Minouragatake

by Takuji Naka/Tim Olive

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A1 04:56
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A2 09:10
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A3 07:50
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A4 07:45
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B1 14:18
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B2 07:24
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B3 06:41

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Michael Rosenstein, Dusted:
Minouragatake (a mountain outside of Kyoto, Japan) is the fourth recording by Takuji Naka and Tim Olive, a duo that has played together for close to a decade now, melding together music of slowly evolving rich timbral abstraction. Each are consummate collaborators and for this session, they make their way across the seven untitled tracks with steadfast focus to the nuanced details of their respective sound sources. Naka utilizes “long loops of sagging/distressed cassette tape winding into and out of similarly distressed portable tape players, with real-time analog processing.” Olive uses his regular array of magnetic pickups and low-tech analog electronics, drawing out volatile hums and changeable striations that coalesce with his partner’s slowly devolving layers of sound. These pieces are imbued with unflappable deliberation, each sound integrated into the cohesive, gradually unfolding improvisations. Each of the pieces sound as if one is tuning in mid-stream and end with a sense that they could continue on indefinitely. Rather than adhering to any formal developmental arcs, the two patiently sit within unfurling sonic worlds as layers ebb and flow. Naka’s degraded tapes lend an aura of catching wafts from some distant celestial emission which Olive subtly shades and colors with hisses, whispered mutable fuzzed gradations and aural grit. Snatches of scumbled lyricism morph into static-laden swirls; washes of flaked and tattered textures disperse into shuddering thrums. Naka doesn’t record much so it’s good to hear another project from him. Olive has been on a particular roll as of late and this one is a laudable addition to his discography.

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released October 17, 2020

Olive and Naka's collaboration pairs two musicians working with lo-/mid-fi sonics and modified/self-made instruments. Through extensive recording and touring, the duo has honed a patient aesthetic, allowing each other's sounds to unfold with minimal, sure-footed interactions, akin to moving along a path up the mountain for which this release is titled. Naka's sources here consist mainly of "long loops of sagging/distressed cassette tape winding into and out of similarly distressed portable tape players, with real-time analog processing." Olive uses magnetic pickups and analog electronics. This leads to sounds of uncertain provenance, playfully emerging from a thick analog haze, building toward surprising, subtle crescendos. This is work that results from, and produces, an active semblance of stillness.

Recorded in Kyoto, Japan, 2019
Original release on Notice Recordings, July 27, 2020

Takuji Naka - tapes/electronics
Tim Olive - magnetic pickups/electronics

Mastered by Branic Howard, Portland, OR

Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
Printed by Small Fires Press, New Orleans

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Magnetic pickups and analog electronics generate sound-textures and scraps of pitched material evolving, shifting and mutating in real time; uncanny, uneasy, and yet somehow beautiful, with a focus on collaboration with fellow musicians and sound artists, predicated on the uniqueness, intensity and unrepeatability in every musical situation. ... more

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