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Hasegawa-Shizuo – “Songs of an Umbilical Cord ” – [Tiliqua]

Thurston Hunger   11/26/2008   12-inch, A Library

Elegant noise from Hirotomo Hasegawa and Shizuo Uchida. Two
side long explorations, the first “Sterilization Pitch”
will be lost on weaker car steros as the depth of Uchida’s
bass needs to be skull-felt to offset Hasegawa’s skitter and
scree on hichiriki (a double-reed wind instrument, kind of
like an oboe). Ritualistic embracing of space (beware
several false endings) lets one contemplate the decay of
sound. Or contemplate the emergence of the next sound?
Without the slow blooms of bass, the blurts of Hasegawa may
come across as too much like duck calls. You need the
sonic umbilical bond between them (one-string koto in
your bellybutton?) It ends with a conveyance of crows?

On the flip side “Adios” offers more dynamics, although still
driven by Shizuo plumbing the depths of bass, here he’s got
some sorta overdrive accelerator that gets throttled up and
looped, while this time Hasegawa’s mouth-blowing-mind-blown
work gets an underground tunnel of reverb. Long train
coming. An avalanche of electronics falls upon the tracks
but does not stop the original engine drone from persisting.
There comes a point where the journey threatens to implode
but a rinsing of bells and tuned glass help to pull
purification out of the chaos. Gagaku-to-cool.

-Thurston Hunger

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