Chihei Hatakeyama
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Minima Moralia (2005) , 5/10

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 crescendo. The distorted organ drones of Swaying Curtain in the Window mutate into a idyllic harp-like section which in turn mutates into a confused electronic warble. 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. (Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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