毎度裏切らない素晴らしい内容。ドイツの作家Marc Behrensが2009年に出していたEntr'acteからの2009年CD [A Narrow Angle]。台湾で採取した都市部のゲームセンター、地下鉄、少し離れた寺院の環境音を使ったフィールドレコーディングものですが、やっぱりこの人のミックスのセンスはどの角度から聴いても秀逸でゾワゾワっとくるものがあります。ピンクのインサートを使った初回ジャケ。
Concrete sound recordings made between September 2005
and January 2006 in Taiwan, an island with three names.
“During the last ten years I occasionally recorded at subway
trains and stations in various places, but in A Narrow Angle:
Taipei Metro Easycard 500 NT$ I focused on a very particular
aspect encountered in the Taipei Metro (hence ‘narrow angle’).
This piece is the second of three parts: part one focuses on
recordings from crowded urban game parlours; part three on
recordings from around a Taoist temple at the edge of the
forest north of Taipei.
A Narrow Angle: Taipei Metro Easycard 500 NT$ is based on
recordings of the sounds of automated barriers in several
Taipei Metro stations, specifically when passengers activate
them with their electronic tickets (Easycards). Two different
signals can be distinguished: a tone (sine wave) when there
is sufficient credit charge on the card and entrance is granted,
and a squeak (sawtooth wave) which notifies the passenger
when the card needs to be recharged. Within groups of
barriers the beeping tones are slightly detuned (which also
depends on the position of the listener). Thus, a shifting
microtonal play of varying density results. This is mostly
noticed during rush hours, and clearly stands out from the
shuffling noise of the large masses of commuters.”
Two days in a different city, its skyline a bit worn down, with
traces of recent fires, warped plastic façade elements flaking
off buildings, a burnt out KTV sign at the top of a rotten
concrete tower. Walking down the street with an artist friend,
we come across a peculiar kind of shop, its name alluding to
a ‘Magic Mushroom’. Through the window we can see a number
of machines, their unfamiliar elements suggesting an obscure
We enter to check out what the place actually offers and are
greeted by a middle-aged man in a white laboratory coat.
In answer to my friend’s mocking questions he explains to
her (and she translates to me) that he uses a unique magic
mushroom to heal any problems in your body. To channel
and accentuate the energy present in the (dried) mushroom,
he uses some computer chips. The chips are stuck into the
meat of the mushroom, and the resulting bio-cybernetic
chimeras are embedded into resin.