Resonant Spaces

by Akio Suzuki

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Tristan Louth-Robins / Garden Ruin These concerts in 2006 (which I read about in The Wire) informed a crucial section of my masters dissertation, when I was finishing it in 2009-10. I'm delighted that I finally can listen to these concerts in full; and not as the little sonic scraps I found floating around the web a decade ago. Akio's a legend and these performances are remarkable poetic explorations of gesture in acoustic space. Highly recommended! I can't wait to receive the physical edition with liner notes. Favorite track: Wormit Reservoir, Fife.
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The work presented here for the very first time is the full documentation of Japanese sound artist and instruments builder Akio Suzuki’s solo works performed as part of ‘Resonant Spaces’, a tour with UK saxophonist John Butcher arranged in 2006 by the Arika organisation.

‘Resonant Spaces’ allowed people to experience sound in some of the remotest regions of Scotland for a series of site-specific performances in natural, prehistoric, manmade and industrial locations including the largest coastal cave in the UK (Smoo Cave), the Wormit reservoir, the largest industrial ice house (Tugnet Ice House), the WWII massive 4 storey, 30m wide cylindrical oil tank located in Lyness, the 2,500 year old - and Scotland’s largest stone circle - Ring of Brodgar, and the Hamilton Mausoleum which has an impressive reverberation decay of 15 seconds!

The fascination for the power of echo and the process of listening in relation to the audience are here magnified to create a very particular bond of rare beauty between the musical creation and nature’s environment.

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released May 17, 2019

The 16pp booklet includes some photos taken by Keiko Yoshida, the tour diary written by Akio Suzuki, released by Bixobal magazine and translated by Alan Cummings, and a text by The Wire journalist Biba Kopf.

The tour was supported by the Scottish Arts Council Lottery Funded, Tune Up, 300 million, NVA, Whiteburn Projects Ltd.

Project coordination and booklet photos by Keiko Yoshida.
Akio Suzuki’s diary translated by Alan Cummings.
Recorded by Ruari Cormack.
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
Designed by Mote Studio, Berlin.
Calligraphy by Akio Suzuki.
Saxophone on track 5 by John Butcher.

Thanks to Arika’s Barry Esson & Bryony McIntyre for making the Resonant Spaces tour possible.

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