- Audio CD (June 22 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Thrill Jockey
- ASIN: B00000JCD2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #323,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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|1. On A Balloon|
Nobukazu Takemura's impressive contribution to the otherwise unimpressive Reich Remixed marked him as a talent to watch. But on Scope, his U.S. debut under his own name (he released a record under the Child's View moniker in May 1999), Takemura is revealed as an artist with a singular rhythmic and textural imagination whose music recognizes no boundaries. The opening track, "On a Balloon," is rhythmic in the cinematic sense; a flickering pattern of digital blips strategically reappears throughout its 22-minute duration to link disparate sections of manipulated vinyl surface noise, throbbing keyboard tones, and the sounds of skipping CDs. On the next track, "Kepler," Takemura revisits Reich country by stringing sampled metalophones, harps, and female voices in dense, hypnotic repeated patterns around sustained synthetic hums. On "Taw" he swings doppler-shifting sequences of clicks and carousel organ tones in a vertiginous, elliptical orbit. He even tips his hat to old-old-school electronics on "Tiddler," a closing prayer that would have fit in fine on Cluster's Sowiesoso. --Bill Meyer
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"Kepler" is an interesting marriage of chime and voice, with the sound of angels floating about. "Icefall" is simply breathless in its digital melody. "Tiddler" has a nice lullaby sound to it (liked a warped version of Bach). "Taw" is the only track I couldn't get into (ergot, 4 stars). "On a Balloon" could easily fit into a spaceage version of an Ennio Morricone score.
All in all, I really liked this CD...
Very strange and recommended only for pure electro-geeks.
I agree that some tracks off the album are just blips for sounds sake & sound like Jan Boerman's first toyings with a keyboard. Icefall is a real melodic treat that really is attractive & it grabbed my attention on first listen.
The synth is quite fast-paced & repetitive the melodies sort of
move in a loop & keep popping up at about half way through & sounds a bit like a digital flute being played by a robot in an igloo the size of the Opera House.
The shuffling sort of pitter-patter sound really gives a cut n' paste imagery which really the whole 10 minute track is.
So to me this track is everything, fast, beautiful, vertigo & a masterpiece which kinda blows me a way that electronic music can be so lush. I've always loved electronic music for the main reason that the possibilities of sounds are endless & anything can be sampled, something that radio & music video shows dont seem to comprehend, indeed it is far more meaningful than pop lyrics.
Another fav Kyoto producer of mine is Takagi Masakatsu, much more minimal & ambient songs & is very nice audibly!
So everybody do yourself a favour & purchase this, it's a far cry from what electronica is commonly referred to as techno or 'club' today, if you dont like it, then keep your mind closed.
The highlight is Icefall one of the best contemporyeletronicemocional piece ever hearded.. it can sometimes on a particular self emotional state of mind take you inside feelings that you are to discover..just try
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