2007/12/05

Hosokawa redux - accordion/sho


In spite of a kinda new-age title, a thick, tight, laser-focused record of ur-timbral drone-magic...maybe one of my favorite drone-oriented recordings ever. Awesome.

Toshio Hosokawa / Gagaku: DEEP SILENCE (Wergo Concept Series 68012)
http://rapidshare.com/files/74380824/Hosokawa_DeepSilence.part1.RAR
http://rapidshare.com/files/74379950/Hosokawa_DeepSilence.part2.RAR
(mp3-256)

Label description:
“Music,” says Toshio Hosokawa, “is the place where notes and silence meet.” This identifies his aesthetic concept as a genuinely Japanese one. It is found both in Japanese landscape painting and in the music, such as the courtly gagaku, in which audible sound always stands in relation to nonsound, i.e. to silence. In their rhythmic proportions Hosokawa's compositions are oriented around the breathing methods of Zen meditation, with their very slow breathing in and very slow breathing out: “Each breath contains life and death, death and life.”
Mayumi Miyata (sho – the instrument of the universe or of tradition) and Stefan Hussong (accordion – the human or contemporary instrument) are among the most important interpreters of Hosokawa's music, which here is framed by four traditional gagaku pieces.

Toshio Hosokawa:
1. Cloudscapes. Moon Night for sho and accordion
2. Sen V for accordion
3. Wie ein Atmen im Lichte for sho solo

Traditional Gagaku:
1. Banshikicho no choshi for accordion and sho
2. Oshikicho no choshi for sho solo
3. Hyojo no choshi for accordion solo
4. Ichikotsucho no choshi for accordion and sho

15 comments:

Le Lezard Noir said...

Hi there is a problem to dezip the second part...

zhao said...

looks very very good... :)

grasprelease said...

I am wondering if perhaps the freeware program I use, Gumby on a Mac, is not good for some people trying to unzip? Are those having trouble using PCs? Please, those with experience between platforms, let me know if there is good freeware for Mac to create RAR files!

Anonymous said...

yeah on a mac i get a "please locate..." message

grasprelease said...

I just downloaded both parts and successfully unpacked them using MacPAR Deluxe, freeware for OSX (and not the same software I use to make the RARs). I'm not sure what to tell those who cannot open these; sorry for the trouble, but until I can find a RAR-creator that makes perfect files regardless of the operating system and unrar program used, I'll probably keep making RAR files the same way. Please let me know if you have experience in this.

Le Lezard Noir said...

with macpar there is stilla problem to dezip track 5 wich was buging with stuffit

bb said...

i unpacked just fine w/UnRARX on my mac

gd said...

thanks alot for this.
its an excellent discs.
the traditional gagaku pieces are sublime....

i also used UnRARx to unpack it.
i recommend that program for mac.

Le Lezard Noir said...

strange, with unrar aswell there is a problem unziping the 5th track
05 hyojo no choshi.mp3 - CRC failed
...

alby said...

What a gorgeous album, time slows to a very manageable pace... :)

thanks.

pan_sonic said...

"Are those having trouble using PCs?"

No! :)

rockin'n'rollin' said...

Excuse me, but Stockhausen is music or noise?

Anonymous said...

rockin'n'rollin' said: "Excuse me, but Stockhausen is music or noise?"

The answer is "yes."

Anonymous said...

Thank you for providing so interesting music!

Anonymous said...

No can open after first part. Not a problem with other stuff.. MAC User