Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura & Otomo...
Good Morning Good Night


4.0
excellent

Review

by For Meatplow USER (61 Reviews)
March 9th, 2011 | 43 replies | 5,827 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Minimalist buttfuckery out the ass

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

What we have here is the congregation of Japan's electroacoustic improvisation/onkyo scene collaborating with each other to create a serial of stumbling sounds that focus on sound as a musical miracle in itself - enough so that the general perception of music as an expressive art form is the last thing on these players' minds. Sine wave-specialist and contact-mic nut Sachiko M reprises her role as an ultra-minimalist onkyo artist alongside no-input mixing board virtuoso Toshimaru Nakamura and the electroacoustic prodigy Otomo Yoshihide. It's a wonderful combination because neither of their sounds stray from the genre's comfort zones, but at the same time, none of these artists's sounds are that much alike. For the album's near two hour runtime, Sachiko's entire premise is built off varying sine waves, often drilling holes into your head or creating crisp, modern ping-pang-bloop (etc.) combos. Nakamura, on the other hand, churns out buzzing feedback from said device-of-choice. And, well, Yoshihide focuses on virtually everything else in the onkyo spectrum.

Notably, Nakamura is better than ever, sans a few solo drops (even about six or seven years after the album's drop). With Good Morning Good Night, he's gained a newfound sense of control with his volatile mixer, which can be accredited to the trio's line-up. Each of the members is very intent on listening to the others, allowing for a surprisingly focused work. Hell, the tracks even follow the pattern of a day in some aspects. "Good Morning" is a stumbly affair that takes its time to gain speed, while "Good Evening" takes its predecessor's hustle-and-bustle and winds down into a more calm set of sines and static. The second installment, which is by far the shortest (eight minutes), is a special highlight, as it moves with life, coloring pictures of city scenes. People moving to work, going to lunch, perhaps a short festival before everything winds down in preparation for the night scene. This is probably (and yes, I am presuming here) the reason why this otherwise dispensable collection of sounds works so well as it is. It flows naturally, almost like the musicians are having a conversation with their electronics. It's really actually very interesting, the whole being much more than the sum of its parts.



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Ovrot
March 9th 2011



10258 Comments


they're no beck

Bitchfork
March 9th 2011



7584 Comments


yup
pretty fucking cool
really overrated in certain circles though

Slum
March 9th 2011



2579 Comments


I really enjoy your writing, pos

Bitchfork
March 9th 2011



7584 Comments


Thanks Nevin.

Ovrot
March 9th 2011



10258 Comments


so is this like electronic or drone or post-something or what?
I don't know what onkyo is D:

Bitchfork
March 9th 2011



7584 Comments


Okay well here's my definition of it.

Essentially it can be either Japanese EAI (electroacoustic improv) that focuses solely on sound as a physical phenomena (note: has to be japanese in all circumstances, recorded in japan, that is), lowercase improv that focuses solely on sound as a physical phenomena or any other form of japanese free improv that focuses solely on sound as a physical phenomena. That means that the expressive power of playing is ignored completely. Generally it's very very very minimalist in nature, some artists (btw onkyo can be a lot so don't ever generalize it by the few examples i'm giving) focus on very short sounds broken up by long breaks of silence (this one), some artists focus on feedback/empty devices (all these people do that outside of this release as well as on this release too). These can be no-input mixers, where the inputs are pluged into the outputs, creating a closed circuit of feedback/buzz, empty vinyls to produce glitches, or other electric devices (samplers, contact mics, metal-on-metal feedback) to create such types of sounds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tewaUQJjpaI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TehQOM4eT0c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSCNhk9gXI8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl8IMc-8-N8

Adash
March 9th 2011



1356 Comments


anything with otomo yoshihide in it has to be god, so pos for remembering that

WashboardSuds
March 9th 2011



4889 Comments


nice review man, pos'd.
this album seems pretty interesting

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins®

ConsiderPhlebas
March 9th 2011



6157 Comments


Cool review

Bitchfork
March 9th 2011



7584 Comments


thanks all.

P13
April 4th 2011



1327 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Bitchfork you forgot to mention that there is no music on this album

neg'd

Bitchfork
April 5th 2011



7584 Comments


do you need some sugimoto guitar in yur pie

GiaNXGX
June 30th 2013



4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://ihatemusic.noquam.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=114&sid=116b058fd4861317ae6fdfe911df7cc9

somnolence
July 16th 2013



405 Comments


DOPe
g. E o metry

GiaNXGX
July 22nd 2013



4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

crosshatched filament

uPon. A( memory

Cygnatti
July 22nd 2013



20110 Comments


wow this is old.

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mindleviticus
July 22nd 2013



7943 Comments


good stuff tho

GiaNXGX
August 8th 2013



4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not qter luvely muzack

romance

Cygnatti
August 8th 2013



20110 Comments


Review Summary: Minimalist buttfuckery out the ass

yet no minimalist tag? curious.


GiaNXGX
August 8th 2013



4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

more like stationary

in this context minimalism would be hardly inaccurate as far as i know



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