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ROOM 40主宰のLAWRENCE ENGLISHとUK、日本のレジェンドDAVID TOOP、鈴木昭男の3人による「BREATHING SPIRIT FORMS」。タイトルの意味に想いを巡らせる。素晴らしい音楽。

イギリスの実験音楽の重要アーチストDAVID TOOPと、日本のサンドアートの先駆者、鈴木昭男。自然の音とともに奏でられた音。シャーマニズムにも影響を受けてる二人とのコラヴォレーション。潜在意識の世界のようなディープな音です。「Breathing Spirit Forms」。
CDとブックレット、ミニポスターがセットになっています。 (サイトウ)

オーストラリアのタンボリン‐マウンテン(Tamborine Mountain)にて2013年に録音。
限定ブックレットには、デイヴィッド・トゥープのエッセイ、鈴木昭男のドローイング、ローレンス・イングリッシュのフォトドキュメントがおさめられ、3名のアーティストの交流が綴られている。

Monochrome printed + matte laminate sleeve, 4 panel fold out poster and 24 page book with text by David Toop, drawings by Akio Suzuki and photography by Lawrence English

David Toop - Flutes, sticks
Akio Suzuki - Analapos, flutes, stones, sponge & hand mirror, pocket bottle & mallet
Lawrence English - Shortwave radio, handheld electronics, percussion.

▼ Tracklisting

1.The Quietening Of Rocks (8:29)sample
2.Night Drive (8:55)sample
3.Witches Falls (7:44)sample
4.Empty Every Time (3:40)
5.Small Holes In The Sky (5:45)
6.Leaving No Trace (5:04)
7.It's Winter Already (4:49)

DAVID TOOP, AKIO SUZUKI & LAWRENCE ENGLISH - Breathing Spirit Forms : CD + Booklet gallery 0
DAVID TOOP, AKIO SUZUKI & LAWRENCE ENGLISH - Breathing Spirit Forms : CD + Booklet gallery 1
DAVID TOOP, AKIO SUZUKI & LAWRENCE ENGLISH - Breathing Spirit Forms : CD + Booklet gallery 2
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From Lawrence English

“I am ceaselessly fascinated by how memory operates and, I’m regularly struck by how individually subjective a collective experience can be when recalled by its participants. Lynch’s Lost Highway comes to mind here, specifically Bill Pullman’s character Fred Madison who says “I like to remember things my own way. How I remembered them, not necessarily the way they happened.” Like Madison, I can’t help but sense that memory takes shape through an accumulative process that reflects how each of us have lived (and maybe even wanted to live) up to that point in time.

Going back to listen again to these recordings of which I was a part with David and Akio, I was surprised by what elements had stayed with me and what others had slipped into the eternal greying of my mind. I have vivid recollections of listening to a Lyre bird before recording the pieces together at Witches Falls. I remember both Akio and David finding musicality in decaying palm fronds. I remember Akio’s voice, amplified through his Analpos, bouncing off the stones and trees. I remember David’s flute, so quiet in the pitch black of the night forest as to appear like a hushed tone of wind or a distant animal calling. I also remember trying to match my modest hand held electronics with the pulsing and pitching of the insects around me.

Reading David’s text, which is included in the book published alongside this edition, he recounts several things I had forgotten. Conversations about memory, ironically enough, had vanished from my mind until reading his words. I also didn’t really remember my role as tick surgeon, removing a living insect from David’s ear. I do remember his cooking though, as does Akio (captured aptly in his drawings), no doubt a testament to David’s improvisational culinary expertise.

Breathing Spirit Forms represents a distinctive exchange between friends and collaborators. Tamborine commands a special presence and encourages a deep patience from those who are willing to give time to its varied environments. For the three of us, we were fortunate to share these moments together, fleeting in our lives as they might be, to sense the mountain’s unique qualities, to respond to them through our exchanges and to form memories (as disparate as they might be) we carry forward with us in time.”

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