Improvizirani zvukovi koji ne postaju muzika, kao što je Glasgow glavni grad Japana.
PAN is honored to present one of its boldest releases yet; a 4LP edition of a 3-hour set from the legendary Japanese group, Marginal Consort, recorded live at Arika's INSTAL 08 festival at The Arches, Glasgow. Marginal Consort is a Japanese avant-garde improvisational collective made of sound and visual artists, who were all students of Takehisa Kosugi at the radical Bigaku School of aesthetics in Tokyo in the '70s. The group is a reformation of the East Bionic Symphonia, who released an incredible long-form drone record in the early '80s, a large improvisation ensemble in the spirit of Kosugi's Group Ongaku and Taj Mahal Travellers projects. Marginal Consort is formed around musicians Kazuo Imai (a student of Japanese free jazz linchpin Masayuki Takayanagi and also member of both Taj Mahal Travellers and Takayanagi's New Direction Unit), Tomonao Koshikawa, Kei Shii, and sound-artist Masami Tada (also in GAP). This extended set explores forms of sound and ways of playing that never coalesce into music, but create a group dynamic of ebb and flow, of exploration and fluidity. Marginal Consort also featured previously artists Yasushi Ozawa, bassist in Keiji Haino's Fushitsusha, and Chie Mukai, from dreamy psychedelic group Che-Shizu. With this cast on board, they took their free improvisation to the streets to create drones and percussive interplay in urban communal harmony. "A form of sound that does not turn into music and a group that does not produce harmony; individual concepts and group fluidity; individuals who are at once independent entities and components of the whole; coexisting time frames and intersecting rhythms -- these are among the images of group improvisation that have occupied my mind since the '70s. These images neither presuppose specific elements nor regulate the entire process. There always remain, however, the fundamental premises that sounds are separately produced phenomena and that their accumulation forms the whole." --Kazuo Imai; 4LP mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering and pressed on 4x 140 gram vinyls which themselves are housed in a silk screened PVC sleeve. - Features liner notes by Barry Esson, extended photo documentation by Bryony McIntyre and artwork by Bill Kouligas.
The album consists of a three-hour live set by the band, recorded at Arika's INSTAL '08 festival at The Arches in Glasgow. According to a PAN mailout, the performance incorporated "bamboo, electronics and the contents of a local ironmonger's bin." Marginal Consort is a collective that includes Kazuo Imai, Tomonao Koshikawa, Kei Shii and sound artist Masami Tada, and their arrival on PAN marks the latest chapter for Bill Kouligas's adventurous label. So far in 2013 Kouligas has overseen releases from Rashad Becker, Mohammad and Black Sites (AKA Golden Pudel residents Helena Hauff and f#x). - www.residentadvisor.net/
Epic 4LP set, each pressed on 140g vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, housed in a silk-screened PVC sleeve designed by Bill Kouligas. Includes liner notes by Barry Esson, extended photo documentation by Bryony McIntyre** PAN imparts its most ambitious and remarkable statement yet with this immersive, 4LP, 3-hour release of Kazuo Imai's avant-garde free improv collective Marginal Consort, recorded at Glasgow's Instal festival in 2008. It's an impressive feat on so many levels, from the sheer volume of material, to the group's intuitive application of weighty rhetoric and philosophies - eloquently expounded in a 6-page feature in the current issue of The Wire. If we were to reduce it's appeal to any one factor, then its to the potential to collapse almost any listener's sense of time and space, depth and duration when given the attention it deserves. It makes for a genuinely transcendent and transformative experience: over the course of three hours, divided in eight parts each between 21 - 25 minutes, the set explores forms of sound and ways of playing that never coalesce into 'traditional' music, instead creating a group dynamic of ebb and flow, of exploration and fluidity. Marginal Consort's members: Kazuo Imai (a student of Japanese Free Jazz linchpin Masayuki Takayanagi and also a member of both Taj Mahal Travellers and Takayanagi's New Direction Unit), Tomonao Koshikawa, Kei Shii, Yasushi Ozawa, Chie Mukai and sound-artist Masami Tada (also in GAP) adopt individual positions in the group that are hard to decipher, as opposed to so many other improv units whose preferred mode reflects a method of communication based on a mannered variant of of call-and-response. Instead, Marginal Consort embrace an overlapping methodology, reflecting the chaos of life mutual to our shared experience, or as Imai himself puts it, "there always remain the fundamental premises that sounds are separately produced phenomena and that their accumulation forms the whole." It should be noted that this release was originally intended as one of PAN's earliest releases; to their huge credit it's taken the label years to put it together. In some respects, it seems right that now, with the benefit of hindsight five years down the line, it arrives to perfectly illustrate the label's broad, often daring parameters. - boomkat
If all of the records that arrived this week were prehistoric creatures then this gargantuan 4LP set would be the fucking badass T-Rex. There’s like 3 hours worth of audio to consume which is somewhat overwhelming. This Japanese avant-garde improv collective make quite an enchanting sound. Sometimes quiet and meditative to more intense chaotic passages with lots of percussion, drones and lord knows what else. This is gonna take some serious zoning out to fully digest but from what I’ve got through so far this is a total keeper with a timeless sound. Considering what a lot of LP’s cost these days, thirty squid for this set in high quality PAN packaging is a no brainer. This monolithic set will drag you through heaven, down to hell and back again. No shit. Incredible stuff. - Norman Records