Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Akio Suzuki - Ha Go Ro Mo (Gelbe Musik, 1999)

Akio Suzuki is a Japan-based sound artist, born in North Korean Pyongyang in 1941. Following several years of sound research with a focus on the topography of sound and the nature of reverberation, he began building his own instruments, many of which exploiting those very concepts that had so endeared him. Ha Go Ro Mo was written for his Suzuki-type glass harmonica, a set of glass pipes of varying size on which he either gently finesses or tinkles with with mallets. In doing so, the resonances fill the room, resulting in a variety of naturally occurring melodic artifacts. This recording is from a performance in Naru-Hill, Tango Kyoto, Studio Hotarukago, on June 26, 1996.


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