Album Review

Group Ongaku – “Music of Group Ongaku” – [SEER Sound Archive]

Grizzly Adam   3/27/2012   12-inch, A Library

A side is home studio recorded, where the site of confluence becomes the basis for new sound music, where participants play round robin with objects and instruments, use their voice and hands to generate sound with more than just the tradition of a european tuned orchestra. A discord of music technique, this study break be it from musicology, literature, or vocal music studies, brought out an understanding of performance away from the bench and based it squarely on a kind of audiology, understood as where “creation and performance occur simultaneously” and “acoustics” [are tracked] within actual time and space” such as where in poetry action disrupts representation, and a kind of realism is exposed. These performances contain evidence of a later concern of some of it’s members, where in it can be heard/felt that sounds have transitioned environmental conditions, turning morning to night, sun to rain, house to hall to political address, worded as “directly connect[ing] everyday experiences with musical expressions in an attempt to transcend conventional music concepts”. A side is full on music in chaos. Weo weo (woman) re a re a (radio scan) percussive door, shakers, crunchy food, bugs bunny piano humor, bowed string, vibrating surfaces, inner pockets of sound, tapping on glass, pilot voice, large motorcades, and escape action sequences, oil drum and delay processing, slide flute and dolls; Group Ongaku is ensemble outre. Cacophony. Hear the sheer gravity of a synthesizer which inhales all the surrounding sound into a giant black hole. Is that someone cleaning the studio while they record? Later they get in on it, flipper jocking the on-off switch. Music concrete by sheer effort, and ingenuity with tape. B side is live at Sogetsu Hall. This is straight post classical-jazz improv. Alan Silva comes to mind, as does Lawrence Butch Morris. They hold off the percussion until the levee breaks and wamo, the performance is reinvigorated, except the musicians hadn’t yet returned from a walk around the hall, and so the performance returns to quiet development. Also some organ, or accordion with piano keys, comes in.
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