美麗特殊装丁にて面白コンセプチュアル作だけを発表し続けるマニアから人気のSuppedaneum。このレーベルから2016年に[Acceptance]という図形、テキスト、記号からなる楽譜録音を発表したUK在住の赤間涼子 氏による第二弾作品。前作同様にWill Montgomery、Joseph Clayton Millsという他者のリアライズとなっており、それぞれの解釈で27分ずつの演奏を披露。特にエグい爆音に持って行くWill Montgomeryのピアノ・ライブエレクトロニクスが聴きもの。スコアやリスト、テキストが入った木製封筒パッケージ。限定100。
Presenting realizations by Will Montgomery and Joseph Clayton Mills of two compositions by Ryoko Akama, inscriptions is the second in a series of releases documenting Akama’s “proposal” scores. The use of this word, “proposal,” is deliberate and crucial. It makes clear that Akama’s compositions are suggestions, put forward for consideration and exploration, rather than directives to be obeyed. As with acceptance, released by Suppedaneum in 2016, each proposal in the series draws on a similar compositional vocabulary—arrows, shaded boxes, and fragments of text—but each is also subtly different, written to reflect the particular character of the musician to whom it is dedicated. The scores themselves are open and allusive, occupying an ambiguous middle ground between drawing, poetry, and instructions, and the question of how these elements are to be assembled and understood is left unresolved. Or, rather, it is left to the imagination and understanding of each performer. Each score thus originates as a kind of portrait but, in the act of realization, becomes just as much a self-portrait. What each performer brings to Akama’s proposals—how they chose to recognize themselves in what she has given them, and how they accept, resist, or reinscribe her compositions—becomes as crucial as what she offers them.
This release, presented together in a wooden veneer envelope, includes an archival CD-R containing realizations of each piece, one copy of each of the two proposals, a brief text from each performer describing their approach to Akama’s score, and an additional informational sheet providing credits and track listing.
This is Suppedaneum no. 14.
1. a proposal - six, for Will Montgomery [27:00]
2. a proposal - seven, for Joseph Clayton Mills [27:00]
All compositions by Ryoko Akama
Mastered by A.F. Jones at Laminal Audio, San Diego, California.