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Music for kō

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Hatis Noit Fernweh 10:31
Masayoshi Fujita Led by a Blue Bird into the Mountain 06:53
Daniel Thorne Under Waves, Ascending 10:45
Rival Consoles Outline of a Distant Memory 06:36
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Erased Tapes compilation titled Music for kō out April 1, 2022 features tracks from Hatis Noit, Masayohi Fujita, Rival Consoles and Daniel Thorne.

Japanese voice artist Hatis Noit returns with explorative new single Fernweh as a precursor for an Erased Tapes compilation titled Music for kō coming out on April 1.

Fernweh is a hymn for imaginary travel, allowing the music to take you on a journey. This self-produced piece, sung in a universal wordless language, sees Hatis Noit transcend boundaries through eerie, atmospheric sound explorations. Its German title, meaning a longing for exploring faraway places, captures the artist’s headspace at the time of recording.

The track is the opening piece to an upcoming Erased Tapes compilation featuring Rival Consoles, Masayoshi Fujita and Daniel Thorne, originally commissioned by Folie À Plusieurs in partnership with the Noguchi Museum in New York.

 

“During the third UK lockdown in early 2021 I finally challenged myself to self-produce a whole song, which I hadn’t done before. Before, I wanted to focus on just using my voice rather than making music sitting in front of a computer, but the situation of lockdown challenged me to go on this new journey. Whilst making the piece, I felt a sense of missing going on physical journeys, and that sense of wonder that comes with travelling. So the song turned out to be a collage of memories of journeys I had so far as well as imaginary journeys I might have in the future. The whole process of making this healed the painful feeling of Fernweh for me somehow, and I hope it might have the same effect on others.”
— Hatis Noit

 

The second piece is by Japanese composer, vibraphonist and percussionist Masayoshi Fujita, titled Led by a Blue Bird into the Mountain. Fujita's contribution acts as an extension of his 2021 album Bird Ambience, painting the impression of a creature leading the listener along their journey. 

"I had the image of a blue bird like a parrot from the beginning. Maybe it was inspired by the colour of the incense sticks I received for this project. The blue bird appears in my latest album Bird Ambience too, and there is a connection between this song and that album” – Masayoshi Fujita

UK-based Australian composer and saxophonist Daniel Thorne contributed the emotive soundscape of Under Waves, Ascending.

"While burning the incense, I found myself hypnotised by the rising trails of smoke and the way that they moved and expanded like waves. This led to an abstract concept whereby I tried to imagine what it might feel like to look up at waves from underneath them — I think it would feel as though you were falling, regardless of whether or not you were actually moving. I wanted to play with the concepts of movement and stasis, blurring the lines between the two to create a piece where it was hard to pinpoint which parts were moving and which were not, all the while trying to replicate the gesture of these rising waves” – Daniel Thorne

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Design by Robert Raths
Photographs by Jérôme FavreÖzge Cöne and Alex Kozobolis