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Akio Suzuki

Only Just Once, Space in the Sun (2CD + Book)

Label: Art Into Life

Format: 2CD + Book

Genre: Sound Art

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Space in the Sun was one of Akio Suzuki’s major sound projects, a unique construction completed in 1988 and located on the meridian line, which took around 18 months to build. Its purpose was to allow Suzuki to spend one day, on the autumnal equinox, purifying his sense of hearing in nature. This release comprises a 44 page book containing plans and materials from the time alongside texts, and two CDs of environmental recordings created on site at Space in the Sun. To date only tiny fragments of the recordings made between those massive clay brick walls have been used in performances and no environmental recordings of the objective of the project, i.e. the space itself, have been released.

The first disk consists of the first release of “person-less” field recordings made at the same spot that Akio sat at during the event (recorded in 1993, 60 minutes). The second disk consists of a performance that took place in the space. Space in the Sun’s earthen walls have since been demolished, so these recordings represent a return to life of their soft echo, an experience accessible nowhere else. 

CD1: A record of the space (60:00)
An unedited one hour cut, taken from one of the three different recordings of Space in the Sun. Recorded by Yoshihiro Kawasaki

CD2: Playing in the space: Throwing and Following (41:30)
A record of a performance by Suzuki at Space in the Sun using tree branches and small pebbles.

Cat. number: MIMI 012-13
Year: 2023