Takashi Suzuki | Cycle

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Cycle

by Takashi Suzuki

Genre: New Age: Ambient
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Cycle is the second CD album. The previous CD "Resonance" was awarded "BEST AMBIENT ALBUM", 2011 ZMR Music Award.


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Cycle" is the second release from Japanese composer/musician/architect/sculptor/painter Takashi Suzuki, following "Resonance" (2011), which was named Best Ambient Album for 2011 by Zone Music Reporter and reached #2 on the July 2011 ZMR Radio Airplay Chart. Like "Resonance," the music on "Cycle" is very soothing and relaxing ambient electronica. Although much of the music has a rather dark quality, it feels more like the darkness of infinite space or of nighttime than anything frightening or sad. It is interesting to note that Suzuki approaches his recordings in much the same way he approaches his paintings - one at a time, finishing one before moving on to the next, allowing the previous pieces to influence the ones that come next. Because of that, the album feels linear and plays as a continuous musical experience. Each of the eight tracks has been given an Episode number, leaving it up to the listener to discern what the music is “about” - if it is about anything specific at all. Suzuki uses a variety of keyboards and synthesizers to create this music, some of which are newer and some that are vintage. All of the Episodes have melodic passages as well as subtle rhythms and dynamics, and this music works equally well as a backdrop for quiet activities, music for relaxation, and music to get lost in. The sound quality is superb.

Because the continuity of the album causes it to play as one continuous piece, describing each track isn't too useful. If you enjoy space music, ambient music with depth and substance, and very minimalist music for relaxation, Takashi Suzuki’s music is an excellent choice. Check it out!

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
The second proper album by Takashi Suzuki proves that the architect, sculptor, painter, and composer/musician is no one-hit wonder.
Suzuki returns with a collection of synthesized textures that soothe and refresh, providing sonic refuge as well as musical stimulation. The tracks are called episodes, with the only distinction in name being their numerical sequence. This engenders focus on the album as a whole suite of movements rather than a collection of individual tracks. This also prevents any preconceived notions based on titles and centers attention on the music itself.
As a result, Suzuki’s mysterious and mystical compositions captivate and enthrall with their piercing and penetrating vibrations, creating an ethereal experience that provides cathartic release and creative satisfaction.

Michael Diamond - www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
In a world where “more” is generally considered “better” and our senses are often overwhelmed with the glitz and glitter of modern living, one composer, Takashi Suzuki is taking the opposite approach and expressing in his music a level of unadorned simplicity and minimalism that is rare. Perhaps it is his Japanese heritage that gives him an appreciation for Zen-like serene spaciousness, but that is what the listener can expect in his second release, Cycle.

As mentioned, the overall sound has an expansive ambiance that is more about creating an atmosphere than maintaining our focus with melody or rhythm, although there are slight traces of those elements occasionally. 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. Looking out my window while listening to Cycles for the first time, I watched the fog rolling in across the San Francisco Bay and appreciated what a perfect soundtrack the music made for that scene.

While many of Takashi’s synthesizer tones are long sustained sounds such as strings, choirs, and drones, he sparingly adds other elements, such as on the third track with its bell-like electric piano that brought to mind the classic sound of Steven Halpern. Also on the final track, which is enhanced by an arpeggiated keyboard pattern and gentle rhythmic track providing a sense of forward motion – a lovely way to bring the album to a close. The music of Takashi Suzuki creates a sonic environment of serene spaciousness and peaceful presence.

For a full-length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com