020 Taishi Kamiya 'Spectra Of Air'
Cat.No: home n020
Release date: November 26th 2010
First edition: 300 (digipack) SOLD OUT
Second edition: 500 slim card pack
In Christmas of 2008 I was sent some work by a Japanese artist from Will Long. He was convinced I would like it and I fell in love with the pieces immediately. The name of this rather wonderful artist was Taishi Kamiya, and the tracks sent were live improvised tracks using mostly just soprano saxophone and laptop.
Now I’ll be honest – I’ve never been a huge fan of the saxophone. I guess I just always associated it with eighties sex scenes in movies or something like that. So when Will told me his instrument of choice was the sexy saxophone, I had my reservations. But I needn’t have done because what Taishi does with the saxophone is singularly and uniquely utterly mesmerising.
I’ve always been a huge fan of intelligently done improvised work and Taishi’s was just a cut above anything else I had heard in a long time. After getting in touch, we both decided it would be great to try to make a studio produced record, as well as releasing the original ‘site-specific’ improvised work. As such, ‘Spectra of Air’ was born from these takes, formed into a beautiful work of subtle developments, and carefully woven textures. It was an enormous surprise to receive the final album, with its focus on hidden melodies and an overall rounded development which perhaps can be overlooked in improvised work. You’ll just have to trust me that it makes a really interesting difference between this and Taishi’s ‘live’ album which we will be releasing in 2011. Its a beautiful and detailed work, with subtle melodies you won’t capture until you have listened a number of times, over and over again.
Photography by Liam Frankland
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
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