Koji Asano | Tokyo Sunrise

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Tokyo Sunrise

by Koji Asano

Meditative one-track long piece.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. Tokyo Sunrise
55:05 album only
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Album Notes
53th solo album with long tone and squashed sound

Review by Salvador Francesch

The opening minutes of Koji Asano's newly released composition Tokyo Sunrise places our minds into a clamouring aspiration of higher light spheres. We hear mystical choral like voices as if they were rooming in cathedrals of mysticism. Choir voices resonate while electronic punctuations spring into the front line. There is barrage, scratching wrathful deities. We perceive shadows of passages pointing at different fields of experience without decision yet. It's an ensemble of sounds that emerge and dissipate with clear electronic tones pleasant and interesting. At times the voices recede into the background.

There is a feeling of contemplation by way of following the sounds as surfacing entities that search for being. Nobody attacks them or interferes. They just arise, run their course, and another sound layer takes over as an image of sea waves dying on the sand.

It confabulates an image of solemnity and seriousness that engages the mind on its own plane. The feelings are expressed in the tone and the single searching for the horizon.

By minute twelve slight roaring suggests motorcycle engines comes forth but decide to only remain in the background while front line drones flow the short distance. There is a kind of slowness around minute sixteen that suggest wavering at the gates of the zone. The tones change and electronics ruminate their destiny.

Once we enter into the fields of experiencing the sound it becomes long notes exploring tonalities and sound floors. Electric guitars, feedbacks and resonances along with some mild frictions and high pitches roam the space filling the mind with sturdy but not overwhelming metal resistance rather interesting. It's about a tapestry full of sound wires that envision atmospheres of ground and rustic surfaces.

The piece carries on as if it knew where it wants to go and by doing so it legitimatizes itself on it's own terrain. This all happens near Vulcan where fire forging go hand in hand with playing music.

This is Asano's third curve that started a couple of recordings back when some changes and persistences coalesced into a possible new and fresh sound field compositions. I tend to appreciate the change and let myself carry away into underground territories of dark and brooding planets.

Another interesting offing of the solitary composer who continues it's own personal sinking into the chain of aspiration.

Pace and rambling should be the identity code of Tokyo Sunrise. Pace because we are immersed outside the speed that some Asano's recordings have taken us before. This time around the slow unfolding refers us to corridors of rambling electronic resonances throwing us into slippery “barrancos” of sounds.

Attention to detail: Around minute forty nine it just happened that the end of the piece coincided with a documentary on NHK about a japanese shinto ceremony and curiously the dramatic gestures, the seriousness and the strong ceremonial attitude were superbly fitted to the severe tones of Asano's cords. All of it very impressive and dramatic.

Did I see and heard something here? Was it a mirage?



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