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Tokyo-based sound artist Nozomu Matsumoto follows the cultishly-praised ‘Climatotherapy’ for The Death of Rave with a hyperreal, dreamlike collage of rap vocals and EDM presets in his ‘Phonocentrism’ study for Preservation’s Longform Editions
Where ‘Climatotherapy’ explored the notion of AI providing medical diagnoses on intangible human sensations, ‘Phonocentrism’ extends that idea into, in the artist’s own words; “an environmental forecast for streaming music.” The result is an arresting, scrolling tapestry of rap samples set to vivid, vaporised ambient strokes and interspersed with original vocals by Sumiko Matsumoto.
The piece also credits contributions from a number of other contemporary Japanese artists - CEMETERY, DJ Obake, Emamouse, H.Takahashi, Hegira Moya, Hideki Umezawa, Kazumichi Komatsu, Kenji Exilevevo, LSTNGT, メトロノリ(Metoronori), Rina Cho, toilet status, Y.Ohashi, Yoshitaka Hikawa - but we’re pretty sure at least one of those is Nozomu himself. In effect, the work is a incisive reflection of modernist culture, where the perceptive schisms between surreality, hyperreality and the real thing are ever more blurred - and in the manner of great art across the ages, it sums up something of the nature of life that’s hard if not impossible to properly sum up in words.