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 second album of JUTA TAKAHASHI, entitled "The Door into Winter", has been released in December, 2007. The album contains following three ambient tunes.
1. Northern Horizon (13'09")
2. Enlightenment (13'41")
3. The Door into Winter (20'46")
'Northern Horizon' pictures a winter seascape. You are standing on a northern seashore, watching an icy silver sky and flashes of lightning above the horizon.
'Enlightenment' brings you to the East. You are lost in contemplation there and then spiritually awakened.
'The Door into Winter' is open. You see silent and eternal winter through it and step in.
There are beautiful and impressive sounds by analog synthesizers as usual.
Review by Bert Strolenberg at Sonic Immersion (www.sonicimmersion.org):
For his second release, Juta Takahashi chose a winter-theme which is expressed through three lengthy tracks. Its freeform soundscape ambient without a chilling effect though, as Mr Takahashi uses warm flowing pads in his quite minimal-oriented music.
There’s a sense of stillness and balance embedded in these lush textures that give the outcome a bit of a meditative character. This feel is especially present on the second piece "Enlightenment" and the 20-minute title track, both featuring slow morphing synth washes as the flight unfolds. As well as on his debut, there’s still some work on the mastering and production side.
The physical version of this album is sold out, but one can still get the music as download from e.g. cdbaby.
September 19, 2013
Customer Review (by BOOTIS) at eMusic:
captures perfectly the feeling of winter
Takahashi-san makes ambient music using analog instruments, which stands out in today's digital dominated ambient scene. This gives his albums a unique touch. His use of analog to create pads of drifts is what has always attracted me to his music, I think it sounds fantastic the way he does it. 'The Door into Winter' is more restrained with the pads than in the previous albums, no doubt to meet Takahashi's image of winter. As a result the music is more focused in a way, compared to his previous albums, and it also feels more minimalistic. Most importantly perhaps, 'The Door into Winter' captures perfectly the feeling of winter: the sunlight glittering on soft pillow-like snow, grand vistas of snowy frozen "deserts", the dancing flow of wind over snowy ground. I thoroughly enjoyed this album, I was immersed by it. Although more quiet and minimalistic than his previous albums it still bears his unique style of ambient.
All three tunes on this album keep being broadcast by Drone Zone on SomaFM since April 7, 2008.
All three tunes on this album have started being broadcast by StillStream on January 13, 2009.
'The Door into Winter' has got broadcast as one of tracks for Regional Winter Holiday themed show by STAR'S END on December 26, 2010.
Full previews are available at the official website (www.jutatakahashi.com).
Physical release is SOLD OUT. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Please consider buying the FLAC version from CD Baby.