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.
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Recorded by yoshio Machida at Smallaxe in 2009.
Yoshio Machida-steelpans, keyboard, ukulele, voice, gongs, water, program
Kohei Kawamura-gamelan gongs
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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
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"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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"Yoshio Machida (町田 良夫 Yoshio Machida?, born 1967 in Japan) is an experimental musician, a steelpanist, composer, and visual artist.
A member of ASCAP, Machida studied minimal art, music and film at the Tama Art University under Kuniharu Akiyama, Yoshiaki Touno, Sakumi Hagiwara and Kishio Suga. In the 1990s, Machida worked for an international cooperation in Asia and Africa.
Machida's first album Hypernatural (1999) had been featured with Brian Eno and Oval (band) on David Toop's article about Generative music. In 2001, Machida started to play improvised music by Steelpan with computer program Max/MSP. Machida has been invited to perform in ISEA2004, Sónar Tokyo, MaerzMusik and other venues. In 2004, Machida founded an experimental music label Amorfon. In 2007, Machida formed an electric Dub band miimo with tatsu and Norihide Saji. Machida also organized "Japan-Macedonia exchange art exhibition" and some workshops for children.
As a visual artist, Machida has produced Photobatik like Photogram technique using photographic paper. Photograms are produced by partial exposure and development of the entire photosensitive surface. Photobatik is "whole exposure and partial development." Machida has expanded his technique to overexposure of the photographic paper followed by only fixing the image, resulting in a pink image."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshio_Machida)
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"Tatsuya Yoshida, born in Kitakami, Iwate is a Japanese musician; drummer and composer who is the only consistent member of the renowned progressive rock duo Ruins, as well as Koenji Hyakkei. He is also a member of the progressive rock trios Korekyojinn and Daimonji. Outside his own groups, Yoshida is renowned for his tenure as drummer in the indie progressive group YBO2, a band also featuring guitarist KK Null, whom he also joins in the current line up of Zeni Geva and he has played drums in a late edition of Samla Mammas Manna. He has been cited as "[the] indisputable master drummer of the Japanese underground". Along with his participation in bands, he has also released several solo recordings."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatsuya_Yoshida)
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