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.

  • "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.

  • 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.

  • "Elephantism" stands within the same ground as other Ryuichi Sakamoto from the late 1990's, melodic space, modern atmospheric soundscapes, bit's of field recordings and something very captivating to me--presence, the element which... "Elephantism" stands within the same ground as other Ryuichi Sakamoto from the late 1990's, melodic space, modern atmospheric soundscapes, bit's of field recordings and something very captivating to me--presence, the element which creates place and narrative within the mind of the listener.