Using guidelines related to form, time, sound source and density, the trio of Tim Olive on magnetic pickups, Takahiro Kawaguchi and Makoto Oshiro on self-made instruments, recorded these compositions live, named for the atmosphere of the recording environment.
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Label: 845 Audio
Catalog ID: 845-5
Squidco Product Code: 19826
Packaging: Letterpress Recycled Chipboard Package
Recorded in Tokyo, Japan in January 2014.
Takahiro Kawaguchi-self-made instruments
Tim Olive-magnetic pickups
Makoto Oshiro-self-made instruments
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"The title "Airs" refers to the meaning of the word as a tune or a song, more broadly interpreted as a composition. The four pieces here are all "compositions" in the sense that they all use pre-chosen general guidelines related to form, time, sound sources and density. The plural form is used because there is more than one "song". The pieces were recorded live in a studio in Tokyo, mainly with microphones (relatively little direct signal), so there is also the element of "air", the sound and atmosphere of the room. And of course there are all the attractive idioms such as "putting on airs" and "hot air"..."-845 Audio
"Tim Olive's work, utilizing magnetic pickups and analog electronics, is predicated on collaboration. Extensive live action in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia has provided opportunities to play with a wide range of musicians in event-specific one-off contexts, as well as ongoing performing/recording collaborations with Anne-F Jacques, Takuji Naka, Jason Kahn, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Makoto Oshiro, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Nick Hoffman, Crys Cole, and Francisco Meirino. Recent live collaborators include Richard Kamerman, Nate Wooley, Jin Sangtae, Madoka Kouno, Takuji Naka, Carl Stone and Tetuzi Akikyama."-845 Audio
"All three musicians have done very fine, very exploratory work in the past, so there’s an extra level of appreciation for this set of quiet, relatively friendly tracks that make great use of silence, quasi-rhythmic elements and occasionally gentle, near tonal sounds, all combined to produce that feeling of ineffable structure that might be thought of as “song”. How this happens, I’ve no idea. True, the sounds themselves are less harsh that you might expect though there’s plenty of edge and rawness in, say, the opening metallic scrapes on the first track or some soft groans on the third, but they’re deployed in such a patient manner and spaced so well that they’re somehow capable of being interpreted as sung verses. As well, there tends to be either some spare sustained tones weaving through the mix or thin percussive ones.. These provide sequences of ticks or clicks that help form a (temporary) framework of sorts, rickety here, more solid there. The basic calmness in effect throughout, gently accented by these merest nods to wisps of tempi and melody are more than enough to impart that songlike feeling. That and the unhurried but flowing deliberateness. I’m afraid I’m doing a poor job at communicating how this music actually sounds but maybe that’s the nature of the beast. Just try it–it’s unique, wonderful and oddly adventurous in its (very) partial reversion to form."-Brian Olewnick, Just Outside
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"The music of Tim Olive arises from collaboration with fellow musicians/sound artists, collaboration with physical and temporal setting, and collaboration with those involved in the act of listening. Using simple materials (magnetic pickups, steel strings, tuning forks, metal strips, hand-wound motor mechanisms, magnetic tape, dental floss and analog electronics), Olive's work examines presence and the present, the interplay of the human with material/time/space, and the uniqueness, intensity and unrepeatability that lives in each performing and/or recording situation.
He is interested in music as a social activity, as a way of creating community, a way of countering the forces which lead to an increasing atomization of contemporary life; music as a felt experience rather than as a concept or a theory.
A Canadian residing in Kobe, Japan, Olive has released music on Japanese, European and North American labels, with Jeff Allport, Cristian Alvear, Pascal Battus, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Samuel Dunscombe, Nick Hoffman, Anne-F Jacques, Jin Sangtae, Jason Kahn, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Francisco Meirino, Katsura Mouri, Takuji Naka, Makoto Oshiro and Ben Owen.
Olive has performed/recorded in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, with the recording collaborators listed above, as well as with Akiyama Tetuzi, Maria Chavez, Che Chen, Kelly Churko, crys cole, Joe Foster, Haco, Hong Chulki, Bonnie Jones, Richard Kamerman, Kostis Kilymis, Siew-Wai Kok, Madoka Kouno, Tomasz Krakowiak, Fangyi Liu, James Rushford, Carl Stone, Fritz Welch, Nate Wooley, Jared Xu and Yan Jun.
In addition to organizing events in Japan, Olive runs the label 845 Audio."-Tim Olive 10/12/2018
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