Celer, continued as a solo project since 2009 by Will Long, continues to create long, warming ambient drone. Akagi was produced for a live yoga event and consists of two reel-to-reels overlapping looped chords. With very minimal changes put on the two elements’ volume and filters throughout, the piece forms a constant, and at the event Long witnessed many people actually falling asleep.
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- Akagi by Celer
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 03 February 2016
Celer aka Will Long is a perpetual music machine. This minimal excursion is the next in a short but highly populated line of music made and released this decade by the man who never rests. But he’s always at rest really, extremely busy surrounding himself with the sleepiest, cosiest music you can imagine.
Take the initial background for Akagi, for example. Music for a live yoga event at a temple in Northern Tokyo. Such is the level of relaxation here that it immediately conjures up imagery of sun-dappled squares filled with bodily unfolding and slowness. It was made using an age-old dual tape machine technique championed by Eno in the late 70s, where related chords are put on two separate tapes, with their volume and speed being manipulated by Celer. An old technique for sure, and you can kind of hear it in the swelling of the chords (in fact, they’re kinda similar in their harmony to Music for Airports..) though the texture is even more restrained than those days. Some lower, warm tones are the body of the soundscape while some more string-like, distant treble layers are the hairs, slowly soaring over the body in some strange biological ballet.
It’s utterly and totally peaceful. Make of that what you will, as there is always the argument that music that accomplishes this same goal in the same way already exists in abundance. Though I doubt anyone who likes this cares about that because they’re too busy daydreaming.
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