Otomo Yoshihide

Filament 1

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Filament is the new project of two ex-Ground Zero players, turntablist Otomo Yoshihide and sampler Sachiko M. It couldn't be less like Ground Zero's freewheeling sonic bricolage, which is a reason for one to trust Yoshihide's aesthetic vision. Filament is an attempt to push experimental music in a new direction -- to open a new field for the 21st century. And as such an attempt, it's mostly successful. Yoshihide and Sachiko M. perform a type of post-sampling music composed from live generated sines and mechanical clicks and drones that are run through no effects or post-production. On this, their first CD put out on the Australian Xtreme label, they offer a range of compositions, from barely audible 20-second hums to longer, more involved works. The quietness of the music really makes you aware of your surroundings -- you'll begin to hear sounds in the background of your everyday environment that you had no idea were there. While the music does make greater claims, this is its most immediate payoff. The album is interesting to listen to as a critique of the clicks + cuts genre as well as a response to the new minimalism of people like Bernhard G√ľnter. It is also an extension of Yoshihide's aesthetic beyond "experimental turntablism" into a new engagement with sound, one that privileges improvisation, meditative absence of self-consciousness, and neo-Luddite technical requirements. This is a good introduction, but one suspects they're better live, so you might want to check out their release on the Amoebic label.

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