Koji Asano | Microwave Dinners

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Microwave Dinners

by Koji Asano

One track noise electronica noise sound.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. Microwave Dinners
55:43 album only
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Album Notes
54th album(3rd in 2014), using low and high frequency, distorted sound and pure block waveform.

Review by Salvador Francesch
"What begins like a strange ritual doted with spare rhythm which image would be like a man sitting on the floor playing with a stick and stone a rhythmic pattern emerges, becomes and echo and than a cosmic resonance.

Koji Asano's latest adventure into his own unknown and mark of explorer new CD Microvawe Dinners begins a simple basic percussive touch to evolve into a complex net of rhythms and resonances. First is the basic earth instinct and than the cosmos with strange resonances begin to manifest into what seems like layers of subtle and spare percussive battle of harmonious syncopation. Its beautiful when it reaches space and reverbs back generating a corridor of resonances. The beauty flows from the unexpected and that would be the tone, again the tone which lately Asano is very keen to find as interesting sounds without grating the ears with psychological irritation.

Indeed the latest adventures of Asano's releases seem to verge into interesting harmonies without compromising his steadfast rebellious nature of bursting the listener with nihilist perceptions of his view of the world translated into sounds of struggle. Now, this is a pleasant step if not highly more creative dusted with persistent imagination of spaces present and to come.

Front primitive ancestral forces tapping messages that imprinted into space conform a message of continuous harmony. This is a “message” play of forces seeking expression and compass in Asano's mind. One force complements the other, the two together celebrate mysterious trance like ceremony that reeks japanese dance ancestry.

Spite the rhythm this is a calm sound movement dressed with colourful austere like mongolian shaman's dress code ready to go into the underworld to “get” new orders. The slow motion of the dance as it turns into itself seems to me a perfect vehicle for the descend. It suggests impressive gestures with hands and body of some japanese ethnic dances. It is beautiful to see the grace of the hands matched with the rhythm, it is distant from my mind but overall it fascinates me and it is impressive and original. Never before I had the chance to hear and stumble into such a scene of linear but interesting lines of percussive rhythms from Asano's mind. I heard previous work along some percussive elements but again this is different, another story.

Of course as expected or not. By minute 20' Asano's enters his signature of distortion and possibly feed back adding his favourite distortion elements just to assert that he is still in rebellion. This is his field of experimentation, the need to know where it all leads to.

Than something takes over. By the end of minute 24 something clicks, there is a hesitant transition and we seem to embark on another direction, related in it's percussive mode but away from the syncopation dance mode.

We are now lost into the vacuum of space and we don't seek out, we simply advance in the dark. Vaguely recuperating aspects of the original percussive elements, but moving closer to the pulsating spheres of electricity, beeps of a different order. Is this the way a lightning reverbs in space? I ask myself wondering.

Again a beautiful though strange atmosphere enters, persists and permeates our minds with branches of interest, not necessarily comprehensive but not unpleasant either, just presenting more questions than answers. It's a tapestry of ideas based on electronic pulsations. This is not foreign to Koji Asano's creativity but accentuates the strangeness of his mind which feels attracted to inhospitable territories ever seeking to find himself and anchor his soul in meanings intrinsically linked to his ancestry or japanese psyche, you choose.

Around minute 37 a new gradation enters and we seem to return to the initial ceremony. Interestingly it all develops in a calm manner almost contemplative as if we were spectators of a ritual unfolding before us. It is a sober ceremonial gesture washed with beauty and cosmic silence.

By minute 46 pulsations become vibrations resonating into a vast space. The syncopation steps have all disappeared to launch our minds into lineal and final electronic pulsations of much interest and moderate pleasantness. This is a fine repetitive pulsating life aspect which we may relate to, for its special beauty, but more than that for its spelling of vibrant electricity existing in itself. It escapes humans but not its own pulsating life.

This is a very interesting and fine recording full of images and harmonious beauty displaying the magnetics fields in Asano's mind. Recommended."



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