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


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Labyrinth 02:42
Alhambra 04:01
Incarnation 03:46
Farewell 02:56


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.



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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