Regardless of what some may think upon giving this release a cursory listen, it is
not "just another collection of field recordings from somewhere in Asia". Those
with the capacity to listen to such a release with some degree of "poetical
imagination", will discover a rather peculiar release that is "an enigma wrapped
inside a mystery." Shisō contains 34 field recording vignettes made on the
Japanese islands of Honshu and Shikoku. Some of the recordings are longer
versions of the tracks that were part of the Palimpsest exhibit on the Stasis_space
website. The recordings contain no processing outside of fades and there are also
34 silent tracks of varying length, making the total track number 68 in all. This is
another release that is highly recommended to be played while in the
random/shuffle mode on your CD player.
Addendum: Very reminiscent of the work of Yasujiro Ozu - in particular his use of
"pillow shots" which a/O later paid homage to with the various artist project
"Yasujiro Ozu - Hitokomakura" (and/26). Of course Koura (Brian Labycz) was one of
Cover design by Brian Labycz & Dale Lloyd.
Packaged in a DVD case.
catalog number: and/12
release year: 2003
status: sold out
EAR / RATIONAL (APRIL 2004)
One thing that is nice about this field recording disc is that some of the tracks fade
in and out slowly, I hate when these field recording CDs just cut in and out, very
jarring to the atmosphere they create. The fades on this disc create a dreamy
effect - the first track seems like a recorder left on in an apartment, the second
inside a train or subway. These are glimpses of life, the things we take for granted.
Things like street scenes and your apartment neighbor's TV being on, but you can
barely hear it though they are fed back to us, and you notice what you hear when
you stop this disc. Some of the tracks are more exotic, but they are things you want
to hear when you are at home. The exotic tracks include ocean waves and a
series of short tracks of a religious ceremony, walking in a park, machines in
nature, people talking, and many others. Keeping the tracks short is an odd/fresh
way to put this all together. (Don Poe)