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Originally composed for a sound walk in the Japanese town of Nakanojo, 'Grass Eater Diary' is as sensitive and poetic as it is minimal, dissolving choral vocals and evocative field recordings into rousing drones and subtle local instrumentation.
Tomoko Hojo and Rahel Kraft assembled "Grass Eater Diary" for 2019's Nakanojo Biennale, and wanted to reflect the environment that surrounded them. Inspired by the Japanese idiom "michikusa wo kuu" (a horse eats grass on the way to the destination and wastes its time), the duo wanted to meditate on the idea of wasted time in a capitalist society. So a sound walk feels like the perfect opportunity to prompt listeners to stop what they're doing for a moment and consider their environment, sonically as well actually.
Alongside field recordings taken from a foot bath, a playground and a rice field, the duo recorded instruments in an abandoned music room in a closed-down primary school. Everything in the room was in place, left as if lessons would start again the next day, and while you can't hear this detail, the ghostly quality is carried into the music. There's a magical hush that surrounds "Grass Eater Diary" and it's a joy to lose yourself in - it's an absorbing way to waste time.