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The 1st of 2 album with Amorfon label leader Yoshio Machida performing acoustic improvisation on the steelpan drum influenced by traditional Indian improvised music, adding elements of Jazz, twelve-tone and ethnic music to create a unique hybrid, in a limited clear vinyl LP.

Machida, Yoshio
Steelpan Improvisation Series "i" [VINYL]

Machida, Yoshio: Steelpan Improvisation Series

Label: Amorfon    
Released in: Japan    

"Acoustic Steelpan Improvisation work series. Under the influence of traditional Indian improvised music, Machida has played distinctive improvisation so far. Based on the style, elements of Jazz, twelve-tone and ethnic and folk way are added into these albums. It's an expression of innate characteristic in improvised music: obscurity, limitation and temporality, by "no credit (label), transparent (no colors) limited edition vinyl" release. The tracks doesn't have names. It is a kind of sculpture that reminds of steelpan's clear sound.

On side A of Steelpan Improvisation "i", minimal repeated melody (like harmonium) by sine wave functions as a drone that sets up a scale in the piece. On the melody, Machida improvised by steelpan ambiently, with no specific beat. (called alap part in Indian music) As the same as "i", on side A of Steelpan Imporovisation "ro", Machida plays only steelpans, without other sounds. He plays melody, rolling as drone like Tampura.

Side B of "i", steelpansound drifts between Jazzy chords woods by Electric Piano. Side B of "ro", Machida plays very rare low-key Steelpan called Big Mama (made in Germany).

These are no-edited tracks. "i", "ro" means Japanese basic letters (for counting), like "A, B, C...".-Amorfon

See also Steelpan Improvisation Series "ro".

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Price: $17.95
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Shipping Weight: 16.00 units

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Product Information:

UPC: 4562144189110

Label: Amorfon
Catalog ID: YM9110
Squidco Product Code: 22043

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Japan
Packaging: LP in a clear vinyl sleeve.
Recorded in Japan.


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