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Minima Moralia Import

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  • Audio CD (20 Feb. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Kranky Records
  • ASIN: B000E8NQLI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bonfire On The Field
2. Swaying Curtain In The Window
3. Starlight Reflecting On The Surface Of The River
4. Towards A Tranquil Marsh
5. Granular Haze
6. Inside Of The Pocket
7. Beside A Well

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nelkin on 28 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is very tranquil, relaxing, ambient music from the same label (Kranky) that brought us acts like Stars of the Lid and Loscil. The music on this album sounds rather similar to those artists, though I would say that here there is a little more emphasis on melody. Not the kind of melody that demands your attention, of course; rather, wispy splinter-like fragments of tune that drift in and out of the music without ever taking it over.

The contrast between these splinters of melody and the ever-present underlying drone makes for an interesting multi-layered listening experience; this contrast is also underlined by the intelligent use of acoustic instruments throughout. Most of the melodic parts, in fact, are played on an acoustic guitar, and there is even a brief appearance of a saxophone on one track.

It's better not to concentrate too much on individual tracks. Like all good ambient music, this album works best when you don't pay too much attention to it -- just let it blend into a seamless whole in the background of your consciousness.

All in all, a very light and fresh-sounding piece of work. Perfect as a discreet soundtrack for bright sunny afternoons. If you already know you like the artists mentioned above, and others like them, then I'm quite sure you won't regret giving this a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Pledger on 24 May 2009
Format: MP3 Download
Top notch stuff, unexpected on the Kranky label.
Atmospheric drone, lightweight 'glitch' - heard courtesy of connection to 12K
New release is imminent, and I look forward to it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful electro-acoustic meanderings 22 Feb. 2006
By somethingexcellent - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Is it possible to have too much "____" music? I often ask myself this question as I look through my CD collection and try to decide if I need to get rid of anything. Many times, I scan across CD after CD of ambient music and that question lingers. After all, ambient music isn't engaging in the ways that other releases are, but I find myself keeping huge amounts of ambient releases anyway, as if I'm waiting for the time when I'll need to go on a two month beatless bender.

The truth is that I've thought about why a person needs so much ambient music often, and I've come to the conclusion that it's because the pace of the world has sped up so much that I increasingly need moments where soothing ambience is there to clear my head just a bit. Despite not being as directly engaging as something with a forthright beat, there is a wide scope of ambient music, and those finely tuned moods seem to be needed (to me at least) to match up with my variety of come-down periods.

Now that I've gone and derailed a bit, I should just go ahead and say that Chihei Hatakeyama is the newest artist on the Kranky label. In addition to being a member of the electro-acoustic trio Opitope, he has been experimenting with similar sounding work on his own for some time before releasing this, his debut album. Although he relies heavily on processing on the release, it's different in the work of many artists in that all the sounds were created from organic means such as electric and acoustic guitar and vibraphone. It's this small detail that gives the album a warm and soothing feel, and his evocative song titles suggest little moments in the day that he's seemingly tried to capture in sound.

"Bonfire On The Field" opens the release with hushed crystalline tones that flutter and flourish into a sustained wash while "Swaying Curtain In The Window" opens with more overlapping tones before cascading guitar notes fall over one another before dissolving into a warm haze. On "Towards A Tranquil Marsh" and "Inside Of The Pocket," warm acoustic guitar and micro electronic pulses are joined by violin from Masahiro Kobayashi and the results are even more stunning. Basically, if you're one of those people who can't seem to get enough ambient music, Minima Moralia is going to be a release that you'll want to hunt down. Along with Brian McBride's When The Detail Lost It's Freedom, Christopher Bissonette's Periphery and Windy & Carl's The Dream House, Kranky has been on a roll this past year with great minimal ambient releases.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
MARK TEPPO's REVIEW 23 Feb. 2006
By Pietro Da Sacco - Published on
Format: Audio CD

(02.23.06) Chihei Hatakeyama evokes a purity of sound on Minima Moralia, his first release for Kranky. In keeping with the label's recent trend towards drones and minimalism, Hatakeyama's record is a series of velvety sonic landscapes, broad washes of processed tones and elongated chimes. Sourced from guitar and vibraphone, the music is stretched flat via laptop processing and then spread out until it is so thin that it becomes vaporous.

"Bonfire on the Field," at over eight minutes in length, spends more than six of that simply rising from silence. Only in the last two minutes does a light rustling of sound creep out of the drone tone as if a slow dawn has finally cast enough light on a field to warm a dead fire. Hatakeyama's titles, in a manner unusual these days in electronic music, actually evoke a sense of the music. "Swaying Curtain in the Window," filled with diaphanous tones, twinkles with tiny motes of melody like sunlight winking through the gentle motion of a curtain. As more of a breeze kicks up the curtain, the melodies become more realized, transforming from light vibraphone notes to flowing runs on an acoustic guitar. "Sunlight Reflecting On The Surface Of The River" is dappled with tiny reverb, miniscule elements of back-masking and hitched glitch that echo across the sparkling tones.

"Towards a Tranquil Marsh" clicks with the circadian buzz of small insects and glittering lightning bugs before the tones evolve into melodies of guitar and violin; while "Granular Haze" undulates like a ribbon of smoke through a crisp winter sky where it chases distant chimes and is, in turn, pursued by the soft rumble of atmospheric pressure ridges. "Inside Of The Pocket" is a more personalized rendition of "Towards a Tranquil Marsh." Guitar and violin work together again but the gritty noises and hiss of animal life is more immediate. It is only in "Beside A Well" that Hatakeyama ventures into static and detritus as his long waves disintegrate into hissing noise.

I may have poor acoustics or just crappy speakers on the home system, but Minima Moralia didn't really move me until I listened to it on headphones. In an isolated environment, the sonic depths opened up and the ambience became pervasive and enfolding. Hatakeyama's efforts came alive when I fell into them. They are spaces where I drifted quite happily.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very good experimental ambient 19 Oct. 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Snippets of sounds from accoustic instruments are processed and arranged without melody or rhythm. Where other ambient artists go for the slowing down via half-speed tape players of computers, this artist cuts them into fragments and seems to let a breeze blow them into their own organic arrangements like electronic wind chimes. Very good.
Relaxed Novelty for a exponential world 19 Jun. 2008
By J. Peterson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album just tends toward more novelty and destructive creativeness than can be expressed, but I shall try. In tearing apart the real one feels presented with a temporary autonomus zone of stillness, yet an organic growing sort. This recording just glimmers with possibility and awareness. A very freeform expression of a sense of solitude or personal happiness. This music just turns the mind on in so many ways. I hear so many variations from listening from day to day, or just hear things I did not hear upon first listen.
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