Album Review

Akiyama, Tetuzi/Van Wissem, Jozef – “Hymn For A Fallen Angel” – [Incanabulum]

Roland Blunt   11/14/2012   A Library, CD

Avante tangling of Japanese experimental guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama and Dutch neo-Baroque lutist Josef Van Wissem…composed using a technique by where Akiyama recorded the guitar in Garageband and then sent the tracks to Van Wissem who layered his lute over the guitar by reacting visually to the sound files, but without listening. Slowgentle, sparse, abrupt, removed, pondering lilts…of liquid note droplets (Track 1), or note bubbles bursting (Track 2), and notes lapping against the shore (Track 4). With the use of bottle-neck slides, Tracks 3, 5, & 6 sound as if they were performed by some sort of Zombie bluegrass band with their decrepit synapses firing off notes as they leisurely munch on musician brains…Track 7 evokes the idea of note-breezes blowing through note-chimes and rapping against shutters of notes, and serves as a prime example of how this recording traffics melody for silence, subconsciously forcing the mind to rummage for cohesion.

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