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.
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.