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A soundtrack for their first retrospective exhibition at Mori Art Center in Tokyo in 2009-2010 commissioned to Yoshio Machida by legendary French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels.

Machida, Yoshio
The Spirit of Beauty

Machida, Yoshio: The Spirit of Beauty (Amorfon)
Label: Amorfon    
Released in: Japan    

"Commissioned work from a legendary French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels to experimental steelpanist / composer Yoshio Machida. This is a soundtrack for their first retrospective exhibitoin at Mori Art Center in Tokyo in 2009-2010. From minimal ensemble like Nyman and Bryers to Jazzy ambient pieces with feeling of Penguin Cafe, some instruments/sounds; piano, strings, winds, sitar, steelpan, Gamelan, field-recording and electronics are integrated neoclassically. In very slow tempo, each polyrhythmic phrases are intricately-intertwined in silence. It's like resplendent points of jewel. Machida took ambient suite format to express the exhibition themes (nature, elegance, adventure=Eastern design). At the gallery, there are 3 rooms for "nature", "elegance/adventure" and "Incarnation". For instance, for the room of "elegance/adventure", 8 channels multitrack system was used. Each sounds were out from different loudspeakers installed all around. This album was remixed as stereo recording. For the exhibition, Patrick Jouin (French architect/designer became independent from Philippe Starck) designed all installations."-Amorfon

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Product Information:

UPC: 4562144180117

Label: Amorfon
Catalog ID: 011
Squidco Product Code: 14065

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Japan
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by yoshio Machida at Smallaxe in 2009.


Yoshio Machida-steelpans, keyboard, ukulele, voice, gongs, water, program

Yoshida Daikiti-sitar


Kunikazu Tanaka-sax

Kohei Kawamura-gamelan gongs

Seigen Tokuzawa-cello

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Track Listing:

1. The Spirit of Elegance 1 5:13

2. The Spirit of Elegance 2 3:29

3. Labyrinth 2:43

4. The Spirit of Nature 5:07

5. The Spirit of Adventure 1 6:05

6. Alhambra 4:02

7. The Spirit of Adventure 2 6:14

8. Incarnation 3:46

9. Farewell 2:56