OHNO, MATSUO - I SAW THE OUTER LIMITS (CD & 3"CD)


"CD version + Incl. a bonus mini-CD reissue of a rare "Play on Animals (Choju Gigaku)" + Foldout thick paper sleeve. About bonus disc: A miniature reproduction of "Play on Animals (Choju Gigaku)", which has been reissued on 7" + Pressed on a mini-CD (8cm) and packed in a triple foldout sleeve, same style as a original 1970 issue, and is inserted in the EM1098CD sleeve. "I am not interested in sounds that already exist." Thus spoke the esteemed "onkyo designer" Matsuo Ohno, early in his expansive, influential career. This reissue of his stellar 1978 LP "I Saw the Outer Limits" presents him at the peak of his powers, combining his mastery of classic analog tape music techniques (honed to perfection whilst providing sound design for "Astro Boy" and numerous other films and TV programs) with then-state-of-the-art analog synthesizers. This is a true under-recognized classic, a masterfully recorded, massive-sounding poetic construction of unearthly sound, an undulating, breathing behemoth, with Ohno's galaxy moving beyond "sounds that already exist" in search of new sonic spaces. As a youth he was interested in surrealism and philosophy, and was uninfluenced by music and musicians - an exception being the electronic works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, especially his "Gesang der Jünglinge", which inspired him further in his quest to create "unearthly sounds." Other early influences were the film director Fumio Kamei and the dramatist Michio Kato; rather than viewing himself as a musician, and never studying under any masters, Ohno has forged his own path as the original "onkyo sound" artist, defining himself as an "onkyo designer" in the 1960s. His innate independent streak manifested itself early on, when, chafing under creative restrictions and unhappy with the low esteem in which his efforts were viewed by his hierarchical "betters", Ohno left a prestigious post at NHK, Japan's national broadcaster. In 1963 he began his most famed efforts, providing sound design for the legendary Japanese animation series "Astro Boy," with Takehisa Kosugi as his assistant." (label info)
in stock | JP| 2012| EM RECORDS | 23.90


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