On December 6, 2011, Touch will release Flumina, a two-disc collab between experimental-ambient producer Christian Fennesz and pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto. The project was inspired by a series of improvisational pieces Sakamoto opened performances with while touring in Japan; after collecting 24 different tracks in 24 different musical keys, he sent the tracks over to Fennesz, who worked on them with guitars, synths, and electronics. “0318″ is the first track that appears on the first disc. [Source]
The track “An Ending (Ascent)” was sampled in the song “Hear Me Out” by the group Frou Frou, and has been used in several films, such as Traffic and 28 Days Later. Many of the tracks on the album Apollo were recorded with soft “attacks” of each note, then played backwards, with multiple heavy echoes and reverb added in both directions to merge the notes into one long flowing sound with each note greatly overlapping each adjacent note, producing the “floating” effects that Eno desired. The Yamaha DX7 was used extensively by Eno on the album. “…so many processings and reprocessings – it’s a bit like making soup from the leftovers of the day before, which in turn was made from leftovers…” (making the album) Eno said, “…. Well, I love that music anyway …. what I find impressive about that music is that it’s very concerned with space in a funny way. Its sound is the sound of a mythical space, the mythical American frontier space that doesn’t really exist anymore. That’s why on Apollo I thought it very appropriate, because it’s very much like “space music” — it has all the connotations of pioneering, of the American myth of the brave individual….”
Jonathan Fitoussi (born in 1978) is a sound artist residing in Paris. He works on minimalist and contemporary musical forms. Artwork: Josef Albers, Day and Night VIII, 1963. First published on YouTube in 2006. Track from the album Pluralis released in 2011 on Pan European Recording.
This track was originally based on an improvisation that happened to be recorded in the studio, and unintentionally exhibits one of the limitations of the analog equipment used at the time. As the equipment warmed up, some of the oscillators began to detune (they were highly temperature-sensitive), which was responsible for some of the changes in the music towards the end of the piece.
Green is the fourth studio album by British progressive rock musician Steve Hillage. It was recorded primarily in Dorking, Surrey, and in London, and was produced and engineered by Nick Mason, of Pink Floyd fame.