2007年11月3日土曜日

[014] Morgan Fisher - Water Music


Label: Cherry Red
Catalog#: CDMRED178
Format: CD, Album
Country: UK
Released: 2000

1 Water In The City 6:34
2 Ice Melting 7:41
3 The Great Lakes 11:41
4 After The Rain 6:26
5 We Are All Water 13:24
6 Breathing Rain 5:56
7 On The Brink 8:22
8 We Are All Water (Oceanic Remix) 9:12

Lol Coxhill(ロル・コックスヒル)との共作「Slow Music」、サティ作品集「Inside Satie」、英国実験音楽家の小品を詰め込んだ「Miniatures」、環境ビデオや鈴木大拙記録映画の音楽、自然療法本の付属CDなど、元ロック・グループ出身者でありながら、アンビエントの多面性を感じさせる作品を数多くプロデュースしてきた鍵盤奏者Morgan Fisher(モーガン・フィッシャー)。この「Water Music」は、彼が日本に移り住み、ハンドメイド・スタジオを設立した80年代半ば、わずか2日間で録音されたVeetdharm名義のオリジナル・バージョン4曲に、ボーナストラックとリミックスを加えた拡張版。テープ・ディレイで幾重にも重ねられてゆくシンセサイザーとリリカルなピアノの即興演奏。波一つなく鏡のように静まりかえった湖面。都市に降り注ぐ雨。小さなしずくの滴りから果てしない大海原へ。水が見せる豊かな表情を、潤いに満ちたサウンドで描いた「水アンビエント」の名作です。電子楽器の蒐集家でもあるモーガンは、2004年から現在まで毎月「モーガンのオルガン」という、珍しいヴィンテージ・キーボードを多数使用したソロ演奏会を続けられています。

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Born in London, England, 1st January 1950. Upon leaving high school, Morgan immediately began an active and ongoing international life as a musician. Artists he has played keyboards with include The Love Affair (#1 hit in 1968), Mott the Hoople (produced by David Bowie), Yoko Ono, Queen, and members of R.E.M and Y.M.O. These days he may be called upon to compose stylish TV and film music, create meditation music in a Zen temple, or jam with classic rock and blues bands. He has even played samba in Brazil and world music in China. All his life he has pursued photography as an art, as well as documenting his musical life using still and movie cameras. Since moving to Japan in 1985 he has specialised in and refined his own style of abstract photography, a kind of visual music, or “light painting” involving spontaneous, free movement of the camera and/or the light source. He utilises the finest digital equipment to create his images, which display a depth and subtlety more akin to painting than photography. Equally close to his creative heart are his solo live performances, improvised on a variety of rare vintage and modern keyboards while projecting his light paintings; they are a true synthesis of sound+light – unpredictable, uplifting, and inspiring.

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