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Machida, Yoshio: Naada (Amorfon)

Tokyo based transboundary sound & visual artist Yoshio Machida in his 2006 4th release of steel pan music, here solo or multi-tracked without electronics in 7 pieces including one inspired by Satie.

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UPC: 4562144180063

Label: Amorfon
Catalog ID: amorfon006
Squidco Product Code: 13117

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve
Recorded at Fuchu Studios, Tokyo, 2005-2006


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Artist Biographies:

"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."

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track listing:

1. Lotus Part One 7:44

2. Lotus Part Two 6:37

3. Lotus Part Three 6:13

4. Texas Vino 5:21

5. Bloom 6:59

6. Dew 5:46

7. Lotus Solo 6:26
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"Yoshio Machida is a Tokyo based transboundary sound & visual artist. For his 4th CD, he presents his first-ever set of "acoustic" improvisations using Steel Pans with no electronic processing. Steel Pan's mystic tone which was born in Trinidad and Tobago, a country in the southern Caribbean Sea can be often listened in the latin covered pieces. But this was made from a different perspective. As you could know the process that he changed to use the instrument, gong which was used in his sound collage work based on field-recording to Steel Pan, the impression of this album is like ambient, minimal music or traditional indian music which he inspired.

The music on this album is unlike fugue, gamelan or Tintinnabulation proposed by Arvo Part. It features over-dubbed minimal improvised phrases that create unique random delay like effects, somewhat reminiscent of wind bell sounds. And there is a piece inspired by the milestone of Minimalism, Erik Satie's Vexations, and also a strangely wonderful drone piece created solely from Steel Pan rolls. Like his previous album, the theme of the album is flowers, and the clear sounds of the Steel Pan are sure to treat you with an ambient, meditative and relaxing listening experience."-Amorfon

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Improvised Music
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