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Put the ocean in one ear, and fire in the other

January 23, 2008

There’s a preview of the collboration between Christopher Willits and Ryuichi Sakamoto here. Ocean Fire is being released under the name Willits + Sakamoto (which is fair enough) and you’ll be able to put it in your ears on February 12th, when it’s released. Unless you live in Japan, where’s it’s already out, so you could have had it for ages for all I know.

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Why would you want to put it in your ears? Because, based on the evidence of this, here are two artists who know the value of being fractionally incompatible. Even the gentlest sounds should be made to push against something. The same quality of being just enough out of joint is what made Sakamoto’s collaboration with Alva Noto, Insen, such a pleasure.   I know, it’s not as if there aren’t enough sounds for you to live in, but here’s another one.

I’d also recommend opening the link several times and letting the piece argue with itself. Needless to say, this isn’t music to relax to — it’s music to panic to, because you’re lost.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Heather permalink
    January 23, 2008 4:57 pm

    Ryuichi Sakamoto!!!

  2. Put it in your mouth permalink
    January 23, 2008 9:44 pm

    Thanks. Yearnings of an urban somnambulist is a feeling i get from it. Its probably wrong and naughty but i found it rather nice to listen to it whilst watching (or rather listening to) Paul Mccarthys film ‘Painter’ over at Ubuweb.

  3. January 24, 2008 8:02 am

    I’ve tried it and you’re quite right. The music kind of drags against the rhythm of the images.

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