Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Keiji Haino ( 灰野敬二 ) - Abandon All Words At A Stroke, So That Prayer Can Come Spilling Out (2001)

| Avant-Garde | Experimental Hurdy-Gurdy |
| Experimental Electronic | Noise |

Two full CDs worth of slowly-inching tectonic continental sound plates from Tokyo’s supreme sullen small one, Keiji Haino. The first five-inch tiddlywink in this set finds Haino teaming up with the hurdy gurdy for the fourth time–in CDland, that is. Unlike the relentless PSF, Tokuma and Halana screech cloud forays of yore, however, this’n’ here forges onward into much more subtle, almost shy areas of own-foot-starin’ quasi-gentle puffery. But such a nicely suspended example of sustained spirit envelope hasn’t often been floated by anyone else in such a pristine manner as this. Deep, drifting atmosphere with distant banshee vocals emanate from the direct center of infinity. What a nice addition–a la Affection, Nijiumu, etc.–to a catalog now hinting at the vastness of Sun Ra’s.

Disc two marks Haino’s first recorded use of the wave drum. This instrument “allows you to select/design your own drum sound, and because it uses a drum head with mics for its source waveforms, it accurately captures the nuances of various drumming techniques—including brushing, etc. It has not sold well, probably partly because of the price, and partly because of the culture and mindset of most drummers, who seem to prefer a diverse kit that they can whack with a stick to the sonic possibilities that the wave drum offers.” This disc features one long track divided up into numerous different sections, ranging from far away echoey mists to dry percussion taps with flangey electronic washes that sound exactly as you would expect something called a “wave drum” to. And it’s almost constantly accompanied by a wide variety pack of vocals, including grunts, groans, moans, squeals, squeaks and screams–you know, the full treatment of pure Haino vocal cordness.

Catalog: ALIENCD 027 (Alien8 Recordings)
Album overview on Arcane Candy

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