Monday, May 30, 2016

Soothing music

Three weeks ago, San Francisco-based music critic Marc Weidenbaum created a set comprising 21 tracks by 13 artists - Vladimir Conch, Cullen Miller, Erika Nesse, Julsy, Marcus Fischer, Stabilo (Speaker Gain Teardrop), North Americans, Yasuo Akai, nystada, Bassling, William Boldenreck, Scanner Darkly, To├án, and R Ben - for Resonance 104.4 FM, Free Lab Radio hosted by Fari Bradley. It is archived here ( The set is entitled Afternoon Music for Day or Night. Does this 'afternoon' mean something like a midday break? It is somewhat soothing to listen to.

I have created few electronic music for the past few years. One of the reasons for this is that the people I meat here in Tokyo are not making electronic music. They play instruments, or sing. They are mostly not professionals in conventional sense. Trumpeter Kyoko Yamamoto is one of them. Although she is working with a so-called "experimental" band such as Maher Shalal Hash Baz, I don't think she considers herself "experimental musician." She often gives me her own melodic materials and asks me to make something out of them. She seems interested in facilitating a musical event in which anyone can participate in, but not interested in creating music that sounds like "experimental." Last year she facilitated an event called "the Beginning of Winter" in which the participants practice her piece called the Beginning of Winter, for which I provided the parts. The record bellow somewhat sounds like the Portsmouth Sinfonia. It was Yamamoto's goal to create a warm, inviting, and intimate atmosphere - can you feel that?

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