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Toshi Ichiyanagi

Obscure Tape Music Of Japan Vol.5: Music For Tinguely

Label: Edition Omega Point

Format: Vinyl LP

Genre: Music from Japan

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Limited edition of 300 copies. Music For Tinguely was composed in 1963, Appearance in 1967, Music For Living Space in 1969. "in 1967, i was staying in new york for about 10 months with my wife and 2 years old son as a composer in residence under the invitation of jdr 3rd fund. my position was quite free so i was enjoying stimulating new york life by meeting friends of various fields, participating concerts of john cage and david tudor and the members of sonic arts union and so on. one day i had a visitor in my apartment who was the composer and the professor of university of california in davis mr. larry austin. he told me that he recently established a music publisher "composers' edition" and he wishes to commision me a new work. i felt strong enthusiasm to new music on his talk, i willingly accepted his offer.
"appearance" was composed under such background while i was in new york and published on first issue of composers' edition."
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the piece is live electronic music and written by graphic notation for electronic equipments and some instruments 2. in this cd, john cage performs in the roll of manipulating electronics and david tudor bandneon and some young violinist and trumpet players participated.

music for living space

the tower named "sun tower" was constructed at the festival plaza when world expo was held in osaka in 1970. the tower had 3 layers inside. representing past was located undeground floor, present on ground level and the future up in the air.

i was asked by producer noboru kawazoe and composer toshiro mayuzumi to compose the music of the future section. it came to my mind ro use the theory talk of architect kisyo kurokawa as a part of music with whom i was working together at the other pavillion and had intimate relation. i thought unique theory of kurokawa could become music inside the future section of sun tower environment. so in stead of his natural voice, i decided to compose artificially made computer voice. at the time of 1970, to make computer speak japanese required advanced technic thus it took me many hours before the piece completed.

1: "hommage to new york"
2: instruction of 3 instruments, 2 oscillators and ring modulators
Details
Cat. number: OPA 005 LP
Year: 2007

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