insen ~ Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto

insen ~ Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto

Nicolai works directly with the piano sounds, dismantling Sakamoto's recordings with "surgeon-like precision" into micro loops; into their atomic elements. Starting with these sound atoms, he creates a new basis for form, compressing, floating, and rotating rhythm with harmonic sequences and melodic counterpoints, and laying it underneath the piano tracks. This makes insen appear more complex, though the time-stretched flow and the clear lines of the piano stay untouched.

  • Yes I agree "Discord" redefines Ryuichi Sakamoto, and in my own selfish way I would also say that the Ryuichi Sakamoto music from "Discord" onward is the music I've been hoping to hear. "Discord" is a touchstone for a kind of alch... Yes I agree "Discord" redefines Ryuichi Sakamoto, and in my own selfish way I would also say that the Ryuichi Sakamoto music from "Discord" onward is the music I've been hoping to hear. "Discord" is a touchstone for a kind of alchemy that only a rare talent enters into, I'd describe it as Jazz abstraction, classical minimalism, or digital acoustic theory. What ever "Discord" might be classified as I feel it should be simply classified as a breakthrough piece.