Album Review

Nakatani, Tatsuya – “Abiogenesis” – [H & H Production Recordings]

lombard   10/12/2010   A Library, CD

This newish release (from March 2010) features bowed gong and percussion by Pennsylvania-based (originally from Osaka, Japan) drummer/percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. The 18 untitled tracks on Abiogenesis represent his experimental/improv leanings (he’s worked with tons of heavy-weights and tours the world relentlessly). The sounds on each piece include drone, high-pitched squeals of the bow, and light tapping on the gong creating a bell-like sound. Track 4 even sounds like a heavy breath or the amplified sound of ripping of paper. Track 5 bumps, thumps, bangs, and rattles; almost like large metal boxes full of cymbals are being tossed around a room. Much of it is dark and ominous, but certainly satisfying.

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