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Seijiro Murayama / Kazushige Kinoshita


Numbered limited edition of 500
Out on September 2, 2012
Purchase price in Japan: 1,500 yen (tax not included)
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  1. 4 3 3 1 1 (11:00)
  2. 3 1 1 4 3 (11:00)
  3. 1 4 3 3 1 (11:00)
  4. 1 3 3 4 1 (11:00)
  5. 3 1 4 3 1 (11:00)

    mp3 excerpt: track 1
    mp3 excerpt: track 2
    mp3 excerpt: track 3
    mp3 excerpt: track 4
    mp3 excerpt: track 5

All compositions by Seijiro Murayama

Kazushige Kinoshita: violin
Seijiro Murayama: percussion

Recorded in Tokyo, December 3, 2011
Recorded and mastered by Makoto Oshiro
Design by Elico Suzuki (suzueri)

3 Types of Silence

Kinoshita (violin), Murayama (percussion), and Oshiro (recording engineer for this CD),
each of them inserted several moments of silence (timing and duration) in a framework of "composition for improvisation (11 min x 5)" so as to give it a time structure (the idea came from Murayama).

but eachone did not know what was decided by the other two.

the duration of the recording was chosen as the titre of the CD.
the recordings were done only once ( in particular, a pair of microphones were put outside).
without any mixing, during or after the recording.

Oshiro's silence: he put the recording level to zero.
the musicians' silence: they didn't make any sounds following the composition (but also they sometimes made silence during their improvisation).
the silence heard in these recordings has 3 different types of backgrounds:
silence generated by only one "intention" (of impro, or of the compo), or by two intentions (doubled or superposed silence), or by three (tripled by everyone).
though the sonic apprearences of each silence does not seem so different, its contents are not exactly the same.
of course, the most important thing was how this piece was interpreted or played by the musicians.

i would like to evoque, by these 3 types of silence, another serie of silence:
that of John Cage (4:33), then that of the experience of "sudden death" in the earthquake-tsunami-Fukushima catastrophy in Japan (3/11, 2011), and in the end, that of today's "our silence."
i think these are the 3 types of silence we could live actually in improvisation.

Seijiro Murayama

Last updated: November 10, 2012

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