The Spirit of Beauty -Van Cleef & Arpels Exhibition Soundtracks-

by YOSHIO MACHIDA

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Experimental Musical Approach for Established Jeweler
Commissioned work from a legendary French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels to experimental steelpanist / composer Yoshio Machida. This is a soundtrack for their first retrospective exhibitoin at Mori Art Center in Tokyo in 2009-2010. From minimal ensemble like Nyman and Bryers to Jazzy ambient pieces with feeling of Penguin Cafe, some instruments/sounds; piano, strings, winds, sitar, steelpan, Gamelan, field-recording and electronics are integrated neoclassically. In very slow tempo, each polyrhythmic phrases are intricately-intertwined in silence. It's like resplendent points of jewel. Machida took ambient suite format to express the exhibition themes (nature, elegance, adventure=Eastern design). At the gallery, there are 3 rooms for "nature", "elegance/adventure" and "Incarnation". For instance, for the room of "elegance/adventure", 8 channels multitrack system was used. Each sounds were out from different loudspeakers installed all around. This album was remixed as stereo recording. For the exhibition, Patrick Jouin (French architect/designer became independent from Philippe Starck) designed all installations.

音響スティールパン奏者/作曲家=町田良夫によるソロアルバム。2009年-2010年、六本木森アートセンターで開催されたフランスのハイジュエラー「ヴァンクリーフ&アーペル」大回顧展のための委託作品。マイケル・ナイマン、ギャバン・ブライヤーズ直系のミニマル室内楽からペンギンカフェ流Jazzyなアンサンブルまで。ピアノ、弦楽、管楽の室内楽に、ガムラン、シタール、スティールパン、トイピアノ、ウクレレ、自然音、エレクトロニクスが融合。クラフツマンシップを感じさせる美しい宝石の数々を展覧会場の各テーマ(自然、エレガンス、アドベンチャー=東洋趣向など)を音響組曲形式で表現。田中邦和(Sembello)、徳澤青弦(アノニマス)、tatsu(レピッシュ、miimo)、ヨシダダイキチ(シタール)、川村亘平(ガムラン)らが参加。

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released November 7, 2010

Van Cleef & Arpels Exhibition Soundtracks
31 Oct 2009 - 17 Jan 2010, Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo
Space design: Patrick Jouin (Jouin Manku, Paris)
Music coordinator: Jos Ausende (In Famous, Paris)

All compositions by Yoshio Machida
Recorded by Yoshio Machida at Smallaxe in 2009
except bird songs (track4) recorded in Nepalgunj, Nepal in 1998

Yoshio Machida: Steelpans, Keyboard, Ukulele, Voice, Gongs, water, program
Yoshida Daikiti: Sitar
tatsu: Bass
Kunikazu Tanaka: Sax
Kohei Kawamura: Gamelan Gongs (Trompong, Gender)
Seigen Tokuzawa: Cello

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Amorfon Tokyo, Japan

Amorfon is a borderless/experimental music label founded by a Japanese composer / Steelpan player Yoshio Machida in 2004 in Tokyo. Our aim is cross cultural synergy.

アモルフォンは、2004年に美術家/音楽家、スティールパン奏者町田良夫が設立したボーダーレスな音楽レーベルです。"cross cultural synergy" (異文化間の相乗効果)をテーマに、実験音楽 - 音響系 - エレクトロニカ - ポストロック - ワールド - 現代音楽などのジャンルにまたがる、またはジャンルにあてはめることができないような音楽をフォーカスしています。
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