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Different Speeds

Label: Edition Zeroso

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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New label for noise / experimental music, Edition Zeroso was established by musicians of live show series 'Zeroso' at space 'Soup' in Tokyo. The first issue is Reizen’s ambient minimal work Different Speeds. To date, Reizen - who is known for some release on PSF, Fylkingen and Omega Point - has created five works in the Different Speeds series. Four of them were created between 2011 and 2012, and now after a gap of seven years, Different Speeds No.4 is finally seeing the light of day. The first work in the series, released as an untitled CDr in 2011 was inspired by two sounds that he had recorded onto cassettes where variant playback speeds caused them to gradually move out of synchronicity.

Hearing the inspiration for this work it is impossible to avoid being reminded of Steve Reich’s early work, but Reizen is adamant that at the time he was not yet aware of Reich’s music. The next work in the series, No.1 (unreleased) used four sounds, while No.3 (unreleased) used three sound sources. Utilizing the same concept while changing the number of sound sources allowed Reizen to elicit different results, but on No.4 he returns to two sound sources (a third sound appears in the later stages, but the majority of the piece is constructed using just two sound sources). Purely in terms of the number of sources used, it would seem as though Reizen has returned to his original point of departure. However, a comparison of No.0 and No.4 reveals a more refined manifestation of the original idea that even two sounds moving out of synchronicity can become music.

While the work is exceedingly limited in its acoustic range, if you give yourself over to the sense of instability created by the constant variance of the intervals between the two sounds, time seems to elapse in a blink of an eye. As a whole, rather than its acoustic qualities, the series demands that you listen closely to the expansion and contraction and interrelationship of time that is created in the spaces between the sounds. The repetition is created using feedback delay, however, if you don’t exercise close control over the feedback, subtle changes in the volume will soon overwhelm the sound. To prevent this happening, Reizen manually rides the controls on the delay to balance out this tendency.

These manual interventions cause subtle variances in the volume, which in turn creates an organic effect that would be impossible to realise through digital looping. - Haruyuki Suzuki, translated by Alan Cummings

Cat. number: ZRS-001
Year: 2019

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