Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Glass Vinyl 黑膠 (Sold Out ☹)

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Glass Vinyl 黑膠 (Sold Out ☹)


Album: Glass

Artist: Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto 坂本龍一

Genre: Experimental 

Format: Vinyl 黑膠 (Clear)

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睽違七年,德國電子音樂家 Alva Noto 與坂本龍一 (Ryuichi Sakamoto) 兩位大師終於進行第七次合作,推出現場專輯《Glass》,收錄一場橫跨音樂、建築及藝術的即興演奏!

2016年9月1日,Alva Noto 與坂本教授於已故美國建築師 Philip Johnson 的著名作品「The Glass House」進行了一場不公開的即興演奏,以屋內的生活器具、各種敲擊樂器、合成器、指尖、空氣、甚至整間玻璃屋,創作充滿空靈感覺的音樂。坂本教授說,當他被邀請到 The Glass House 演出時,腦袋立即浮現要將玻璃屋變成樂器,要做一次充滿音樂性的即興演出,融合自然和人造物。

被公認為「建築界的諾貝爾奬」的普立茲克建築獎 (Pritzker Architecture Prize),第一屆得獎作品正是這間 The Glass House,這次演出特意紀念 Philip Johnson 的110歲冥壽,適逢草間彌生在 The Glass House 進行展覽,以紅色圓點覆蓋玻璃屋,融合成為作品「Infinity Room」。

一年後,Alva Noto 與坂本教授決定為這場演奏推出專輯《Glass》,封面採用 The Glass House 的設計平面圖,同時公開現場錄製的影像片段,使這場傳奇性的跨領域合作得以面世!

"There are few locations more emblematic of contemplative modern aesthetic than Philip Johnson's 1949 residence, a transparent box stripped of much beyond its focused proportions and structure. And that seems a fitting location for the exposed materials of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto." CDM

GLASS is a recording of an inspired live improvisation by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto at the architect Philip Johnson's hallowed Glass House, in the bucolic setting of New Canaan, Connecticut. The structure's transparency and seamless continuity with nature was given another dimension by the addition of this performance, whereby the building, location and audio coalesced into one perfect, harmonious whole.

Stylish, stunning and elegantly minimal, the duo's architectural sound design evokes and synergizes with the space creatively, acoustically and literally - by using the building's fabric as an instrument. This is the sound of glass and of glistening condensation. Pristinely fresh audio stratus float amorphously by, unfurling from a meditative calm into an evocation of sparkling wonder, like a baby observing raindrops on a nocturnal window for the first time.

Although the work is largely tonal, textural and spatial, fleeting moments of melody appear towards the end, which despite their scarceness, achieve a profoundly moving effect.

Built between 1949 and 1995 by feted architect Philip Johnson and exemplifying modern architecture and the International Style, The Glass House hosted this site-specific event. It was commissioned by Curator and Collections Manager Irene Shum, who recalls the experience:

"The emotional drama of the forty-five minute performance was echoed in the natural environment. A sudden rain storm forced the evening's guests into The Glass House at the start. During the performance, the storm cleared into a dramatic red and pink sunset and concluded in nightfall."

This intimate evening brought Ryuichi and Carsten back together for their first live collaboration since Sakamoto's cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2014. Prior to that, Nicolai and Sakamoto had worked together on and off since 2002, releasing 6 albums as a duo.

Live Performance Video

Design Origin: Germany, Japan

images from Jasper Berbaum, Matthew Placek, Noton N044

Performance by Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto
Film by Derrick Belcham
Organized by Irene Shum