A collaborative project by Leo Okagawa and Simon Whetham, 2019.
Leo Okagawa and Simon Whetham met in Tokyo in 2017 after sharing works with each other. They already began discussing some way of collaborating, not simply by sharing sound recordings but in a more conceptual way.
Leo suggested they compose a short piece each, with a concept in mind, and once complete would share the result with the other, but without explaining the concept behind the piece. Once this stage was complete, Simon had the idea to recompose the other's piece, with their own idea of what the concept was. They then shared the works, once again not explaining the concept behind the recomposition.
The works are almost complete, and it's your turn now. As the next step, please try and guess what the concepts are behind the works. The artists are curious to know the listeners' imaginations.
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A totally absorbing album, I love how the subtleties and intricacies grab and hold your attention. Melodies and rhythms weave around drone and noise elements which themselves have great movement. Field recordings add tension, at times there's a mechanical feel yet each song also feels like an unfolding story that you are a part of. Andrulian
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Gum chewing combined with Contrabass hums inside a cave.
A big giant snake that is dreaming with three headed dogs roaring.
Strings and Papers attached to the very center of earth.
And woooods wooodss woooods everywhere
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There's a lovely subtlety at play here, where I can't tell what's looping and what's not. Despite the titles not offering much in the way of explanation, I think there's humor, nostalgia, and great care in this collection. Ned Milligan