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|phoenix (uk) #ash 3032 lp|
toshi ichiyanagi / michael ranta / takehisa kosugi “improvisation sep. 1975” long playing record
- improvisation sep. 1975 • part. 1 (21:34)
- improvisation sep. 1975 • part. 2 (23:19)
|june 2012 release ; ... third vinyl issue (after the original 1975 iskra “music liberation center” version ... then the 2002 cortical foundation repro) of this legendary session, recorded at the nhk studio on september 26th, 1975, pitting contemporary japanese composer toshi ichiyanagi, taj mahal travelers head takehisa kosugi, and contemporary-repertoire percussionist michael ranta ...|
... while relatable to kosugi’s semi-contemporaneous “catch wave” ; this is a far more pointillist, “live-concrète” affair, featuring all manner of attack-based instrumentation (ranta, naturally, but also ichiyanagi’s “88 tuned drums”) run through real-time electronic processing, then glued together with kosugi’s time-base-effected violin smear ...
colossal record ; as crucial as the group ongaku material(s) ... highly recommended !!!
toshi ichiyanagi / michael ranta / takehisa kosugi
improvisation sep. 1975
phoenix records (uk)
lp version. originally released on the iskra label in 1975, improvisation sep. 1975 is a mind-bending slice of drone improv from two of japan's post-war heavyweights; former john cage student, juilliard graduate, and yoko ono's former husband, toshi ichiyanagi, takehisa kosugi, considered by many to be the father of what some called "japanese krautrock," and stockhausen percussionist, michael ranta. heavy layers of reverbed ring modulators, threaded vocals, melodicas, pianos, violins, gongs and japanese biwas and shamisens combine to elevate the improvisations into the region of krautrock and in particular, courtesy of ranta, into post-stockhausen-inspired rock à la amon düül.
an extremely rare and highly important album which bridges the gap between the likes of taj mahal travellers and industrial giants nurse with wound. on 180 gram vinyl. includes a japanese lyric sheet insert.