une histoire de bleu
america $14.00 USD
canada $19.00 USD
rest of the world $22.50 USD
oiseaux003 - 2013
cdr in numbered edition of one hundred, handmade package with tipped in inkjet print
a release of mr. tomonari nozaki. abstract sound projections & melodies using destruction techniques discovered with reel to reel tape-loop
splicings and other analogue romanticisms. mr. nozaki has beginnings in minimal techno and experimental music, and after a slight pause
from music, has returned in 2012 with some transcendental experimentations into the rarely visited places of "liminality" and "the sublime".
photography and design by matthew swiezynski
in any film, you'll come across one or perhaps two moments where the director's vision burns right out of the celluloid and into your mind. depending on
how effective the said director is at integrating those beats into the rest of the proceedings will determine how good of a production you're watching.
these fleeting, frozen frames are elusive at the very best and illusory at worst. tomonari nozaki has, with his album, made the auditory equivalent of a
movie that is nothing but those intensely smoldering cinematic yearnings. each second is an expansive, intuitive descent into what makes our blood curdle,
boil and run cold all at once.
une histoire de bleu is a profoundly sad, forlorn piece of work. each chapter a series of regrets, every thunderous wave which breaks upon your ears
lamentation. what once was, what could have been, where things stand now, the one who never requited what was given them. i hear this kind of artistry
rarely in my line of work, it is all too easy to just thrown down a couple layers of formless drone then tinker in a few random noises and call it good.
but this release here contains fully-formed, extremely articulate compositions where the field recordings flow imperceptibly into what nozaki has channeled
out of his machinery
loss is the main arena nozaki is working within, all of his sounds and structures contain a slowly decaying core; the soundtrack of a satellite descending
out of orbit with the lifeless, inert crew forever frozen in place at their stations. watching. waiting. wailing. i cannot help but come away from hearing
this with a very heavy heart. the tantalized memories of one person's understanding of what the color blue can mean. is this in reference to the film? i
could not tell you but the sense of cataclysm and sudden rupture from life are undeniable. we may have both a meditation on all the different meanings of
what it is to exist in this realm and also an alternate score to a movie which was easily the strongest act to a three film epic that resonates to this day.
no matter, however, let us return to what mr. nozaki has given us. it is described as an excursion into the sublime, which is pretty close to the mark. there
are much much more than simple synonymic anagrams going on within these four chapters (the four stages of life? the four cycles of civilization? the four
seasons on the calendar? i'll leave that with the listeners fortunate enough to hear this. for me they are four exquisitely designed, shape-shifting takes
on the very nature of reality. everything is transitory, this will give you something to hold on to.
~ peter marks
according to the website of invisible birds, "mr. nozaki has beginnings in minimal techno and experimental music, and after a slight pause from music,
has returned in 2012 with some transcendental experimentations into the rarely visited places of "liminality" and "the sublime"." I am not sure, but
this might be my first encounter with his music. the music here is announced as "abstract sound projections & melodies using destruction techniques
discovered with reel to reel tape-loop splicings and other analogue romanticisms", which is actually not far from the truth. not the reel to reel thing,
as that is not easy to check upon, but the romantic aspect of the music. i was thinking there is some classical music on those tapes, as a kind of
residue (maybe he got the ones from dear departed father?), which he loops around and by adding sound effects makes them a bit more alienated. it reminds
me of jorge mantis' the beautiful schizophonic with its looped classical music from the 19th century - the romantic era in that music. occasionally there
is a hiccup which I couldn't figure to be a glitch in the tape, the stretching of samples (so, maybe it includes computers?), or the burning to CDR? these
four long and one short pieces work very fine on a grey day: stretched out fields of sounds, passing like slow clouds in the sky, with the occasional
crackle being the summer rain drop. dark but full of hope and light.
~ frans de waard
invisible birds introduces us to another exceptional composer through their ongoing series of limited edition hand-fabricated cd-rs, where we had been
previously graced by the langous tones of arthur de eriomem and got a brilliant full length out of thomas bel. here, the imprint offers us an album from
the japanese ambient composer tomonari nozaki who started out in the techno scene, but grew fascinated with the purely analogue forms of tape loops
and synthesizers. a sense of rhythm and timing is definitely at play in his work, alluding to the beatless pop ambient sensibility that wolfgang voigt
inspired through his classic gas albums; but the placid, cinematic grandeur of nozaki's sources harken more to the caretaker and william basinski's
emotionally laden scores of forgotten dreams. the four lengthy tracks could endlessly cycle through their maudlin melodies that are stretched and swept
as if carried away the currents of a cold, gray ocean. like basinski, nozaki is not averse to including the dusty crackle, ferric drop-outs, and tape
machined errors in with his composition. they do come across with a greater deal of randomness than on the aggregated decomposition of basinski's
disintegration loops; but all of the wooziness and gauzy ambience makes for a beautifully spellbinding listen. limited to 100 copies.
~ jim haynes
art into life
third release of the limited 100 edition "oiseaux" series of invisible birds. japanese artist tomonari nozaki produces a method of production in analog
with reel to reel tape-loop splicings. first track starts with a noisy loop that has been modified the sea spray (this is cool). then a collection of
ambient tracks with a persistent kink unique tape followed. blue packaging is beautiful.
~ shingo aoyagi
from the label invisible birds that the ingenting kollektiva operate, work of japanese artist tomonari nozaki who performs a method of production in
analog with a focus on tape splicing. music with a strong presence of texture, a unique dark sound is generated from the analog method which is very
good, even while retaining the functionality of ambient, it does not become the unconscious easily. shades of blue of the jacket is beautiful. this
is a masterpiece
~ memr (translated from the japanese)