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Artist: TAKAYANAGI, MASAYUKI
Title: Action Direct -Live at Zojoji Hall 1985
Format: LP
Label: Tiliqua
Country: Japan
Price: $44.00
"Action Direct was first released by Kojima ALM Records in 1985 in a tiny run and has been elusive ever since. Now, twenty years later, Tiliqua restores it to its former glory in the form of an identical limited LP edition (of 250 copies) and a first time ever limited CD edition (of 800 copies). The CD version is carefully crafted and housed in a deluxe fold out sturdy carton mini-LP styled record sleeve (hand numbered) complete with fully detailed and extensive liner notes by Alan Licht and Johan Wellens. The LP comes as a hand numbered deluxe hard carton single jacket edition containing an explanatory insert that is printed separately on high quality glossy paper. Both editions are true beauties to behold, doing the music and Takayanagi justice. As far as the music is concerned, I leave you with a few quotes lifted out of the liner notes in order for you to get a glimpse of the stratospherically heights the music tends to skyrocket into. �??Action Direct is his final extension of his Mass Projection/cool mode - the spaces in his playing now filled in with tapes and effects instead of reeds, bass, cello and drums, the sustain now applied to a wall of sound rather than simple guitar feedback, the spare gestures now appearing against a self-created backdrop of noise. And show a progression similar to Miles Davis pre-fusion mid-60s albums, whose increasing use of pulse suggested rock without directly referencing it; Action Direct could be seen as Takayanagis Bitches Brew (AL) Action Direct embodies a certain duality, a dichotomy between musician and instrument, machine and man and between science and art. While bestowing his concept with the character of music (or musical collage), Takayanagi set out to transcend and empower the physical identity, reality and significance of the individual sound atoms that lay at the core of this conceptual piece. By unleashing a vast array of demonic sonic clusters and fragmentation bombs, he created a new sonic language that vibrates through our present-day existence" - Tiliqua.
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Artist: TAKAYANAGI, MASAYUKI
Title: Action Direct -Live at Zojoji Hall 1985
Format: CD
Label: Tiliqua
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
"Action Direct was first released by Kojima ALM Records in 1985 in a tiny run and has been elusive ever since. Now, twenty years later, Tiliqua restores it to its former glory in the form of an identical limited LP edition (of 250 copies) and a first time ever limited CD edition (of 800 copies). The CD version is carefully crafted and housed in a deluxe fold out sturdy carton mini-LP styled record sleeve (hand numbered) complete with fully detailed and extensive liner notes by Alan Licht and Johan Wellens. The LP comes as a hand numbered deluxe hard carton single jacket edition containing an explanatory insert that is printed separately on high quality glossy paper. Both editions are true beauties to behold, doing the music and Takayanagi justice. As far as the music is concerned, I leave you with a few quotes lifted out of the liner notes in order for you to get a glimpse of the stratospherically heights the music tends to skyrocket into. Action Direct is his final extension of his Mass Projection/cool mode - the spaces in his playing now filled in with tapes and effects instead of reeds, bass, cello and drums, the sustain now applied to a wall of sound rather than simple guitar feedback, the spare gestures now appearing against a self-created backdrop of noise. And show a progression similar to Miles Davis pre-fusion mid-60s albums, whose increasing use of pulse suggested rock without directly referencing it; Action Direct could be seen as Takayanagis Bitches Brew (AL) Action Direct embodies a certain duality, a dichotomy between musician and instrument, machine and man and between science and art. While bestowing his concept with the character of music (or musical collage), Takayanagi set out to transcend and empower the physical identity, reality and significance of the individual sound atoms that lay at the core of this conceptual piece. By unleashing a vast array of demonic sonic clusters and fragmentation bombs, he created a new sonic language that vibrates through our present-day existence"- Tiliqua.
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Artist: TAKAYANAGI, MASAYUKI
Title: Independence - Tread On Sure Ground
Format: CD
Label: Tiliqua
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
"New release in Tiliqua Records ongoing Archival Series is this quintessential album by Takayanagi Masayuki. It was his debut recording as a leader with his newly erected unit The New Directions, a trio consisting out of bassist Yoshizawa and drummer Toyozumi "Sabu" Yoshisaburo. Recorded at the Teichiku Kaikan studios on 18 September 1969 (released in 1970), "Independence �?? Tread on Sure Ground," is largely regarded as the first true classic of Japanese free jazz. The group thrashes out an entirely new Japanese methodology for improvisation based on Takayanagis theories about progressive art. As Alan Cummings explains in his liner notes, the groups sonic outburst is pregnant with an urgent intensity similar to a violent rotating windstorm. "An electric guitar string is pinged with a sour and markedly unlovely resonance. It is left to fade away naturally, its dying whisper replaced with a wavering feedback tone that grows steadily in volume and thickness. Against the slow feedback wave, a sudden loud percussive crash, urgent staccato rolls across the toms, and the dry rasp of a rattle. A choppy, non-sequential series of chords from the guitar, still mouth-puckeringly bitter is set against the warmer resonance of an alternately bowed and plucked double bass. Each instrument sounds self-contained, like lunar bodies spinning on their own axes at different tempos, but locked together by unfathomably complex rules of motion. Additional percussive rattles and scrapes have been overdubbed to fill in the blank space. Tendrils of feedback snake in and out, like cosmic dust from some cataclysmic celestial event. The playing is exploratory and deliberate, technically adept and keenly judged, easily sustaining interest and motion across the tracks eleven minutes. Its sense of focused concentration is more akin to the European free improvisation of AMM or The Spontaneous Music Ensemble than the violent ecstasies of American fire music.�?� - Alan Cummings �?? from the liner notes. The CD reissue includes also the bonus track �??Mass Projection�?� which was originally issued on the compilation album Guitar Workshop (Teichiku, 1970). This CD is housed in a high quality mini-LP styled gatefold sleeve, completed with obi and extensive 4-paged illuminating liner notes by Alan Cummings. Original artwork is faithfully reproduced. One time only limited pressing." - Tiliqua.

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