CD from Avant-garde Japanese composer Kazuya Ishigami, whose prior work can be known by some of you under the moniker Daruin. Heavily influenced by Buddhist concepts and teachings. Sometimes noisy and sometimes tranquil, just as the mind in transition. An intricate and sometimes delicate sound composition in two parts for your journey on the Path of Enlightenment.
Packaged in a 4-panel Digipak.
Vital Weekly Issue #1282 Review:
"Already around since 1992, Kazuya Ishigami first worked as Billy? and then, solo, I believe as Daruin and starting his Neus-318 label, releasing music from like-minded composers around the world. The information here says, and this is new for me, that he is influenced by "Buddhist concepts and teachings. Sometimes noisy and sometimes tranquil, just as the mind in transition. An intricate and sometimes delicate sound composition in two parts for your journey on the Path of Enlightenment". Both pieces are, save for one second, the same length. It could have been one piece, for all I know, or 99 (the maximum amount for a CD), and the first part of Mind Liberation looks at 'anger sadness, apathy', while the second has a focus on 'vanity, pride, all emotions'. I easily admit not to know too much about Buddhism and how that relates to the world of sound, or how that could be best translated to a composition. The two pieces leave me clueless, I must admit. From what I know of the methods and technology used by Ishigami, he's using a lot of field recordings and electronics and all of this goes into the computer for further treatment and final composition. I dare not speak out as to what kind of software Ishigami uses, nor do I find that a particularly interesting question. In his work, chaos is not a guiding principle; no hastily processing, or CPU's working overtime. It is rather various blocks of sound, ideas, and/or sketches that flow rather effortlessly into each other, and all of this, seemingly, without an overall compositional idea for a piece. This is why I said, this could be one piece, or 99, or any number in between. Ishigami is the classic laptop artist, I'd say (and maybe so, much to my surprise). None of this is overly noisy or very quiet, everything stays within reasonable boundaries, and unlike some of the peers (or by now predecessors; probably moved on to the world of modular electronics), Ishigami doesn't stay too long in one place, but gently moves from idea to idea in a good pace; not too fast, not too slow. Buddhist style, I assume? Nice one. (FdW)"