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Boomkat Product Review:
Japanese-Korean classical minimalist Ryoko Akama collaborates with Apartment House again on this weightless set of deceptively complex pieces. Fans of Morton Feldman, Alvin Lucier or Eliane Radigue >> this one's pretty incredible.
An installation artist as well as a composer and performer, Huddersfield-based Akama writes music that's intentionally visual, or tangible. She creates sound that stretches across time and space, and uses silence like dead air - forcing us to consider our place as listeners.
'Songs for a shed' is series of six works for piano and instruments that was comissioned by Philip Thomas and Another Timbre. It isn't the first time Akama has worked with Apartment House - the collaborated on 2019's excellent "Dial 45-21-95" - and at this stage they feel perfectly in tune with each others' sonic philosophy. Simon Limbrick's vibraphone and marimba contributions are especially impressive, elevating the almost 20-minute 'proposal eleven' to scratch out a physical space in our minds eye.