Various Artists: Yasujiro Ozu - Hitokomakura

Various Artists: Yasujiro Ozu - Hitokomakura
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This is the second of a series of label projects pertaining to film directors.

The first one was for Andrei Tarkovsky, the third one is currently in progress
and pertains to Michelangelo Antonioni's "Tetralogy" (L'Avventura / La Notte /
L'Eclisse / Deserto Rosso).
 
This second release turns its focus upon Yasujiro Ozu's use of  "pillow shots"
(i.e. short poetic pauses that appear between the acting segments of his films).
The term "pillow shot" was not coined by Ozu himself, but several years after
his passing in the early 1960s by a Japanese journalist who was trying to
draw a comparison of the intermediate scenes to "pillow words" found in
traditional Japanese poetry. This is a double CD release with both CDs
featuring audio plus a cross-platform compatible PDF booklet containing
pillow shots (courtesy of Criterion Collection) and liner notes.
 
Each artist featured on this release was asked to choose one or more "pillow
shots" to use as inspiration for their pieces. A large assortment of pillow
shots was provided for the artists to choose from. The artists also watched the
films from which the pillow shots came from in order to get a sense of how
their chosen pillow shots were employed by Ozu.
 
The sound work featured represents a wide range of artistic approaches, but
as always with these projects, the artists were chosen specifically, based on
their previous work and on how it might contribute to the collective whole of
each project.
 
Featured Artists:
ALEJANDRA & AERON
AONO JIKKEN ENSEMBLE
ASUNA
MARC BEHRENS
KEITH BERRY
LAWRENCE ENGLISH
HERIBERT FRIEDL
BERNHARD GÜNTER
HACO
JOHN HUDAK
JASON KAHN
HITOSHI KOJO
KOURA
DALE LLOYD
YOSHIO MACHIDA
ROEL MEELKOP
KIYOSHI MIZUTANI
DEAN MOORE  (with Michael Shannon)
STEVE RODEN
SAWAKO
MICHAEL SHANNON
STEINBRÜCHEL
TAKU SUGIMOTO
SUKORA
TOSHIYA TSUNODA
 
Text by Doug Cummings (Masters Of Cinema and Filmjourney.org)
and Dale Lloyd  (and/OAR).
 
More information, reviews and sound samples can be found here.
Release Info
Format CD x 2
Country USA

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