JUTA TAKAHASHI was born in Miyagi, Japan in 1959, and then spent his childhood to teens in Aomori. At his teens, he was strongly influenced by so-called progressive rock and synthesizer music that had been assumed to be avant-garde at that time. He went to Tokyo for going on to school, and his career as a musician started afterward. Though he originally was a guitarist and played rock music like King Crimson's that valued improvisation, he gradually devoted himself to electronic music. He now resides in Sendai, Miyagi and is producing music by using synthesizers and computers as an independent musician. He received the major impact from electronic/ambient musicians, such as Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Vangelis and Pete Namlook, etc. Though his music is basically beautiful, calm, emotional and melodious, aggressive sounds that catch a glimpse of his original background also appear sometimes. Since he prefers analog instruments to digital ones, his works are characterized by the former. His music composition mainly consists of not programming but improvisation. The first commercial album was released in August, 2007, and ten albums have been released at present.
The third album of Juta Takahashi, entitled "Remembrance", has been released in April, 2008. The album contains following three ambient tunes.
(1) DAYDREAM (13'38")
What is the reality, and what is non-reality?
(2) OUTWARD (20'54")
Travel to the outer space.
(3) REMEMBRANCE (17'10")
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
There are beautiful and impressive sounds by analog synthesizers as usual. The album also features string machines and acoustic piano.
Review by Bert Strolenberg at Sonic Immersion (www.sonicimmersion.org):
Juta(ro) Takahashi is a Japanese ambient musician residing in Sendai,Miyagi, who prefers using analogue gear.
"Remembrance" is his third official album, of which the improvised music shows distinct influences of Brian Eno and Harold Budd.
The three extended pieces of 18, 20 and 17 minutes on the cd feature free form and minimal oriented music taking place in the slow lane.
"Daydream" sets out nicely with flowing, uplifting textures and piano improvisation, all creating an overall calming, mesmerizing atmosphere.
"Outward", supposed to travel to outer space, doesn't sound as uplifting and spacious as the title may suggest, beside the fact the slowly unfolding soundscapes could do with a bit more warmth.
The best piece for sure is the closing (title)track, softly moving between melancholy and contemplation, coming close to the spirit of Peter Davidson's "Winds of Space".
This track would sparkle even more with some further production and mastering, as the overall sounds tend to be a bit harsh.
Overall, this slow drifting, peaceful album is for those loving Liquid Mind and alike.
October 6, 2008
All three tunes on this album have started being broadcast by StillStream on October 21, 2008.
Full previews are available at the official website (www.jutatakahashi.com).
Current physical release is CD-R. Just a few left only in CD Baby warehouse.