JOHN BUTCHER / TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA

Dusted Machinery

(Monotype - MONO041) CD $13.50

“Whisper-soft soprano squeaks and gently coaxed feedback saxophone meld fluidly [and] seamlessly with the stripped-metal tones from Nakamura,” writes an Internet poet. “Butcher’s occasional crackles and sizzling flareups from his electronics derail … restrained inclinations in provocative ways.”

TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA / KEITH ROWE

Keith Rowe / Toshimaru Nakamura

September 2008 duet by one of the big men of guitar-and-electronics and his long-time partner, the world's foremost practitioner of the no-input-mixing board.

SACHIKO M / TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA / YOSHIHIDE OTOMO / KEITH ROWE

M / Nakamura / Otomo / Rowe

This document of the centerpiece show of AMPLIFY 2004: addition (the "four-hour quartet”) contains three individually packaged slimline CDs in a slipcase with original artwork by Keith Rowe, which wraps around the entire box, front, side, and back, as well as liner notes from all four musicians and numerous pictures from Yuko Zama. “The middle section of this concert sports some of the most effectively noisy utterances I've heard from these musicians,” marvels Dusted, “Even out-harshing Rowe's seminal Harsh. Extremities of frequency are both piercing and nauseating, the huge span of space between them never empty and often crowded by what can be described as organized sound. Only in rare instances are individual instruments readily identifiable -- a guitar plucked, the lower frequencies of the sounds transformed into dull echoing thuds before disappearing again into the miasma.”

TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA / AMI YOSHIDA

Soba To Bara

Influential Japanese free improvisors Yoshida and Nakamura first performed together at the AMPLIFY 2008 festival; in preparation, they recorded solo tracks separately (Yoshida on voice, Nakamura on no-input mixing board), overdubbed them without hearing the other, and then listened to the results before performing the concert. So satisfied were they with the power and synchronization of the overlapped solos that they are hereby released as is.