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Michael Ranta "The Great Wall / Chanta Khat" [CD]

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Label: Robot Records - RR48

大大大推薦!!Timo Van Luijkが運営するアーカイヴレーベルMetaphonより秘蔵音源の発掘が続いていた重鎮パーカッショニストのMichael Ranta。なんと今回は多くの名作を残す米実験の老舗Robot Recordsから1991年作[The Great Wall / Chanta Khat]がリマスター仕様にて復刻!!自身のAsian Sound Recordsから出版した数少ないタイトルの一つであり、一部では高額で取引されていたレア物件。全45分の長編[The Great Wall]はニューヨークのLa Ma Ma実験劇場で1984年に初披露された作品で、小杉武久の[キャッチウェーヴ]やJean Claude Eloyの[Yo-In]を思わせるテープを用いた超極太濃密ドローン作。そして2曲目の[Chanta Khat]は、72年のミュンヘンオリンピックにてマルチメディアインスタレーションの一部として初公開、そして73年に本邦NHKにて音源としてリワークされたフィールドレコーディングを主とした珍しい音源。やはりこの人物が紡ぎ出すサウンドは凄まじい領域。マスト。

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The Great Wall (45:25)
Chanta Khat (29:07)

Michael Ranta has collaborated with Takehisa Kosugi, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Jean-Claude Eloy, Conny Plank, Mike Lewis, and Hartmut Geerken, just to name a few. He was also assistant to Harry Partch and performer in the Gate 5 Ensemble in the 1960s. Additionally, Ranta performed in Stockhausen’s ensemble during the 1970 World Expo in Osaka. Ranta’s resume also includes recordings by Helmut Lachenmann, Herbert Brün, Toru Takemitsu, Josef Anton Riedl, Mauricio Kagel, among others.

Throughout his extensive recordings and live performances, Ranta has furthered the trajectories of contemporary percussion composition alongside works for tape and electronics. His works are fully immersive which evoke vast spaces, ritual, and create an expansive presence for his accompanying multimedia commissions.

For this CD release, two of Ranta’s longform pieces are included: The Great Wall and Chanta Khat. Originally scored for the HT Chen Dance Company as a theater production, The Great Wall premiered in 1984 at the La MaMa experimental theater in New York. This highly detailed composition for electronics, voice, percussion, and tape offers a massive drone based accompaniment for Chen’s stage presentation of the legend of Meng Jiangnu. Yet, Ranta’s composition also creates a fully formed soundtrack that stands beautifully on its own. The atmosphere is very much in the spirit of Kosugi’s multimedia masterwork Catch Wave and Jean Claude Eloy’s large scale production Yo-In which also features Ranta.

Chanta Khat was completed in 1973. An early version of this piece originally premiered as part of a multimedia installation at the 1972 summer Olympics in Munich. This powerful work for tape and electronics includes Ranta’s field recordings documenting his travel in Laos during a lunar eclipse earlier that same year. The piece is a haunting and equally frantic work where the local villagers are heard responding quite emotionally and viscerally to the celestial event of the day. Chanta Khat was later reworked and remixed in 1973 at the NHK electronic music studio in Tokyo. This version is featured here in its entirety.

Packaged in a 6 panel digipak with fully remastered and restored audio. Includes detailed notes by Michael Ranta and features new artwork by Timo van Luijk.