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On the surface an album of organized field recordings, which Eric Cordier recorded in both France and Japan, from outdoor sounds (frogs/birds) to indoor environments, over which Murayama added percussion and vocal utterances, synthesizing unusual and engaging environments.

Cordier, Eric / Seijiro Murayama

Cordier, Eric / Seijiro Murayama: Nuit (Herbal International)

Label: Herbal International    
Released in: Malaysia    

"A very unusual and enjoyable collaboration and a good example of a fresh approach to field recordings as integrated with improvisation. At Murayama's request, Cordier conducted a number of recordings at various sites in Japan (and some in France) ranging from actual field, replete with frogs and birds, to urban environments, households, temples, etc. To this soundtrack, Murayama added percussion and vocal sounds although one of the fascinating and ingratiating things about the disc is that, more often than not, the listener is hard-pressed to distinguish any particularly percussive sounds from the environmental ones. One can make guesses although concentrating on that aspect quickly becomes meaningless and distracting. You're better off simply allowing yourself to drift off into this dreamlike construction with its enormous variety of sounds, gentle and harsh, serious and comic, almost always multi-layered and extremely enticing. Richard posted a fine review a couple months back with more detail and Cordier, in the comments section, offered more and linked to a related video involving "painting with fire" (whence the cover image of this disc) which is quite enjoyable and interesting to play, at volume, along with the CD (!).

Cordier also explains the brief electronic portion that disrupts things, not in a bad way, toward the latter half of the disc, a disconcerting intrusion that somehow works, jolting us just as we're beginning to settle in and accept this sound-world. Further, "Nuit" ends with a massive "drum solo", a rather magnificent one, a barrage of clattering cymbals, struck skin and rubbed surfaces, more sleet storm than anything else.

A fine recording--check it out."-Brian Olewnick, Just Outside

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Product Information:

Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 1004
Squidco Product Code: 20797

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Malaysia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Composed in 2007-2008


Eric Cordier

Seijiro Murayama

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Track Listing:

1. Untitled 8:53

2. Untitled 7:47

3. Untitled 15:45

4. Untitled 13:00

5. Untitled 10:06