Thursday, November 10, 2005

Cool Japanese ambient

Japan's Takagi Masakatsu is a seasoned audio/visual pioneer whose work has been projected and played in galleries and clubs throughout Europe, the United States, and the Pacific Rim. His '00 debut for NYC's Carpark Records features an array of interesting sounds -- sampled from human beings, nature, and environments -- to which he adds his own ambient textures. His '02 followup, Opus Pia, features sounds and images he captured on the road in countries such as Nepal, Cuba, the U.S., France, Indonesia, Turkey, Greece, Thailand, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and Japan. With his girlfriend Shinako on vocals, the album explores the tiny miracles of everyday life.


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