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Masamichi Kinoshita

Ftarri's Harmonium, Vol. 7
Live at Ftarri, December 4, 2021

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Out on February 4, 2022
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  1. Count to 11!! (Sustained Sound Version) (5:02)
  2. Fierce Exchange and Accord IV (10:20)
  3. Study in Fifths III (59:28)

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

Compositions by Masamichi Kinoshita

Hiromune Ishii: trombone
Marika Tadokoro: trombone
Masamichi Kinoshita: harmonium, electonics

Recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo, December 4, 2021
Recorded and mastered by Ftarri

"Count to 11!!" (Sustained Sound Version)
While counting to 11, each player first extends their sound for a full 11 beats. The sound gradually changes to 10 beats and 9 beats, and the silence increases accordingly by 1 and 2 beats. In the end, there is silence. The musicians take care not to synchronize with one another.

"Fierce Exchange and Accord IV"
I added complexity to the graphic score I had adopted in the previous series to create a situation in which two instruments alternate between collision of fierce sound and accord of quiet sound. The previous score was made up of simple squares, but in this score, 2 or 3 squares overlap. The order in which each player moves within the squares has become more complex as well. The trombone is required to use 24 playing methods, which are scattered throughout the piece. Please listen to this space infused with accidental encounters and precise tempo control.

"Study in Fifths III"
First, the background electronic sounds are all decided on the basis of prime numbers and pi. The total performance time is 3,559 seconds. The pitch is set at A=442. Five-note intervals (fifths) are taken above and below, and these are replaced by prime numbers of approximate value to form the basic pattern. Next, pi is divided into two-digit segments. The remainders of these segments divided by 11 are used as a substitute sequence, and the ways in which this shifts the basic pattern (pitch changes, duration of sustained sound, duration of rests) are determined. Two trombones play with identical scores, but proceed without synchronizing by changing the way of reading their respective scores. The time at which each trombone begins playing is "a prime number of seconds" after the start. Forty-seven or 23 measures containing brief sound patterns (with intervals based on the above mentioned fifths) are performed independently and read in the form of a whirlpool. The four-page score is performed in the order [A-B-C-D-C-B-A]. The whirlpool configuration differs in the first and second parts.

Last updated: February 4, 2022

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