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.

  • I think what I like most about SUMMVS is that it is neither here nor there, each track feels whole, not too Alva Noto or Ryuichi Sakamoto. Its not overtly electronic or acoustic, it's not purely intellectual or purely melodic, the... I think what I like most about SUMMVS is that it is neither here nor there, each track feels whole, not too Alva Noto or Ryuichi Sakamoto. Its not overtly electronic or acoustic, it's not purely intellectual or purely melodic, the compositions seem closer to Jazz yet not at all. SUMMVS seems to be about the right touch, the right balance of a collaboration which continues to uncover it's own unique language.

  • "Casa" is a wonderful take on the music of Jobim. Unncumbered and colorful "Casa" is created from the talent, and musical vision of Morelenbaum (2) and Ryuichi Sakamoto. "Casa" flows into floating melodies and breezy song, I'm tak... "Casa" is a wonderful take on the music of Jobim. Unncumbered and colorful "Casa" is created from the talent, and musical vision of Morelenbaum (2) and Ryuichi Sakamoto. "Casa" flows into floating melodies and breezy song, I'm taken away into that world every time.

  • Like Eric Satie but contemporary

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  • Gorgeous, stunning, rich, beautiful, inspired, contemporary, stylish, romantic, blissful, human, abstract, and a great listen.

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  • Cendre was recorded between 2004 and 2006 in New York City by Ryuichi Sakamoto and in Vienna by Christian Fennesz. They came together for the mix in New York City in February of that year. Fennesz would send Sakamoto a guitar or e... Cendre was recorded between 2004 and 2006 in New York City by Ryuichi Sakamoto and in Vienna by Christian Fennesz. They came together for the mix in New York City in February of that year. Fennesz would send Sakamoto a guitar or electronic track and Sakamoto would compose his piano piece. This process was also reversed - Sakamoto initiating the track with a piano composition and Fennesz responding. Meanwhile they met for live shows, or communicated via digital means to compare notes, swop ideas and develop themes... And the cyclical process continued right up until the final mix. Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz blend the unstructured and imaginative qualities of improvisation with the satisfying sculpture of composition. Sakamoto's piano, his style reminiscent of Debussy and Satie, perfectly complements Fennesz with his powerful blend of shimmering guitar and passionate electronics. Together they have combined to create 11 tracks of satisfying and challenging possibilities...

  • I've enjoyed the evolution of Ryuichi Sakamoto's early 21st Century compositions, for me the sparse emotive keyboard and piano atmospheres created in "BTTB" and his film music provided the perfect pause my ears longed for. "Bricol... I've enjoyed the evolution of Ryuichi Sakamoto's early 21st Century compositions, for me the sparse emotive keyboard and piano atmospheres created in "BTTB" and his film music provided the perfect pause my ears longed for. "Bricolages" is a collection that also brings in more percussive and active personality which has been held back from some of the recordings made in the late 90's and 00's.

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  • Other Music Digital Exclusive! A new collaboration between Christopher Willits and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Fennesz fans will find much to enjoy here on "Ocean Fire," but the distinction is that while its movement is still dynamic, there... Other Music Digital Exclusive! A new collaboration between Christopher Willits and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Fennesz fans will find much to enjoy here on "Ocean Fire," but the distinction is that while its movement is still dynamic, there's a slightly less "physical" quality to the sound which brings it a more placid feeling. Each track expresses both the grandness of the ocean and some intimate space within it.