Wednesday, 13 February 2008

CRAZY MOON (incredibly strange musick)


Original Issue: 1998 Celestial Harmonies (19004-2) Buy it!

Margot-meter: ??? moons / 5

1 Pachinko In Your Head

Recorded at Aladdin Pachinko Parlour, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
HATE it or LOVE it! but, in any case, PLAY IT LOUD!!! o)))

from Celestial Harmonies:

Pachinko in Your Head is the latest groundbreaking industrial avant garde recording produced and recorded in Tokyo by Eckart Rahn.


Having said that, it should come as no surprise, really, that Rahn introduces yet another pioneering recording, however, industrial in this case. Fascinated with the chaos theory (seemingly random events) which when encountered in very large numbers establish a new order of predictability if not beauty and symmetry. Everyone can relate to the sound of raindrops hitting a tin roof and in that sound a pattern - or rhythm - seems to emerge.

When you listen to this recording, you hear the natural sound of a multitude of steel balls working their way through a number of Pachinko machines. Pachinko is Japan's most popular pinball game. It is estimated that some 10 million Japanese play the game regularly in parlors, some of which contain several thousand machines. When there are 1000–2000 machines operating simultaneously, there could be somewhere near one million balls in circulation. Coupled with the multitude of electronic sounds emanating from these machines, their addition at times creates an almost continuous sound. La Monte Young tells the story of how he listened as a boy to the whirring of overhead telegraph lines in his boyhood home in rural Idaho and how somehow an imaginary rhythm seemed to emerge from the slight variations of the continuous sound. Many believe that this experience led to the musical form referred to as minimalism which is, after all, based on the idea of seemingly endless repetition of ever–changing miniature patterns.

In Pachinko In Your Head, an imaginary rhythm appears to be emerging from the chaos of interfering sounds, sometimes when concentrating, but occasionally only when not concentrating. This groundbreaking recording challenges all listeners to discern for themselves the presence of such rhythmic patterns and suggests that chaos also applies to art and time and music in their various unknown ways.


Margot said...
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Anonymous said...

Hey Margot,
really really weird stuff!
Listened to it at full volume...a mind blowing experience!

Thank you for this gem!

Anonymous said...

Dear Margot,

Believe it or not, this was the way I originally found your blog and joined your mailing list - many moons ago.

I missed the expiry date for the link and have never seen another. This one doesn't appear to be available, even here in Japan.

So -- pretty please -- is there any chance of your reposting this?