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- Mirror by Chihei Hatakeyama
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 11 August 2011
More reflective musical soundscapes from Room 40, this time from Tokyo's leading light in minimalist composition Chihei Hatakeyama. Mirror explores the concepts of reflection, ricochet and reverberation and uses the idea of a mirror to solidify these conceptual soundscapes. The details of this concept are explained in the press release but in brief, the idea with 'Mirror' seems to be to record and re-record passages of music in different reverberant spaces in an effort to capture not only the music itself but the harmonic qualities of the room they were recorded in. The end result is collection of ambient pieces composed using vibraphone, piano and electric guitar which are then reinterpreted by the process of their recording technique. This is interspersed with various field recordings that are very much reflective in nature and reinforce Hatakeyama's meditative approach to soundscape composition. Much like Steinbrüchel's 'Narrow' (also available this week from Room 40) it makes for peaceful, contemplative listening that will most likely be enjoyed privately. Again, a must for you new age explorers out there.
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