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 first album of JUTA TAKAHASHI, "Across the Flow" contains following three ambient tunes.
1. Across the Flow (14'54") ----- Fly high on the wind.
2. Synthetic Rainbox (17'16") ----- Synthetic rainsong with Moog thunder.
3. Evensong (20'50") ----- An evening soundscape.
Review by Bert Strolenberg at Sonic Immersion (www.sonicimmersion.org):
What I got here is the debut album by Japanese ambient composer Juta(ro) Takahashi, who only applies analogue synthesizers.
The three lengthy pieces found "Across the Flow" come down to smooth soaring and drifting textures and some piano on the opening (title) track. This freeform music carries on in a minimal, serene style, while maintaining a lush, transparent sound design. The 17-minute "Synthetic Rainbox" floats along as well, but also contains a solo voice showing up occasionally that gets a bit too prominent in the track’s second half." On "Evensong", wide and overall lush spaces take off, with improvised solos (that again could have sounded a tad warmer) hovering over it. It lasts a bit too long though and, combined with the minimal sound design, left a sort of weary feel.
Still, "Across the Flow" as a whole is not a bad effort for a debut, just lacking some compositional structure along being rather edgy when it comes to mastering and production.
August 12, 2013
'Synthetic Rainbox' keeps being broadcast by Drone Zone on SomaFM since August 29, 2007.
All three tunes on this album have started being broadcast by StillStream on September 29, 2008.
Full previews are available at the official website (www.jutatakahashi.com).
Physical release is SOLD OUT. There is no plan for physical reissue at present. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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