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Sonne und Wasser

Sonne und Wasser is the new album by Japanese minimalist composer H. Takahashi. His aim was to mimic the growth of a plant with music. The four tracks on the album all grow, slowly, from the first, with similar tone and chord progressions. He takes his inspiration from minimalist and ambient masters such as Hiroshi Yoshimura and Satoshi Ashikawa, Erik Satie, John Cage, Brian Eno and Roedelius. Sonne und Wasser is the follow-up to 2017’s Raum.


Incredibly, this masterful album of sublime, sweeping Minimalism was created entirely on an iPhone. This was vital for H.Takahashi as creating on the move and within different environments served as the linchpin to Raum - a meditation on space, sound and its relationship. Created across the city of Tokyo, Raum is inspired by the great tradition of Japanese Minimalism but also from the likes of John Cage, Brian Eno and Erik Satie.