2009年1月10日土曜日

[308] Robert Haigh - Written On Water


Label: Crouton
Catalog#: crou042
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2008
DISCOGS

1 Over Land 4:13

2 Interior Device 2:40
3 Written On Water 6:26
4 Ten Form 5:33
5 Persistence Of Memory 4:13
6 New Harmony 4:39
7 Eight Form 5:15
8 Orbits 5:37
9 Untitled 3:12

海底に沈んだ家具への鎮魂歌、もしくは青白い鬼火のミニマリズム。レタープレスされた手製の白いジャケット、四方の角を紙の額縁で留められた海のカラー写真がとても美しく、「はかなく消える/忘れられてしまう」という意味のタイトルも、音の世界観をよく表していると思います。Robert Haigh(ロバート・ヘイ)は、FoteやSema名義での実験ノイズ作、Omni Trio名義でのドラムンベース作など、多彩な音楽性をもつピアニスト。活動の主軸には本作のような、サティやドビュッシーに影響を受けたうつろなピアノ作品が数作あります。往年のミニマル作曲家を思わせる冷ややかで淡々としたミニマル
ピアノ#1 "Over Land" から始まり、曇り硝子や薄汚れた鏡を通して眺めているような不鮮明な影像を描く#5 "Persistence Of Memory" や #6 "New Harmony" が秀逸で、既にアンビエントの古典としての風格を漂わせています。


bio.

In the early '80s, Robert Haigh released a handful of recordings under his own name, as well as the monikers Sema, Fote, and Truth Club. His atmospheric piano, guitar and sound arrangements were in a class of their own, but ranked among the quality level of other experimentalists such as Nurse With Wound, Current 93, and The Hafler Trio (coincidentally with whom he also collaborated). These recordings quickly developed a cult following and even today are scarce, some fetching high prices on the collector's market. Haigh departed this work in the '90s, moving into an entirely different sound under the moniker Omni Trio. Signing with the esteemed electronic label Moving Shadow, Haigh became highly regarded as one of the originators of drum and bass music, although his style during this time continued to reflect his use of fluid melody and space. And now, Crouton is absolutely delighted to present his newest work, Written On Water. Within these songs, listeners will hear nods to the distinct melodicism of his early Valentine Out of Season-era solo piano work, while also referencing like-minded composers such as Eric Satie, Steve Reich, and Harold Budd. Gone are the drum machines of his '90s work, yet this new music is as much about rhythm as it is about melody. 

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