Small Melodies (kk005)

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about

Text by Nao Sugimoto

This is the first compilation album from Spekk compiled by the label owner mondii. Each of the artists were asked to compose a track with their interpretations of "small melodies" with Keywords like Warm, tender and calm. It was meant to present diversity of minimal-style music in a peaceful "harmonic" way. And it was a coincidence that both Taylor Deupree & Stephan Mathieu created a track dedicated to their child.

The first half of the album is the more "digital" side and the last half more "analog" side encompassing laptop digital processing to field recording materials (For instance, Naph's track is only made out of frequencies within the wind/air) to band oriented materials.

Participants delivers these great pieces of music from various continents including USA, Sweden, France, Germany, Australia and Japan showing slight relationships between each other which kind of gives us a warm feeling of unity within this ongoing global minimalist scene. It was also my intention to present that nowadays, there are not much differences between the outputs from more digital background artists and more band oriented musicians due to their methods of composing (technology) and interests and such. Evidently, more and more rock labels will release digital processed music and bands will use digital softwares, electronic artists will become more aware of small sounds and warmth of the nature. I take this positive!

SPEKKからの新譜は、「小さなメロディー」をテーマに、世界中の人気アーティストに楽曲を依頼した、まるで雪の結晶のような美しい作品。全編を通して穏やかな空気が流れる、優しいアルバムです!

本作は、世界のこの手の音楽家の中でも特に「わびさび」を感じるアーティストを選び、 small melodiesをテーマにオリジナル楽曲の制作を依頼した作品。アーティストによる解釈/手法の違いなどが楽しめることはもちろん、各アーティストに「穏やか」「暖かい」などのキーワードも伝えているだけに統一感も見事です。  

また本作は、デジタル要素の高い楽曲が並ぶ前半と、楽器などのアナログサウンドに比重を置いた後半の2部構成となっており、偶然にもテイラー・デュプリーとステファン・マシューは2人とも自分の子供に捧げたトラックで登場!「ミニマル」な音楽がすっかり定着した現在、もはやその言葉を意識するまでもなく、ここにあるのは本質的に素敵な響きを奏でる職人達のドキュメントです。構想から編集に至るまで2年、ボツにしたトラック多数、さらにマスタリングも何度もやり直してるだけあって、 捨て曲がなく流れも良い、美しすぎる名作です!全曲このコンピのためだけに作られた14組による計64分!!

credits

released October 18, 2005

1.my electric laddy land - Ultra Milkmaids
produced by y.r.
www.ultra-milkmaids.com

2.for a pulse or two - Sogar
produced by jurgen heckel sogar@noos.fr

3.sunnyside suns & sounds - Tomoyoshi Date
produced by tomoyoshi date
additional sounds by chihei hatakeyama datetomoyoshi@hotmail.com

4.for nicholas - Taylor Deupree
produced by taylor deupree
published by 12kmusic taylor@12k.com

5.the latter - Hervé Boghossian
produced by herve boghossian hboghossian@list-en.com

6.film - Aen
produced by aen commune@mpd.biglobe.ne.jp

7.village - Naph
produced by toru ohara ohara@naph.name

8.star skid - Tape
produced by andreas berthling, johan berthling, tomas hallonsten johan@hapna.com

9.thirsty boots - Oren Ambarchi
produced by oren ambarchi
published by touch music info@orenambarchi.com

10.beautiful losers - Fenton
produced by dan abrams fenton@superbaka.com

11.finale - RdL
produced by mondii & toru ohara
additional sounds by uison, shota inaba, keiichi sugimoto nao@spekk.net

12.inside/outside - Anderegg
produced by brendon anderegg

13.between - mondii
produced by mondii nao@spekk.net

14.small melody (für richard) - Stephan Mathieu
produced by stephan mathieu
published by freibank
www.bitsteam.de

mastered by zengyo
compiled and artwork by mondii

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Independent record company based in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2005, we have released over 250 fresh music from all over the world from our in-house labels, SPEKK, the ETHNORTH GALLERY, Panai, kaico, Lantern, Wonderyou, Kurage, Happy Prince, Fennely, Primo, Moamoo and more.

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