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Hideki Umezawa & Andrew Pekler "Two views of Amami Oshima" [Cassette]

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カセット版も廃盤間近、お早めに!!2020年末にリリースされ瞬く間に完売となった、ドイツはベルリンにて活動するサウンドコラージュの天才Andrew Peklerとサウンドアーティスト梅沢英樹 氏によるスプリットLP[Two Views Of Amami Ōshima]。本作は2021年の3月にリリースされた限定300部のカセットエディション。奄美大島にて活動した画家"田中一村"のビデオインスタレーション制作の為に島を訪れた梅沢氏が、その滞在期間中に行った多くのフィールドレコーディング。それをもとにAndrew Pekler、梅沢氏の2者が田中一村の心象風景をサウンド化したのが本作。夢見心地でありながらもしっかりとした音響構築が確認出来る大推薦タイトル。



In 1958 the painter Isson Tanaka (°22 July 1908 – *11 September 1977) moved to Amami Ōshima, an island in the Ryukyus. There, in self-chosen isolation, he committed himself exclusively to his art until his sudden passing in 1977.

In 2018 Seiha Kurosawa, Kanako Azuma and Hideki Umezawa visited Amami Ōshima to create a video installation about Tanaka’s insular life. The work, entitled “Dokkyaku” (tr. The Lone Visitor), shifts between the texture and materiality of Tanaka’s paintings in relation to the natural world of Amami Ōshima and its people. The video invites viewers to understand—poetically—the artist’s sensitivity to nature and the expressivity of his works.

During his stay on Amami Ōshima, Hideki Umezawa recorded a lot of natural sounds to recreate a sort of simulated ecology of Tanaka’s mind – or: of the painter’s mind. On this long playing record these recordings are blended with electronically generated sounds. Next, Andrew Pekler, who has never actually visited Amami Ōshima, upon hearing Umezawa’s field recordings creates - in the spirit of Isson Tanaka - a complementary dreamscape of the island’s phenomena. Of what could be.

This is a work that doubts between site specific and creative imagination. With sounds echoing between the anecdotic and the imaginary. It is a sensitive and highly stylized interpretation of a world that Isson Tanaka had also carefully studied. A painter at work; a way of seeing.

So, after Christophe Piette’s ‘Six Tableaux de Quelpaert’, released by Edições CN in 2019, we again moore an island in the nautical footsteps of a painter. While Piette drew a story through – among other things - recording dialogues at his island home, at the restaurant table, et al. Pekler and Umezawa paint their pictures in a more musical fashion. Where natural sounds evaporate into electronic clouds of imagination.