artist: Tetsuya Hori
cover art: Christian Weber / foto: Sergio Falconi-Parker
general: naivsuper NASU 012
music by Tetsuya Hori
recorded in 2006 and 2007
released by naivsuper
p + c 2008 naivsuper & Tetsuya Hori
all rights reserved
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01 16:04 for beer bottle and laptop // 02 19:52 for glass of water and laptop // 03 17:37 for flute* and laptop
* flute by Ryoko Sakurai
"My compositions have no concept. That's my concept. I just see them as a tool that stirs up the minds or consciousness of the people listening. I've never felt that a performer did injustice to my pieces, for a composition only comes to life in the particular context, the combination of the performer and the atmosphere of the public. I like to compose not only for instruments, but for "things" as well. Sound of things can be surprising, especially their artificial sound. For example, without looking, one would never guess that my tapping and dragging fingers across the surface of a cigar box that is connected to a laptop for what it is." (Tetsuya Hori)
Taken as a whole, the three pieces here, "for beer bottle and laptop", "for glass of water and laptop" and "for flute and laptop" progress from the barely audible, to the silent, through to a comparatively louder resolution that is almost whimsical.
Through the use of mundane objects in concert with their proximity to the laptop, Hori uses technology to explore the innate sounds of things we take for granted, glass, for instance. It is also significant that one of the pieces involves a flute, as if Hori is trying to compare and contrast just what can been seen as a musical instrument, and what has musicality in its own right. In either case, the sounds produced are quiet, droning and airy.
Tetsuya Hori´s approach is gentle, as if he is merely an observer of his own work. These three meditations work as experiments as well as statements; there is a lot of room for the listener´s projection on them. They may, at the very least, make you want to try and hammer out a tune on your next glass of beer.
In the space given to exploring the tones of such unusual but everyday objects, "For Beer Bottle and Laptop" reminds us of the voices that are with us in the living room or the kitchen, waiting to be heard. 7/10 (Mike Wood / 13 August, 2008)