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Lethe: Catastrophe Point #5 (Intransitive Recordings)

"Catastrophe Point #5" is the latest in Kuwayama Kiyoharu's signature series of compositions that explore the charged, mysterious atmosphere of disused industrial sites.

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Label: Intransitive Recordings
Catalog ID: int034
Squidco Product Code: 12204

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Sound materials recorded at No 20 warehouse, a disused grain warehouse in front of Nagoya sea port from October 11-13, 2003.


Kuwayama Kiyoharu-field recordings, electroacoustic composition

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track listing:

1. Untitled 1 22:10

2. Untitled 2 22:00

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Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
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"Catastrophe Point #5 is the latest in Kuwayama Kiyoharu's signature series of compositions that explore the charged, mysterious atmosphere of disused industrial sites. For this album, Lethe turns his attention to an abandoned warehouse by a pier in his hometown of Nagoya, Japan, using objects discovered in situ to perform a ritual of sonic resurrection. He brings a dead space back to life, giving it a voice and allowing it to speak. Metal chains, sheet metal, broken machinery, and factory debris are bowed, struck, and dragged across the concrete floors of the massive hall, reverberating and responding as Kuwayama and his microphones scuttle across the desolate terrain. Growling cello and unstable horns underscore the torrents of percussive clatter. Catastrophe Point #5 is a haunting album of volatile, malevolent ambiance.

Kiyoharu Kuwayama began working with sound in the late 1980s, using half-scale violin, cello, and found junk objects in the group Minotaure. In 1999, he and violinist Rina Kijima formed the improvisational acoustic duo Kuwayama-Kijima to bring their instruments outdoors and perform in environments with unique acoustic properties, notably underneath a highway overpass and in a construction site. Between 1999 and 2003, Kuwayama organized the five-day-long Lethe.Voice.Festival in an unused grain warehouse.

Lethe's previous release on Intransitive was Tsurumai, a stellar collaborative CD with Dutch noise legends Kapotte Muziek. He has also appeared on albums with bassist Matt Heyner (Malkuth, Cold Bleak Heat, No-Neck Blues Band), Jonathan Coleclough, Hidekai Shimada (Agencement), Carter Thornton (Enos Slaughter, Izititiz), Kiyoshi Mizutani, and Campbell Kneale (Birchville Cat Motel).

For fans of Christoph Heemann, Surface of the Earth, The New Blockaders, Z'ev, or Organum."-Intransitive Records

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