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File under: NHK Studio

Joji Yuasa

Obscure Tape Music Of Japan Vol. 12: Miniatures Of Concrete Works

Label: Edition Omega Point

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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Edition Omega Point presents work by legendary Japanese composer Joji Yuasa -- one of most important composers in Japan after World War II. "Nadja, Twincling in Stars" (1963) is the incidental music, by NHK Radio, based on "Nadja" by Andre Breton who made "Declaration of Sur-Realisme." The actual chart of constellations was played by three players (violin, piano and vibraphone) which was used as the music score. Birdsong, electronics, and sound generated from inside the piano using music concrète techniques were constructed at the NHK Electronic Music Studio where Yuasa's first so-called pure electronic piece "Projection Esemplastic For White Noise" was made in the same year of 1963. "Music For A Cenotaph For Industrial Victims" (1972) was set in the woods of Tama Hills, in the suburb of Tokyo. The music consists of echoing wooden bells in the woods, made from lowered marimba moderated by square wave, various metamorphosed sounds reminiscent of industrial work to accompany the offering flowers by the attendants, and again, more reverberant sounds of wooden bells. "Music For The Main Pavillion Of The Okinawa Oceanic Expo" (1975) is a musique concrète work which was made for the Oceanic Expo in Okinawa prefecture in 1975. Folk music with an indigenous stringed instrument (Jamisen), voices of various sea birds, the engine sound of a boat, and metamorphosed instrumental sounds reminiscent of the wind and waves combined with orchestral chamber music. Italian folk song "To The Sea" is arranged for chamber orchestra and recorded by the composer as an important sound source of this work. Limited edition of 500 copies only.

File under: NHK Studio
Cat. number: OPA-012
Year: 2011

Edition Omega Point presents these works of musique concrète from legendary Japanese composer Joji Yuasa for the first time on CD |Limited edition of 500 copies only | Housed in a cardboard paper gatefold sleeve in an original design |Newly-written liner notes in Japanese & English by the artist himself |New cover art by Ryuhei Yuasa |Yuasa founded the Jikken Kobo (Experimental Workshop) with composer Toru Takemitsu, and also composed work for Japanese directors Nagisa Oshima and Toshio Matsumoto.

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