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Unami, Taku

Bot Box Boxes [3 CDs]

Unami, Taku: Bot Box Boxes [3 CDs] (erstwhile)

Performing live in a virtual festival performance at his home studio as an extension of his work at erstwhile's 2011 Amplify festival, Japanese sound artist Taku Unami recorded these three extended works using cardboard boxes and small robots, creating the curious sounds of their interactions and capturing them on binaural microphones to recreate their dynamics as exactly as possible.
 

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Label: erstwhile
Catalog ID: ErstSolo 007
Squidco Product Code: 34088

Format: 3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded on August 23rd, and 24th, 2023.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"For the last few years, Taku Unami and I have periodically discussed potential approaches for his erstsolo, and he explored some of these approaches deeply at times before eventually deciding he wasn't happy with any of the results. In late august 2023, Taku had a breakthrough and recorded three lengthy pieces in a sixteen hour period, all of which appear here in full, unedited and unmixed. The track titles give clues to the three distinct approaches:

Bot uses small robots box a single box boxes several boxes

also I'd like to suggest two things:

1) approach this as a one day Taku Unami Festival, three solo sets, recorded by one binaural microphone. If you were in his room, this is exactly what you would have heard.

2) the title 'bot box boxes' can also be read as a small section of a library's card catalog, thus the contents here (3 cds/162 minutes) represent just a tiny fraction of all of the recordings (potentially) stored there.

Also it should be noted that Taku began working with cardboard boxes around 15 years ago, with his first all-box sets coming in the Sept 2011 Amplify in NYC, so he has been exploring these types of palettes for many years now."-Jon Abbey


Artist Biographies

"Taku Unami was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1976. He is a composer and improviser working with assorted stringed instruments, including the guitar, mandolin, and contraguitar, laptop and vibrating objects (from which he amplifies the inaudible vibrations). Despite being linked to minimal improvisation his music is hardly classifiable, being able to surprise listeners on every new release, raising unforeseen questions and forging new paths for improvisation. He is part of the group HOSE and has active collaborations with Mattin, Taku Sugimoto and Masahiko Okura. In the past he has worked with Radu Malfatti, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Klaus Filip, Masafumi Ezaki, Burkhard Stangl, Rhodri Davies and Keith Rowe, among others. Unami has also composed for film, including 'Lost My Way' (directed by Takeshi Furusawa) and 'In 1,000,000 years' (directed by Isao Okishima). He has released more than 30 records, both solo and in numerous groups and collaborations. He runs the influential label Hibari Music and co-organizes the Tokyo concert series Chamber Music Concerts with Taku Sugimoto and Masahiko Okura."

-Taku Unami Facebook page, Jon Abbey (https://www.facebook.com/Taku.Unami/about/?__xt__=33.%7B%22logging_data%22%3A%7B%22page_id%22%3A%22179276168795059%22%2C%22event_type%22%3A%22clicked_view_page_about%22%7D%7D)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Bot 50:12

CD2



1. Box 59:29

CD3



1. Boxes 52:46

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Electro-Acoustic
Improvised Music
Objects and Home-made Instruments
Asian Improvisation & Jazz
Solo Artist Recordings
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