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Gustafsson, Mats / Otomo Yoshihide: Duo / Timing (Doubtmusic)

Meeting at GOK Sound studio in Kichijoji, Japan in front of a small audience, Swedish baritone saxophonist Mats Gustafsson (The Thing, Fire!) also performing on flutephone and live electronics, and Otomo Yoshihide (Ground-Zero, Regenorchester) performing on guitar, turntable and banjo, recorded these eight amazing improvisations of unusual and unique attitudes and timing.
 

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Mats Gustafsson-baritone saxophone, flutephone, electronics

Otomo Yoshihide-turntabels, guitar, banjo


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Includes a 16 page booklet with essays by Gustafsson, Yoshihide, Manabu Yuasa and Jun Numata, plus color images.

UPC: 4571222591721

Label: Doubtmusic
Catalog ID: dmf-172
Squidco Product Code: 31001

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels w/ booklet
Recorded at GOK Sound, in Kichijoji, Japan, on June 4th, 2018, by Yoshiaki Kondoh.

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It was a one-shot recording, no editting, no overdubbing. An intense duo from two frequent collaborators, open-recorded at GOK Sound, Kichijoji on 2018 in front of a small audience. The duo intertwine Gustafsson' baritone saxophone--his self-made instrument the "flutephone", a reed with flute and electronics--and Yoshihide's turntables, guitar & banjo. Gustafsson titled the CD "Timing", explaining that timing is the very thing need for music, record collecting and cooking.


Includes a 16 page booklet with essays by Gustafsson, Yoshihide, Manabu Yuasa and Jun Numata, plus color images.


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Artist Biographies

"Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden.Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Solo artist and international tours and projects with a.o. Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Fake (the facts). Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra,FIRE! Orchestra and the NU - ensemble.over 1800 concerts and over 200 record productions in Europe, Australia, Africa, North & South America and Asia.Collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art, poetry as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.Discaholic - running the discaholic corner website.Producer of international festivals and concert tours as well as work with own record labels Slottet, OlofBright Editions and Blue Tower Records."-Mats Gustafsson Website (http://matsgus.com/archives/category/bio)
7/10/2024

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Otomo Yoshihide - born in 1959 in Yokohama, Japan. As a teenager, he spent time in Fukushima. Staying independent, he has consistently composed a wide range of music from improvisation to noise music and pop, and his music talent has spread all over the world. He has a successful career as a film score composer and has produced more than 70 movie soundtracks. In recent years, he has produced special type of concerts and musical works in collaboration with other various artists under the name of "ensembles". In addition, one of his priorities is,producing musical workshop projects involving handicapped children. In 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake , he started "PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!" along with people in various sectors. He has been active beyond the music scene and this is the reason that he has attracted a great deal of attention. In 2012, he received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in the category of Promotion for "PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!". In 2013, he received various prizes including the Japan Record Award for his accomplishments, such as composing the theme music for the TV drama "Amachan".

"I use my real name "Otomo Yoshihide" as my stage name. When you write your Japanese name in English alphabet, many people often write their given names first, then their family names, following in the Western traditional culture. But originally, some Asian countries, including Japan, write their family names first, and then their given names follow after that. In my opinion, there is not only one standard for people's names and we should respect the values each person attaches to their name. Calling someone by his first name is a wonderful custom in Western culture to express familiarity with each other but that custom is not necessary in Japan because nobody has ever called me by my first name. It does not mean that people are unlikely to become close friends with me. It is just that calling me "Otomo" seems easier. There are some places with such customs in the world; where people friendlily call you by your family name. I am definitely not a nationalist but I have a feeling that something is wrong with those people who do not only disregard the tradition I am familiar with, but would rather follow Western standards.

For this reason, I would like to continue using the notation "Otomo Yoshihide" as before. When you call me, please call me "Otomo" as before. This will not cause any problems in its use. Until now, many people have written my name "Yoshihide Ōtomo" or "Yoshihide Otomo" but please understand those notations are not my intention. I am sincerely grateful for your consideration."

-Otomo Yoshihide Website (http://otomoyoshihide.com/en/?page_id=4)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. 429 4:29

2. 709 7:10

3. 533 5:33

4. 516 5:16

5. 544 5:44

6. 531 5:32

7. 930 9:29

8. 511 5:11

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Yoshihide, Otomo
Mats Gustafsson
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Stringed Instruments
Duo Recordings
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