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Kiyoshi Mizutani: Bird Songs

Track 1 – Binzui ………. 9’13"
Track 2 – Toratsugumi ………. 5’52"
Track 3 – Hokora No Mizuba ………. 16’08"
Track 4 – Tokyo Bay Bird Sanctuary ………. 7’09"
Track 5 – Aokigahara ………. 14’29"
Track 6 – Nimbo ………. 5’15"

“Essentially these are field recordings of various nature locations. The focus mostly remains on bird songs, but it goes a little bit beyond that: Mizutani arranged and enhanced the material a bit. The song of the “Binzui” is echoed by electronic treatments, broken down to its constituents for us to marvel in its complexity. That’s as far as the artist goes though. In “Aokigahara,” the only non-nature sound is the tinkling of a music box (or a jack-in-the-box or other toy) played very slowly, two or three notes at a time. “Hokora no Mizuba,” recorded near a spring fountain, features metallic sounds, like someone lightly hitting a metallic grid. A similar addition is heard in “Nimbo”. This piece is a collage of recordings in a Chinese city. It is the only manifestation of human civilization on this album and also features a metallic "klang "(a fence?, rods of different lengths?). All these alterations (except for the electronic “birds” in the first tracks) vanish into the recorded environment." François Couture

Field recordings on a loose, humble theme: birds…singing in different environments. The top of a mountain, a bird sancuary, forest, at a japanese airport, in an ancient chinese city. Sometimes the environment around the bird is the real show, the birdcalls reduced to a soothing and sometimes insignificant incident in this larger picture. I see immediately what this collection accomplishes. The focus on the bird sounds, however incidental, make a reference point by which all the other sounds can be looked at objectively. A great release to get lost inside of. Manifold Records Website

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