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Peak Organ (MP3)

A solo improvisation by Kyoto-based Nobuto Suda

The peak, or peak out, used to be the sound that signaled that a signal had gone a little out of control. That the peak has moved from signifying emergency to being a grace note has been a fascinating transition. Once upon a time, when something peaked out, it had risen above a comfortable threshold and yielded an unintended effect. In time, those unintended effects became purposeful affect, a subset of a broad realm of feedback techniques employed with artistic intent. Today a peaked-out sound can be the aural equivalent of a lens flare: a sonic skeuomorph. In the hands of Nobuto Suda, as heard on “Improvisation on the organ for Quiet wonder #1,” the sound that flares up is experienced like a reflection in a blissfully still pool:

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/nobutosuda1101. More from Suda at nobutosuda.org. Thanks to the excellent listener who goes by Roamin (roamin.ca) for having drawn my attention to this track by reposting it on Soundcloud.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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