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Scope


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  • Audio CD (28 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B00000JCD2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On A Balloon
2. Kepler
3. Taw
4. Icefall
5. Tiddler

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is a truly strange thing. It is the strangest CD I have ever heard. Its relentless strangeness is breathtaking to behold. 'On a balloon' is long and repetitive and sends you into a trance. 'Kepler' is Japanese Xylophone Trance(tm). It is long and repetitive and completely beautiful. 'Taw' is horrible and painful and completely inappropriate. 'Icefall' is a track made up entirely of CD skips. It is long and very very repetitive and sends you into a trance. 'Tiddler' IS the music from the end of a cheap SNES game. This album is in places so sublime it is ridiculous. If you are the kind of person who likes to climb underneath a duvet with a CD Walkman, I recommend this album. It makes you wonder how much modern culture you are missing.
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i recently bought this after deciding to take a chance based on the other amazon review + can confirm that "scope " is indeed strange for most non-electronica fans not used to click, glitch or more experimental minimal textures from other luminaries such as alva noto,GAS,farben, four tet or the mille plateaux label roster of artists such as ADF/dlay for instance.

what Takemura produced with "Scope" (way back from 1996-98) and to a lesser extant with his 2003 "Assembler 1/2" release -is mostly an oddly soothing, yes almost Zen like sense of digital click repetition music that proves arresting,often beautiful + utterly contemporary - stripped of much that traditional music lovers would recognise as "music" at all. earlier music influences undoubtedly derive from drone, trance repetition techniques using only electronic based sources. US minimalist + avante-garde composers Steve Reich + John Cage openly used eastern + african repetitive rhyhthms in their works : "come out" by Reich in 1966 or "his music for mallet instruments" being notable examples. however Takemura arguably produces more rewarding music on Scope" perhaps closer to the spiritual source that the US masters.

recommended for open minded music fans seeking experimental electronica : contemporary + oddly soothing.not all great all the time -but probably worth it for "kepler" alone - which is stunning.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The new psychedelia 28 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Nobukazu Takemura takes the listener on a fascinating, hypnotic journey through a strange off-world composed of micro events and digital errors. I read an interview where Takemura spoke of the randomizer program he used to assemble "Scope". I was reminded of George Martin's instructions to Geoff Emerick during the Beatles "Sgt Pepper" sessions, to take a recording of fairground calliopes, cut the tape into varying lengths, toss into the air and then reassemble at random the scattered pieces. The result: the maddening swirl at the climax of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite". In my opinion, psychedelia isn't some folksinger strumming a guitar and singing nonsense about gnomes to the accompanying drone of a battered farfisa or wheezing mellotron. The new psychedelia can be found in the work of bands like Oval ("dok"), Microstoria ("snd"), Main ("firmament"), Otasco ("new maps of time") and Stars of the Lid ("per aspera ad astra").
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The best use of stereo ever. Yes, I do mean ever. 27 Dec 1999
By N Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Japanese dj/producer has created his finest and most mature release to date with Scope. I was disabled by the numbing beauty and wonder that I experienced by listening to this record. six and a half minutes into the first track, takemura has placed an incredible section of stereophonic noise. it seriously changed my entire view of music in general, especially that which is made by electronic means.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Makes me feel dizzy and seasick 10 May 2000
By Brynjolfur Erlingsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music on this album is certainly very innovative and original, but that isn't always enough. I like his softer more melodic side like in 'tiddler' and 'kepler'. 'Icefall'is a very innovative song...I've never heard anything like it in my life...I love the style and the incredible wall of sound and CD skipping...it sounds like your CD player has taken some electronic LSD and started to make his own music out of your Aphex Twin CD's. It makes me feel very dizzy though and it's the only music I know of that can actually make me seasick.
Very strange and recommended only for pure electro-geeks.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, Engaging Art 14 Dec 1999
By J. Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The disjointed animated sounds on this CD remind me more of a first rate modern art exhibit than a 40 minute CD. However, since I rate 1st rate modern art exhibits much higher than CD's that's a very good thing. All the tracks are different and display that uniquely Japanese trait of finding beauty through simplicity, space and seeming disharmony. This is wonderful. The world may be looking back 100 years from now and pointing to this as one of the finest examples of fine arts of any kind.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Machine music with heart 27 Dec 2004
By Rinchen Choesang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Nobukazu Takemura is clearly a prodigious talent, if this CD is an true indication of his abilities. I find this kind of 'deconstructionist' music fascinating anyway, but this is a rivetting example of this genre.

- 'on a balloon' - opening synth 'theme' is like an electronic lighthouse signal, warning us to avoid being wrecked on the rocks of the stark and bleepy minimalism to follow. While it didn't grab other reviewers, it certainly has me drooling for more
- 'kepler' - more approachable, with its insistent rhythms and synth throbs and bleeps, this is a fabulous foil to the first track. The track has an almost Steve Reich-like drive to it in parts. Captivating!
- 'taw' - here we are back to the less safe ground of synth bleeps and squelches. this track has a cheeky ambience that is very engaging - machine music with food for the head and heart
- 'icefall' - radiant and almost catchy, this is a welcome return to the warmer 'kepler' style, while it manages to also maintain an almost industrial starkness. A glitch track that stands tall with the best of that genre
- 'tiddler' - carnival-like tune cleverly deconstructed to finally become a stark synth-chord ending

Avoid this album if you want tunes that stick in your head, or background music. Buy it if you love innovative and emotionally centred electronica that tickles the cerebral cortex and releases floods of endorphins, bringing a wry smile to your face and a warm and blissful buzz to your body and soul.
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