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Machida, Yoshio

Steelpan Improvisation Series "ro" [VINYL]

Machida, Yoshio: Steelpan Improvisation Series

The 2nd 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.

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product information:

UPC: 4562144189110

Label: Amorfon
Catalog ID: YM9127
Squidco Product Code: 22044

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


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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. 21:50


1. 17:20

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"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", steelpan sound 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 "i".
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Vinyl Recordings
Improvised Music
Percussion & Drums
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