Toru Takemitsu-Eclipse / Masque / Cross Talk / Dorian Horizon / Sky, Horse and Death,LP,1969,Japan/France
Amazing recordings of experimental works by this Japanese composer, many never again released. Instrumentation ranges from the accordian-like bandoneon (more commonly used in classical tango, but given contemporary updates by Astor Piazzolla and Gordon Mumma), to Japanese traditional instruments the biwa (plucked lute) and the shakuhachi (bamboo flute), to electronics. Sky, Horse And Death was originally made for a radio play in 1954 and is, as far as I can tell, the first piece of electronic music composed in Asia; it was sourced from recordings of dripping water, prepared piano, bird songs, horses neighing, a female voice, and snapping whips.
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