by Kazuya Ishigami
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It is complicated because I think it is complicated, in fact it is not so complicated. It is very simple and happy thing.
released February 18, 2017
Reviewed by Sigil Of Brass
What greets the listener with this release is a pounding high pitch frequency that, at first, grates – however, once you have sat down and committed to listening to this release the gradual ebbs and flows of the ‘pulse’ lead to a comforting ritual. Kazuya Ishigami is an artist who I have not heard before and the only text I could find for the release of “Modest Worry” stated:
It is complicated because I think it is complicated, in fact it is not so complicated. It is a very simple and happy thing.
Whilst this may not be the most pleasant of listens – It is quite unsettling – there is a minimalist beauty to the opening track of “Modest Worry” that leads a beguiling half-life. A bit like the artist, from what I gather – I had to really dig deep in to the search results to find out about Kazuya.
Kazuya Ishigami, is a composer, a sound designer, a sound performer and a sound engineer. Born in 1972 in Osaka, Japan, he was awarded a B.A. of Music Engineering from Osaka University Of Arts and a M.A. in Master of Urban Informatics from the prestigious Osaka City University. He learned electro-acoustic music composition at INA-GRM in 1997.
His pieces were performed at DR (DeutschlandRadio/Germany), WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk/Germany), CCMC (Japan), JSEM (Japan), FUTURA (France), MUSLAB (Mexico), SR (Radio Saarbruecken/Germany), HR (Hessischer Rundfunk/Germany), ISCM (Stuttgart/Germany), Spark (USA), NICOGRAPH (Japan), SILENCE (Italy), VII International FKL-Symposium (Italy), ICMC (2015_USA/TEXAS) and so on. He has an independent label “NEUS-318” and “KYOU RECORDS”. He is currently lecturer at Osaka University of Arts, Kyoto Seika University and Doshisha Women’s College.
But what do I get from the release? The initial shock of the frequency has subsided. However, it still asks more questions than it answers – which is something I greatly admire in a musical work. There seem to such subtle variations of the drone that it seems like a hypnagogic reaction to the what I have been up to recently.
Work. That is what I have been up to. The grind of the nine to five has been weighing heavily on my shoulders. “Modest Worry” has catapulted me out of my week-day reluctance to break with the normal. It is almost like a sorbet to cleanse the palette – it has wiped away a week’s worth of detritus and purged my mind, calmed it – it is a weekend balm towards preparing for the coming weeks stresses.
In ‘Part 1’: there is such a depth of sound to these drones that it is formidable. They are complex drones – I appreciate this could prove an oxymoron – a ‘complex drone’ – but there is everything from tamed feedback loops to clicks and pops with, what sounds like a synthesiser bellowing out bass drone underneath – completing the formation of a complex drone.
Part 2: this is a welcome change to Part 1. Almost a doughnut after the 5km jog. Part 2 is a lot more computer orientated and is manageable – get sounds like it was built in the Dorian scale (correct me if I am wrong in the comments section below). Part 2 is like waves lapping on a cyber-ocean. There are frequent pulses and the pitch is altered, from Part 1, in to something a lot more ‘comfortable’.
Available on the artist’s Bandcamp page – I recommend this album. Within “Modest Worry” there are two long, complex drones that will cleanse your palette of per-fabricated music.
Radio program by FOCUSED SILENCE
TRACKLIST – Kazuya Ishigami / Modest Worry / part2 / 15:05 Taylor Deupree / Somi / Somi / 8:36 Catherine Graindorge & Hugo Race / Long Distance Operators / Stones From Heaven / 4:25 Kleefstra / Bakker / Kleefstra / Dize / Hidden Instrumental / 14:12 Andreas Usenbenz / Bells Breath / Study II / 7:00 Myra Davies / Sirens / Armand Monroe / 5:51 Nahawa Doumbia / La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3 / Kungo Sogoni / 4:34 Tantric Doctors / The Taking Of Trump Tower / PI one / 1:34 Felix Blume / Earth (Listening) / Small Bats Screaming In Their Nest / 10:00 Alejandro Remeseiro / Walking / Variations On S06 / 5:36 The Advisory Circle / Mind How You Go / Mind How You Go / 2:57 Earth / Hex;or Printing In the Infernal Method / Land of Some Other Order / 7:18 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx / We’re New Here / Running / 3:31 Kruder & Dorfmeister / G-Stoned – EP / Definition / 5:09 Carrie Cleveland / Gilles Peterson Digs America, Vol. 2 / Make Love to Me / 3:11 Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble / The Zulu 45s Collection / Frankiphone Blues / 4:12 Sam Amidon / I See the Sign / How Come That Blood / 3:28 Lee “Scratch” Perry / The Best Of Lee Perry / Babylon a Fall / 4:02 The Trees Community / The Christ Tree / Baptism / 7:10