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Buzz on the Moon / Reviews

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Vital Weekly

"Leo Okagawa’s previous release (see Vital Weekly 1076) found him, at least for me, in the realm of noise collage brothers Joe Colley and Francisco Meirino, but with a steadier flow in his material, and not always the harsh cut-up approach. Okagawa seems to sharing a similar interest in obsolete electronics on the verge of breaking down. That’s where he steps in and does his recordings. The cover of his new release also gives away another clue as to how he works and that is “Make sounds degrade by repeating playback”. The recordings he does are highly obscure indeed; field recordings? Dying machinery? Electrical lines? It just isn’t easy to say, but I do like his Alvin Lucier like approach of playing back and forth sounds and use the re-recording process in what I assume different places to alter the sounds.

Okagawa uses the collage approach again and again this is in a more flowing form; when his cuts are more abrupt they are usually followed by something similar and not, as a form of shock value, but something very loud and abrasive. In his compositions however Okagawa takes care of a dynamic approach, going from quiet to loud and back again, over the course of his longer pieces, best exemplified in his ’50 Knots Under The Sea’. All of this degrading of sounds makes that the sound is sometimes a bit muffled, like it has been covered with quite a bit of dust. The music is quite obscure but also captivating."

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