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Junji Hirose / Otomo Yoshihide


Limited edition of 400
Out on September 4, 2022
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  1. First Scene (29:15)
  2. Second Scene (17:26)
  3. Third Scene (17:22)

    mp3 excerpt: track 1
    mp3 excerpt: track 2
    mp3 excerpt: track 3

Junji Hirose: self-made sound instrument, version 4 [SSI-4] (1), self-made sound instrument, version 6 [SSI-6] (2), no-instrument air noise [NIAN] (3)
Otomo Yoshihide: turntables

Recorded live by Masayoshi Watabiki at Pool, Tokyo, June 6, 2021
Mixed by Otomo Yoshihide
Mastered by Toshimaru Nakamura
Artwork and design by Cathy Fishman

Improviser Junji Hirose is not just a sax player; in the 1980s he started playing the SSI (self-made sound instrument), which he created by combining numerous devices and everyday objects from which noise sounds are produced in a scattered way. In 1989, Hirose recorded the SSI/turntables duo album Silanganan Ingay with Otomo Yoshihide and released it independently as an LP. Three decades later, in 2022, a new SSI/turntables duo album by Hirose and Otomo has finally been made!

This CD contains live performances of three works that took place at Pool, Tokyo, on June 6, 2021. Otomo produces wild, wriggling noise sounds on two turntables. Hirose, in the first piece, uses the self-made sound instrument, version 4 (SSI4), which he set up with two bicycle wheels as central components. In the second, he plays the SSI6, which produces white noise by directing powerful bursts of air onto PE tape with two air compressors. And in track three, he uses the no-instrument air noise (NIAN), which turns powerful bursts of compressed air directly onto a mike set up on a stand, creating roaring noise that sounds like fierce wind.

Last updated: September 2, 2022

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