Sachiko M
Bar Sachiko


1.0
awful

Review

by oogie0 USER (6 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2013 | 1303 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The end of all music.

There are no words to describe the experience of listening to this album. I was well aware of what I was walking into, and I felt, for the sake of giving this review an air of legitimacy that I would listen to it in its entirety. This is an album. It contains one song. It contains a total of two sine wave tones. It runs sixty minutes and four seconds.

It's the pinnacle of the post-modernist art movement. It's the end of all music. The ultimate minimalist record. Call it what you will. Art even. Enjoyable? This was the most unbearable music experience of my life. In retrospect it inspires a lot of thought. I think, does this have a right to exist? What is music? Must I enjoy music? Is it inspiring reaction from me enough to justify it? Even if that reaction is a near physical sickness due to its tinnitus like tone? Why am I searching for meaning in something that, may for all purposes be meaningless? Why do we seek meaning in what could contain none?

Take my review with a large dash of salt, I am completely at odds with the Onkyo movement, which this album is a part of; whose intentions are more an exploration of physical rather then aesthetic expression. Whilst I can appreciate that yes, like many artistic landmark pieces of music in the past it 'had' to be done (John Cage, 4"33, I'm looking at you), the end result, aside from being unbearable to me - illustrates a complete lack of, well, tone. There is nothing to find in listening to it. A detailed breakdown of the album is simple. A single tone plays for five minutes. At that point the tone suddenly takes a small rise in volume, no pause, it just rises. This tone plays on until exactly thirty minutes have passed, then another tone immediately kicks in alongside the first. No intro or buildup, it just starts. At exactly fifty five minutes, the second tone that entered, leaves just as fast as it came. The first tone has played the entire length of the album, and plays until exactly sixty minutes have passed, and Sachiko M switches it off.

On one level, that sounds very aesthetically daring. And yes, it is. To release an album of 60 minutes, one track and two tones would be considered the ultimate trolling experience, if Sachiko M was a more mainstream artist at least. But seeing as she is incredibly niche, though considered a founding figure of the Onkyo genre, I keep wondering if there's something I'm missing in this album. Two tones. No changes or development aside from the 30 minute addition.
When you reduce music to this level, a complete absence of depth, nothing to discover; yet some will still listen to the seemingly endless, unchanging tone...how do you review it? How do you actually say it's good or bad? It just is.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Hawey
June 2nd 2013


104 Comments


yeah this is horrible

NeoSpaz
June 2nd 2013


4529 Comments


interesting

oogie0
June 2nd 2013


8 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You could say it's a satirical piece defying all expectation of music, progression, structure, even movement. It simply clicks on, and stays on, then turns off. You can say that, but I just find it unbearable.

tempest--
June 2nd 2013


20633 Comments


sounds like my kinda jam

JS19
June 2nd 2013


7416 Comments


Sounds like something those pretentious people who only like weird japanese electronic stuff will like pretending they like.

Oh and don't diss John Cage he's fantastic

oogie0
June 2nd 2013


8 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

He is. However 4"33 I have some issue with. It needed to be done, but still...

idkpokeit
June 2nd 2013


432 Comments


ok

ThrashTillDeath94
June 2nd 2013


784 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Nice review... this music is garbage. You can't even really call it music.

tempest--
June 2nd 2013


20633 Comments


can't you? what are the definitions of music?
is ambient music?
is 4"33 music?

Crawl
June 2nd 2013


2616 Comments


Meh nickelback is considered rock, yet it's not music.

GiaNXGX
June 2nd 2013


4865 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Sachiko's solo improvisations are generally not that bad, although this one right here is particularly awful. 'I'm Here

..departures..' is fantastic.

JS19
June 2nd 2013


7416 Comments


> Meh nickelback is considered rock, yet it's not music.

Original

> can't you? what are the definitions of music?
is ambient music?
is 4"33 music?

He was more exploring sonic boundaries and the culture of performance and what *is* music. I think he definitely achieved that. Cage was massively into the concepts of ambient noises and sounds as music. To simplify his thinking, he thought that everything we hear around us is music in its own way.

So by his accounts yes it is music. but the whole point of his sonic experimentation was to get people to discuss and think about music like this.


GiaNXGX
June 2nd 2013


4865 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

exactly

exitsense
June 2nd 2013


403 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

http://www.bagatellen.com/archives/reviews/000516.html

exitsense
June 2nd 2013


403 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't rate this 1 because it's an unbearable nightmare or anything. I just don't find redeeming qualities to it. It's not pleasant at all, though it is not an annoying sound; the only real annoying feeling I get is the feeling of time wasted. However, I have also heard that with these types of tones it is entertaining to eat food or make movements with your mouth and whatnot because it makes the tone sound different. It's like playing with the tone. But I don't care enough for that idea of interacting with the sound to return to this album.

GiaNXGX
June 2nd 2013


4865 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I've found the idea of interacting with sounds, or in Quartet's case: [Silences], really fascinating and positive to your

musical fruition. With EAI in particular, one must take into account the physical properties of sine waves; Sachiko and

Nakamura quite often employ sounds that can modify c- perception of surroundings, maybe goin' crazy ah?

GiaNXGX
June 2nd 2013


4865 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

also; never expected a review of this on sputnik haha

TheMoonchild
June 2nd 2013


1180 Comments


Sounds pretentious

StallionMang
June 2nd 2013


9000 Comments


Lol, "the ultimate trolling experience"

Necrotica
June 3rd 2013


10631 Comments


Awesome stuff



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