005 brett larner / toshimaru nakamura
after school activity
larner - koto
nakamura - no-input mixing board
After School Activity was recorded in Oakland
in 2003. The first two recordings come from Mills
College, one recorded in a studio the other
performed live, but it is the final track that
provides the most vivid picture of what was
occurring between the two musicians during this
time. The third track entitled After School Activity
was recorded on Artship where the two access to
record anywhere on the vessel they desired, it was
the top deck that drew Toshimaru in.
The work sits somewhere between a recording of a live
event and a studio recording. By now we are well aware
of the low-fi recording habits of Japanese experimental
music fans, at underground gigs around Tokyo for example
many audience members can be seen keenly capturing the
event to minidisc. These records are full of the live
sound of the venue, including sounds not associated with
the music itself. These types of events have most
recently been played with by those musicians in the
Tokyo scene whom tend towards quite performance. How
can one in any city get away from the urban sounds
without entering cut-off spaces. At these events the
live-ness and the willingness of the performer to accept
his or her surrounds becomes fascinating in itself.
After School Activity captures this live-ness whilst
being a performance without audience. An extrememly
exciting document of a brief moment.
Toshimaru Nakamura is well known internationally for his
no-input mixing board. He has developed an often copied
style with this instrument and is a sought after collaborator.
Canadian Brett Larner performs, composes, teaches and
improvises on the koto. For years he lived in Tokyo where
he split his time between the contemporary koto and
electroacoustic improvisation scenes.