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Listening to the Footsteps of Living Ones Who Are Still on the Ground

by Toshimaru Nakamura / Martin Taxt

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This is a duo album by Toshimaru Nakamura, a mixer player based in Tokyo, and Martin Taxt, a tuba player living in Oslo. Instead of a conventional tuba, Taxt plays a custom-made "microtonal tuba" capable of producing microtones. In this album, Nakamura incorporates Taxt's tuba sounds in his mixer through a microphone instead of playing his usual instrument, the no-input mixing board, which does not take in external sounds.

The project started with the concept of Nakamura processing the tuba sounds in real time as they played. But in their actual performances, the opposite often occurred: Taxt's tuba sound directed and obstructed Nakamura's feedback. This completely unexpected outcome astonished both musicians and spurred them on to new forms of creation. The three tracks on this album were recorded in Japan in April 2016.

東京のミキサー奏者、中村としまると、ノルウェイ、オスロ在住のチューバ奏者、マッティン・タクスト (Martin Taxt) とのデュオ・アルバム。タクストは一般的なチューバではなく、微分音を出せる特注のマイクロトーナル・チューバを演奏。本作での中村は、通常使用している、外部音源を受け付けない no-input mixing board ではなく、マイクロフォンを介してタクストのチューバ音をミキサーに取り込んでいる。当プロジェクトは、チューバのサウンドを中村が演奏中にその場で加工するようなことから始まった。ところが、実際やっているうちに、タクストのチューバの音が、逆に中村のフィードバックを制御し、支配し、妨害する局面も多く発生する。ふたりの予期せぬそれらの現象は、彼らを大いに驚かせ、新たな創造へと駆り立てることとなった。2016年4月、日本での録音3曲を収録。

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released May 14, 2017

Toshimaru Nakamura: mixing board
Martin Taxt: microtonal tuba

Recorded and mixed by Toshimaru Nakamura
Recorded in different locations in Japan in April 2016
Mixed and mastered by Toshimaru Nakamura, August 2016
Cover art and design by tanabemse

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