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.
Catalog ID: YM9110
Squidco Product Code: 22043
Packaging: LP in a clear vinyl sleeve.
Recorded in Japan.
Yoshio Machida-steelpan drums
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"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...".-AmorfonSee also Steelpan Improvisation Series "ro".