Saturday Music


Midori Takada’s highly coveted Through The Looking Glass finally reissued on vinyl

As minimalism and ambient music grew and developed from the subtle piano of Erik Satie to the more avant garde work of Terry Riley and John Cage, moving from the fringes to mainstream respectability or at least airport lounges, the best known names have been mostly male, and mainly from the west.

Midori Takada, a composer and percussionist in Japan who released a string of mindblowing records beginning in the 1980s, challenges that order. Many call her work minimalism; her interlocking patterns bring to mind Steve Reich, in particular. Her layers of rich textures and atmospheres are sometimes reminiscent of Brian Eno’s classic ambient work. Through it all, she created a sound that is uniquely her own.

Takada was part of the Mkwaju Ensemble, a short-lived Japanese group comprised of Takada and fellow Japanese musicians Joe Hisaishi, Yoji Sadanari, Junko Arase and Hideki Matsutake, which released two dynamite records, Mkwaju and Ki-Motion, on the Better Days label in Japan in 1981. Their hypnotic music feels inspired by Reich and Terry Riley, and by various forms of African drumming (the word “mkwaju” comes from Swahili). At times, their music sounds like early techno, possibly due to the involvement of Matsutake, better known for his work in Logic System and as a “secret member” of Yellow Magic Orchestra. (The first Mkwaju Ensemble album would not be out of place mixed into a DJ set today.)

@ TG


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13 Responses to Saturday Music

  1. Den says:

    An unusual form of music best taken at lower volume with headphones.

    The music is on vinyl with the obligatory pops and scratches blended in bring back memories of the pre-CD/MP3 days, a trip back in time with meditative qualities.


  2. micki says:

    Stopping by to comment on a couple of things I read this morning…

    Google depends mostly on automated programs to place ads in YouTube videos because the job is too much for humans to handle on their own. About 400 hours of video is posted on YouTube each minute. Holy smokes! 400 hrs/each minute!

    Robots could take 38% of U.S. jobs within about 15 years, report says

    ….The main reason is not that the U.S. has more jobs in sectors that are ripe for automation, the report says; rather, it’s that more U.S. jobs in certain sectors are potentially vulnerable than, say, British jobs in the same sectors….

    For example, the report says the financial and insurance sector has much higher possibility of automation in the U.S. than in Britain. That’s because, it says, American finance workers are less educated than British ones.

    In my recent experience, handling my deceased sister’s banking affairs…it seems the prerequisites to work at a bank are straight teeth and an IQ higher than room temperature.


  3. micki says:

    David B. Benson says:
    March 24, 2017 at 9:51 PM
    Silly me.

    Multnomah Falls.

    Love those falls…and surrounding beauty.


  4. Den says:

    I saw the falls from the AMTRAK that runs along the Columbia river, unfortunately the train did not stop, just rolled right by. 😦


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Again 13 minutes.


    • David B. Benson says:

      And straight back in 11 minutes.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Up Hall Drive to the high school auditorium in 29 minutes and back in a timed 20 minutes after the Washington Idaho Symphony concert. Daily total is 24+49=73 minutes.

      Day 7: 77+73=150 minutes, the recommended weekly minimum.


  6. Den says:

    Trump monkey pouts while blaming the Dems:


  7. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Finally drove my recycling to the bins in Chelsea this morning. Returned some bottles and cans, and since I burned the trash several days ago the garage is shaping up nicely. I’ll be cleaning it soon, weather providing.

    Made my famous Shrimp Pasta today. Mmmm….


  8. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Looks like I didn’t have to worry so much about Trump in the White House, or the republicans. They’re all failing together. Heh, heh, heh.


  9. David B. Benson says:

    There is a Medicare For All petition out there. I signed.


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