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Listening to the Footsteps of Living Ones Who Are Still on the Ground

Ftarri Jul 14th 2017
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This is the second duo album by Toshimaru Nakamura, a mixer player based in Tokyo, and Martin Taxt, a tuba player living in Oslo. Instead of a conventional tuba, Taxt plays a custommade "microtonal tuba" capable of producing microtones. In this album, Nakamura incorporates Taxt's tuba sounds in his mixer through a microphone instead of playing his usual instrument, the noinput mixing board, which does not take in external sounds.

The project started with the concept of Nakamura processing the tuba sounds in real time as they played. But in their actual performances, the opposite often occurred: Taxt's tuba sound directed and obstructed Nakamura's feedback. This completely unexpected outcome astonished both musicians and spurred them on to new forms of creation. The three tracks on this album were recorded in Japan in April 2016.

The duo has just finished a European tour that included shows in London and Paris, as well as a trio performance with Jennifer Walshe at Only Connect in Oslo.

Written about the duo’s first release Pan on Fire (Monotype 2015) “It’s great to see Toshi getting stuck in to some juicy, blocky noise lately(...)True to form, Pan On Fire is anything but minimal, but is a loud and busy record with no space left unfilled by scorching blasts of completely abstract racket powered and fuelled by 115 volts of Edison’s finest juice.” – The Sound Projector

Whatever angle we look from, this is a solid punch thrown by two improvisers who have no fear of giving something up in terms of aesthetic pleasure, an uncompassionate collection of not-exactly-cordial sonic eruptions. Find a remote corner for your most tolerant being, and observe with detachment: there’s much to build upon to move beyond the needs of the “snug and warm”. Nakamura and Taxt didn’t come here to accept settlements, nor to show easy ways out. - Squids Ear