A rainy Sunday evening in October last year we had the huge honour to host a deep conversation with the great Japanese master Yasuaki Shimizu. The evening ended with a mindblowing Listening Session from Spencer Doran of Visible Cloaks, a session that still resonates clearly in our memory and we wish many more would have experienced.
On the second of November, we are absolutely thrilled to present another very special visit from the Portland duo Visible Cloaks, this time LIVE together with two other Japanese masters, Yoshio Ojima & Sastuki Shibano.
Yoshio Ojima began his career as a composer of environmental and ambient music, with a particular interest, and optimism, in the possibilities of generative software. His compositional pursuit of human synthesis with computerized forms was realized in its fullest potential alongside Satsuki Shibano, a pianist renowned for her interpretations of Erik Satie and Claude Debussy. Together, they were among a handful of influential Japanese artists whose innovations still resonate, if not more vibrantly than ever, well beyond the tightly-knit scene’s original core.
As Visible Cloaks, Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile have developed their own set of creative strategies that form an aesthetic fuse point between human intention, aleatoric composition, and improvisation. These are notions most recently reflected in 2017’s Reassemblage and Lex.
Recorded in Tokyo, Japan at Sounduno Studios in December 2017 at the tail end of Visible Cloaks’ first Japanese tour, serenitatem is a marvelously sharp record, its sutures between human and machine virtually impossible to find but suggested everywhere you turn. Both musically and conceptually inseparable from the technology that made it possible, this collaboration is a synthesis of artistic visions, technological sophistication, futurist ambition, and, occasionally, ancient polyphony.
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