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Tomoko Sauvage

Ombrophilia

Label: Aposiopèse

Format: Vinyl LP

Genre: Electronic

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Ombrophilia is a collection of sound experiments I made with porcelain bowls filled with water between 2006 and 2008. Inspired by Jalatarangam, traditional Indian instrument, I started to play the 'waterbowls' with wooden spoons and metal wire (Mylapore, Jalatarangam Revisited). Since I immersed hydrophones in them, I have tried various ways of resonating the bowls without touching their surface : flicking, stirring, waving and dripping water All the compositions here are multitracked and edited on computer. I also inserted thin layers of field recordings I made in South India, notably in beautiful Mylapore of Chennai, where I met one of the last masters of Jalatarangam, Aanayampatti Ganesan. (Tomoko Sauvage. 2011). Vinyl re-issue of Ombrophilia. Aposiopèse 2012. Tomoko sauvage Ombrophilia, previously released by and/OAR cd 2009


'The result is soothing, seductive and sensual, like a ong hot bath. I could soak in it forever' (The Wire)

'Difficult not to remain charmed, if not entirely mesmerized, by Tomoko Sauvage's music for water, porcelain bowls and hydrophones, delicately represented by the 40 minutes of Ombrophilia. This is a model case in which, rather than looking at the technical aspect of things, one should simply let the sound influence the spirit. There's both structure and rational process at work, yet they're not as significant as the warm luminescence that these soothingly resonant pieces irradiate. With the exception of "Mylapore", which uses metal wire to produce a growingly intricate ringing texture (imagine three or four superimposed gamelans amidst a hundred bicycle bells) and the minimal-yet-powerful "Jalatarangam Revisited", the tracks essentially exploit the ear-cuddling fluid shifts generated by the hydrophones, that typical wavering of moving waters within a pot that we've all experienced while helping mum to wash the dishes. The two chapters of "Amniotic Life" and "Raindrop Exercise" give the idea of different kinds of bell towers, the tolling modified by a morphing acoustic lattice quietly wrapping their quintessence. But the album's high point is "Making Of A Rainbow", a touching, carillon-like wonder of a piece whose qualities are summed up in a single adjective : vulnerable.   (Paris Transatlantic)

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Cat. number: Aposiopèse 07
Year: 2012
Notes:
Ltd 300

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