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Figure in Movement

by Shintaro Imai

Electroacoustic music with or without instruments related to the orientation of microscopic movements of noise inherent in any given natural sound.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Figure in Movement
Shintaro Imai
3:57 $1.29
2. La Lutte Bleue for Violoncello and Electronics
Shintaro Imai & Alexis Descharmes
10:31 $1.99
3. Ah for Sho and Electronics
Shintaro Imai & Mayumi Miyata
11:03 $1.99
4. Motion and Glitch Study
Shintaro Imai
15:07 $1.99
5. Nagare-to-Yodomi for 25-String Koto and Electronics
Shintaro Imai & Maya Kimura
13:23 $1.99
6. Resonant Quarks
Shintaro Imai
12:13 $1.99
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Album Notes
Creating music without sounds as units, but with sound itself

Neither of my parents are musicians.
My mother, however, is a floral designer studied in the German style.
It was through her work, perhaps, that I had one of my first encounters with the arts.
Meanwhile, lately, I have become quite fascinated with bonsai.

Bonsai is the Japanese traditional art concerned with miniature trees.
Bon means a tray or a pot, and Sai means to grow a tree.
So you grow a small tree on a tray.

Both floral design and bonsai deal with plants.
But the attitude toward the plant is significantly different.

In floral design, plants are cut into pieces, as units, then the designer composes them into a piece of art.
And, so to speak, each plant is anonymous in this case.

How about bonsai?
Let’s see the process of bonsai making.

First, you cut a tree and put it in a pot.
Second, you trim the branches.
Next, you bind the branches with wires, to form the shape.
Then, you change the pot to a fitting tray.
Finally, you moss the soil, and put the tree on a table for display.

In floral design, each plant is treated anonymously as one unit of many, to be composed into a piece of art.
But in bonsai, the plant itself becomes a piece of art, where the plant is identifiable as a unique whole and never substitutable.

Now, it could be argued that “ordinary” music composition is similar to floral design, in that the sounds are considered as units, namely notes, to be composed into a piece of music.
And each sound is likewise anonymous in itself.

The English composer Trevor Wishart tells us that, for sound-oriented composition, composers must first learn that “sounds are not notes.”
This, however, could be often overlooked by composers, especially when composers and performers are separated.
Wishart then proposes to change the metaphor for composition from architecture to alchemy.
But here the sound still remains a material.

I wondered if a sound in itself could become a piece of music.
How would such music sound?

My works included in this album are generally related to the orientation of microscopic movements of noise inherent in any given natural sound.

This kind of noise is impossible to realize artificially, and would lose its quality of fascination if it were cut into discrete elements or units.

I create musical works by using the computer to “prune” and “reform” the sound itself.

The bonsai master Seiji Morimae said the following about the aesthetics of bonsai:
“The best thing, in the final analysis, is to trust in nature.”

His words are of great assistance to me in my work.

Shintaro Imai



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