Label: Erstwhile Records
A groundbreaking release from two youngish Japanese improvisers. Sachiko M plays sample-less sampler, and Nakamura uses the no-input mixing board--both instruments which conceptually produce no sound, yet these two conjure it out, somehow.
"Do" was recorded live in Europe and Tokyo last summer, and features three improvisations varying in length from just over two minutes to slightly under 40. While the shorter tracks are worthwhile and hold moments of greatness, it is the first, very long track that is clearly the central piece of the album. Starting from a pure ultra-high pitched sine wave (remember: do not play for your pets), it gradually breaks down into sound vertebrae, which are linked together, gradually building a huge mass of sound. This flowing sound construction gradually envelops and captures the listener inside.
Like Xenakis's "Legende D'Eer", Parmegiani's "De Natura Sonorum" or even Amon Duul's "Psychedelic Underground", this recording is unique upon each listen, as even the slightest shift of one's head creates a vastly different experience. Put very simply: Yes, this is essential. Yes, it will top numerous best of 2001 lists. Why wait? (Other Music, Mike Goodstein)
Cat. number: erstwhile 013