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Voyage

by Takashi Suzuki

The spiritual voyage after death and the reincarnation.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Hiroshima Eternal
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13:14 album only
2. The Beginning
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7:10 album only
3. The Unknown Sight
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6:43 album only
4. Seeking for the Light
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7:37 album only
5. Following the Guiding Light
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6. The Knowing
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5:16 album only
7. Knowing to Return
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8. Following the Guiding Bells
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
RESONANCE : Awarded ' Best Ambient Album' 2011 ZMR Music Award, USA
CYCLE : Nominated for 'Best Relaxation / Meditation Album' and 'Best Ambient Album' 2012 ZMR Music Award, USA

Interested in Taoism and spiritualism. Lives and works in Hiroshima Japan as an artist and Musician.


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Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
Ray of the dawn scatters sleep
And fear disappears like a shadow.
This strong electronic music captures the listener from the very beginning because it comes from the bottom of the artist’s heart. You leave your habitual room and start the unusual journey. Its uncommonness is that it is a spiritual voyage. You are able to feel your inner self with all your true desires and yearnings, to realize the endlessness of the surrounded world and the space within you. This music helps to break the shell from the physical world in order to feel the spiritual world which is multidimensional.
The artist wrote: “…the album is neither about the event [the Hiroshima atomic bomb tragedy] nor propaganda against the nuclear weapon. It is my imaginary story of someone who died in the event and is going through the unknown spiritual world.” These words beautifully describe the music of the album. Each of its compositions is like a painted picture, it has completeness and smoothly flows into the next one.
Takashi Suzuki is a perfect composer. His music has a healing feature and inspires contemplation. It is easy to be in harmony with your emotional experiences while listening to “Voyage”. Moreover, this music assists to strengthen the spirit and cures the tired heart. It has its own very special flavor.
Listen to “Voyage” without fail. This trip will not be an idle stroll, it will allow you to experience another world that is the reality itself.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Voyage - Hiroshima Eternal" is the third release from artist/sculptor/architect/electronic musician/composer Takashi Suzuki. Born and currently residing in Hiroshima, Japan, Suzuki designed a monument for Edmund Blunden’s poem, “A Song for August 6th, 1949,” which won first place in a competition in 1975 and stands in the garden of The Hiroshima Central Library. The sculpture features the words to the poem in both English and Japanese and is still a stunning and moving tribute to the spirit and resilience of the city and its people following one of the darkest days of modern history. Despite the title, the music composed for this album is neither a memorial nor a protest against nuclear weapons. It is Suzuki’s imaginary story of someone who died in the event and then journeys through the unknown spiritual world. The eight tracks and their titles are the imagined stages of the journey, ending with reincarnation and a new life.

It is interesting to note that Suzuki composes his music in a similar manner to creating his visual artwork, finishing one piece before moving to the next and allowing the previous work to influence the new work. This gives his music a linear quality and continuity that is its own evolution. Very minimal as well as ambient, the music has a dark, soulful quality that is sometimes mysterious or mournful and sometimes a bit lighter and more hopeful (but not joyous). The mood lightens gradually as the journey progresses and the spirit finds its way and discovers its purpose. Created with synths, the instrumentation includes ethereal and atmospheric sounds, strings, voices, bells, light percussion, and other sounds without any specific cultural reference. As with Suzuki’s previous releases, the sound quality is full and rich. "Resonance," his debut, received the 2011 Best Ambient Album award from Zone Music Reporter, and "Cycle" was nominated as the Best Relaxation/Meditation Album and Best Ambient Album for 2012 by the same organization. I would fully expect similar acclaim for "Voyage," another extraordinary musical experience from this fascinating artist.

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Not only is Hiroshima the place of residence for Takashi Suzuki as well as the site of a notorious historic event, but it also the creative impetus for Suzuki's latest work, resulting in an album that is among the highest order of synthesizer music.

Neither Hiroshima itself nor its implications are the focus of the CD. Rather, Suzuki uses Hiroshima as a jumping-off point to explore the journey of an imagined soul after the end of its corporeal life in a real catastrophe. Suzuki has basically created the soundtrack for that conceit.

And what a soundtrack it is!

All the sounds on the disc are generated entirely by Suzuki's synthesizers, which is easy to forget because this is as far from sounding like electronic music as you can get. In fact, the music is very orchestral, but in a more solemn, heartfelt--rather than full-bore, bombastic---manner. Think searching, penetrating horns and strings.

Also telling is the fact that this is Suzuki's first international CD release to feature tracks with separate, distinct titles, furthering the effect of a story with a unique theme unfolding.

This is a bold musical statement from a visionary, continually evolving artist.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
“Voyage” is the third release from Japanese musician/ painter/ sculptor/ architect Takashi Suzuki following his critically acclaimed and award nominated “Cycle” CD, and his debut album, “Resonance,” which was named “Best Ambient Album” in the 2012 ZMR Awards. His music has been well received and he has developed a compositional style that bears resemblance to his minimalist painting style. “Voyage” exudes a Zen-like serene spaciousness. From the monochromatic cover art to the sparse uncluttered graphics, everything about this release is ultimately ambient. On the inside, a poem that pays tribute to the spirit of his home city of Hiroshima. The album references the tragic event that happened there in 1945 from the imaginary perspective of someone who died in the bombing and is making a transition through the unknown spiritual world and the realizations that come at the end.

The expansive soundscapes drift from track to track maintaining a homogeneous vibe through out. There is a sense of continuity that flows from one song to the next carried by Takashi’s signature style that is more about texture than melody. What I wrote about his “Cycle” CD is equally true for “Voyage:” “Following in the comparison to Zen, the music is more about ‘being’ than ‘doing.’ Synthesizers provide the medium he creates his ‘ambient tone poems’ with. The waves and washes of sound can best be described as floating, dreamy, and atmospheric and lend themselves to meditative states and quiet reflection.” Comparisons have been made to Takashi’s music and that of Brian Eno’s early ambient albums, Steve Roach’s “Structures from Silence,” and particularly the “Liquid Mind “series. I feel that there has been an evolution in Takashi Suzuki’s music with each successive album he has released. For me, “Voyage” is his best work so far. Given the critical and popular success his music has enjoyed, I’m sure that this album will appeal to his listeners as much or more.
To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com