Laptop composer/improviser Chihei Hatakeyama (Japan, 1978) debuted with
Minima Moralia (Kranky, 2005).
Whatever the sources (acoustic instruments?) and the processes (computer
software?) employed, the result is closer to
Brian Eno's ambient music than
Hatakeyama would probably like to admit, although the latter's pieces display
a more lively dynamics.
The revolving drones of Bonfire on the Field stage an emotional
The distorted organ drones of Swaying Curtain in the Window mutate
into a idyllic harp-like section which in turn mutates into a confused
Other tracks are rather uneventful
(Starlight Reflecting on the Surface of the River,
Beside a Well) and their value resides in their timbric excursion
rather than in the concept being it. The problem is that eleven minutes of
admiring a slowly-mutating timbre are probably ten too many.
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