Boomkat Product Review:
Genius atmospheric processed environmental recordings from influential Japanese sound artist Toshiya Tsunoda that examine the union between the human and the natural world. Wordless vowels are combined with frozen field recordings to create an atmosphere that's uneasy, radical and thoughtful.
There's no shortage of music made from field recordings right now - in fact, it's become almost a required component of the ambient industrial complex. So, it's refreshing to hear an artist seriously evaluating the art and studying the relationship between humans and the natural world. 'Landscape and Voice' isn't background music, it's almost grating as it jerks from a pastoral soundscape into stuttering, guttural noise.
Over three tracks, Tsunoda dissects his field recordings by splicing them with disembodied vowel sounds, cutting into the environmental recordings by synchronizing looping syllables with microsamples of the atmospherics. It's a jarring process that interferes with the perception of field recording as a practice, chopping into bubbling water sounds, footsteps and airy gusts with surreal rhythms. At first listen, it sounds almost like a corrupted file - let it sink in and Tsunoda's process begins to make itself clear.
Jarring, magickal and completely out on its own, "Landscape and Voice" is another startlingly fresh addition to the Black Truffle canon and an essential purchase for anyone looking for life beyond the common or garden variety field recording deluge.