Improvised Music from Japan, IMJ-504
Released in July 2003
The long-awaited solo album of amazing "howling voice" performer Ami Yoshida. It's hard to believe Yoshida's sounds, with their myriad nuances, are those of a human voice--they could easily be mistaken for minute digital noises. From the end of the 1990s to the early 2000s, this artist's work--including projects with Otomo Yoshihide (guitar, turntable) and the duos Cosmos, with Sachiko M (sinewaves), and Astro Twin, with Utah Kawasaki (analog synthesizer)--garnered considerable attention on the improvised music scene both inside and outside Japan. Her 1997 release Spiritual Voice was a collaboration with the CD's producer, tamaru (bass guitar, effects), so this is essentially Yoshida's first solo album. In June 2003, the album Astro Twin/Cosmos (released in 2002), featuring her duo work with Sachiko M and Kawasaki, took the top prize in the Digital Musics Division at the annual Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria.
Consisting of 99 tracks (total time, 67:58) recorded by Ami Yoshida between January and March 2002, Tiger Thrush is a compendium of her extraordinary vocal powers. In her own words, it's "like a pictorial dictionary, arranged by category, of the sounds [she is] currently able to produce."
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