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Harmonic Transference of Porcelain and Water

Naoyuki Sasanami tweaks Tomoko Sauvage's bowls.

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The musician’s experiment is often the listener’s best experience. Free from the anxiety of a final work, the test run is ready to fail and, in the process, to surprise. In addition, the test run by its very nature locates a unique common ground between musician and listener: inexperience. Case in point is “Tomoko Sauvage – Making of a Rainbow (Sasanamix),” a reworking by Naoyuki Sasanami of Tomoko Sauvage’s “Making of a Rainbow.” The original, from the Sauvage album Ombrophilia (2009), is a study in tonal percussive patterns; the album’s brief liner notes list its constituent parts as “water, porcelain bowls, hydrophones, condenser microphones, metal wire and wood spoons.” Sasanami toyed with the “Rainbow” in the process of trying out some new features in the latest edition of the popular music production tool Ableton Live. Here’s Sasanami’s take, which appears to take harmonal components of the original as their own subset to be tweaked:

Sasanami’s was posted for free download at soundcloud.com/naotko. Check out the original (streaming only) at soundcloud.com/tomokosauvage. The above image is a detail of the cover of Ombrophilia, available from tomokosauvage.bandcamp.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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