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Album tracks available for download on our shop :
1. Bonsai Modulation
2. Mimi Spelunking
Diverse sound can be heard from trees and plants. Sound can be heard when the wind rustles the leaves, when the twigs mingle with each other, when humans rub their hands against treebarks, and when branches fall. The trees also produce high frequency waves, much higher than our hearing capacities of 20 ~ 20,000 Hz. All sound materials used in the music of Bonsai Modulation were recorded, sampled and edited from different specimens of trees. Frequencies higher than 20,000 Hz were brought down to our hearing range.
From my formative years, I have been paranoid about water entering my ears. Learning that water can enter the ear through any exposure to water, I always wished that I could shrink myself to a size of a grain of rice and enter into my ear canals with a bucket to drain the water. During the initial stages of the composition process for this work, I revisited my imagination of entering, or spelunking into my own ears. Each section was carefully composed to accurately portray the spelunking experience with aural expressions. “Mimi” is a Japanese word for “ears”.
“Shinkaigyo”, which is translated into “deep sea fish”, was written in fascination of the Mariana Trench in west Pacific Ocean; the deepest area of all seas in the world. I was always intrigued by the deep sea, which is still largely untouched and deeply mysterious to mankind.
Chatori Shimizu (b. 1990) is a Dresden based composer and sound artist, who constructs his works for a wide range of mediums concerning the time identity in sound. Ranging from orchestral works to sound installations, all of his works “engage in repetitive patterns of sound motifs, which aims for the slightest change in the pattern to act as an accent” (New York Seikatsu), and is described as “a flared infotainment playground” (Mehrlicht Dresden).