Friday, April 6, 2007

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 Sky, Horse And Death was originally made for a radio play in 1954 and is, as far as I can tell, the first piece of electronic music composed in Asia; it was sourced from recordings of dripping water,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.
get this gem here
link updated!

14 comments:

Theo said...

Intriguing record, thanks for the introduction.
Can i put in a request for any OOP Keiji Haino records? (like Lost Aaraf, posted ages ago!)
Im particularly looking for the
UFO or Die/Keiji Haino split record.

If you can help in anyway id be very grateful! Thanks.

Rio said...

There is a strange segment of french female voice in the first side, around 7:28. What's wrong there?

Rio said...

There is a strange female voice singing in french in the first side, around 7:28. What's wrong there?

mutantsounds said...

read the description and you will understand ,i guess....concerning French,well the recorded was released in France as you may read....

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Can't explain how much appreciated this is. Any and all further Takemitsu would be met with great gratitude.

Ashley

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this; i really appreciate the work you are doing here this music share site – is phenomenol – so much stuff I have been after that I am totally freaking out!

Anonymous said...

FYI - unfortunately, it looks like the link for the toru takemitsu LP has been trolled and deleted. Just thought you might like to know ...

wm2007

Anonymous said...

link still doesn't work...any chance of fixing it?

Mahler in the South Pacific said...

The Megaupload link is working! (Just in case Anonymous - sept 14, hasn't checked it)

Panos said...

WOW! Thank you very much!! Indeed, the MU link still works. This is an amazing record! I found your site when looking for Takemitsu's Suna no onna (Woman in the Dunes) ost... I never found that but the stuff you have here is priceless... that weird segment with the French voice is probably a record mistake...

RaggedClaws said...

Thank you! I'd read about "Sky, Horse and Death" but had totally given up hope of ever finding it. It's astonishing!

Anonymous said...

Somebody knows where can I download "Toru Takemitsu played by John Williams, To the Edge of Dream"?
Thanks

Phil Szp said...

I'm looking for a version of Dorian Horizon, which I can only identify throughits length : 11'05" . How long is this version? Does anyone know where and how to find it?
Thank you very much .

Jack Celliers said...

Life becomes more enjoyable with findings like this. Big thanks :)