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Boomkat Product Review:
Another great EM reissue of rare material from Fluxus sound artist Yoshi Wada, this time issuing the first ever recording of his 1987 composition The Appointed Cloud, an hour long document featuring the unique timbres of Wada's self-built pipe organ in conjunction with gongs, suspended metal sheets, sirens and bagpipes. Is it weird that of all the items in that list I'd regard the bagpipes as the furthest away from being a proper musical instrument? Anyway, those of you who've encountered Wada's work previously (possibly due to EM's recent publication of Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile) will have an idea of what's instore. Captured in the grand setting of New York's Hall Of Science, this towering drone piece is crammed with natural spatial vibrations and the resultant overtones of the Hall the particular sonorities of the wood and metal used to construct Wada's central 80-pipe sound machine. A great piece of 20th century droning maximalism, this is another one of those special 'for connoisseurs'-type discs.