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File under: MinimalAmbient

Seiji Nagai

Early Electronic Works (CD + Poster)

Label: Edition Omega Point

Format: CD + Poster

Genre: Electronic

In stock


* Edition of 100 * In August 1979, ONNYK planned an event called “The Fifth Column Week!" = Daigoretsu Week!, he was o ne of leader of the expanded category group. It was a gallery event where 22 participants from Tokyo , Kyoto, and Morioka hold exhibitions of objects and graphic works, performances, poetry readings, p hysical workshops, theatrical events and improvisations. As part of that, I asked Seiji Nagai to per form a live performance of sitar solo. This special edition #1 consists of regular CD and reprinted poster (20% reduction, 410mm x 410mm) of “The Fifth Column Week!”. The poster was designed by ONNYK and Shohachiro Takahashi, one of pioneer of Japan’s concrete poetry. And it express 70’s underground culture. limited to 100 copies.

Born in Tokyo in 1948, Seiji Nagai studied drums in a music class when he was in junior high school. He op ened his eyes to free jazz and improvisation, started an improvisation concert with Tokio Hasegawa i n 1967, and played the trumpet as a member of the "Taj-Mahal Travelers" in 1969. After that, Mr. Nagai studied sitar at an music school in India. After he returned to Japan, he perf ormed sitar concerts all over Japan. He started composing on a computer around 1979, so this time his works will be introducing works at that time.

Two pieces were recorded on each side of cassette tape, which are written only as Medium and Sea, are a minimalist, floating sound composed mainly of synthesizer refrains, with ambiguous be ginnings and endings. The sound of real waves is added to the Sea. From that time on, he was interes ted in environmental sounds. The two works revealed this time are regarded by Mr. Nagai himself as "these are the origin of my sy nthesizer and computer music." - from liner note by ONNYK

File under: MinimalAmbient
Cat. number: OP-0017
Year: 2021

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