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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Dec 23, 2022 4:39 pm

I've just published a new article on David Sylvian's contribution to Pierre Barouh's 1982 album Le Pollen, recorded in Tokyo with a cast of Japanese musicians.

I love this story of musical inspiration across continents and cultures: Barouh drawing on Brazilian bossa nova, Yukihiro Takahashi's fascination with Barouh's music in the film A Man and a Woman, and Sylvian finding inspiration from both Japanese music and the French singer.

Sylvian said that meeting Barouh renewed his feeling for music during the period when he stopped writing in the last days of Japan, paving the way for the solo career to come.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2022/12/23/le-pollen-demain/
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Jan 13, 2023 1:49 pm

A new blog article is just up about David Sylvian's contribution to the installation called 2022 that was staged by the collective of artists known as Dumb Type at the Japan Pavilion for the Venice Biennale last year.

Sylvian was invited by Ryuichi Sakamoto, a new member of Dumb Type for their exhibitions in Venice and Munich in 2022. He reads words from a nineteenth century geography textbook.

Who are Dumb Type? What themes were they exploring in this exhibition?

Find out more in this article and see a 10 minute video to capture the experience, with Ryuichi's music and David's voice.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/01/13/dumb-type-2022/

P.S. If you are in Japan, the installation is being re-staged at the Artizon Museum in Tokyo from Feb-April 2023
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Feb 03, 2023 1:15 pm

The latest article recalls the appearance of Masami Tsuchiya as guest guitarist on Japan's final 'Sons of Pioneers' tour in 1982, exploring how he came to be involved with the band, why he was chosen, and what he added to the group's stage-craft.

Opinions differ on whether David Rhodes (who fulfilled the role on the previous 'Visions of China' tour) or Masami was best suited to the material, but it's good that there were two different line-ups for fans to experience and Masami's involvement is another of the collaborations that were happening with prominent Japanese musicians around this time.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/02/03/the ... ance-live/
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Re: Vista blog

Postby Quiet Visitor on Sat Feb 04, 2023 11:32 am

Thanks. Great article to read for me, since I'm a big fan of Tsuchiya's solowork and the Ippu-Do-albums.
The article speaks of the track Silent Party, but I guess you mean Secret Party (which is followed by Silent Object); in the links at the end of the article the right track is mentioned.
I would like to mention the song Night In The Park as well, because here we hear Mick Karn and Percy Jones in one track. Mick on alto-sax and Jones of course on bass. As we all know Jones was an influence on Mick and I always found it funny Jones played the Japan-like bass-parts on some of Ippu-Do's records.
B.t.w. just noticed Tsuchiya's box-set Solo Vox Epic Years is being offered for almost € 600 ($ 649.74) on Discogs. Glad I bought it when it was released (just as the wonderful Ippu-Do box-set Magic Vox.
https://www.discogs.com/release/1284733 ... Epic-Years
https://www.discogs.com/release/1823249 ... -1979-1984
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Sat Feb 04, 2023 3:38 pm

Thanks Quiet Visitor - I did indeed mean 'Secret Party' and must have muddled the title in part with the track that follows. I've fixed that now - I appreciate you mentioning it.

Unfortunately I didn't get that boxed set - so it's out of reach now!

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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Feb 24, 2023 1:26 pm

In February 2003 David Sylvian invited Derek Bailey to record a session of guitar improvisations for him to respond to as a vocalist for his album Blemish.

The session happened at The Moat studios almost exactly a year after Bailey had recorded his classic album Ballads in the same location.

'The Good Son' and 'She is Not' were two of the resulting tracks, with Sylvian later releasing much of the solo guitar session as To Play: The Blemish Sessions on his samadhisound label.

This new article explores the partnership and Bailey's work which was among his last and is highly regarded as an example of the unique musical language he created.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/02/24/the ... he-is-not/

The new essay is a companion piece to this earlier piece: https://sylvianvista.com/2019/11/22/how ... -be-happy/
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Mar 17, 2023 1:22 pm

The latest article explores the method and thinking behind the Gone to Earth instrumentals.

Gone to Earth was such an unusual double album and I've always loved the instrumental disc. Those pieces became so familiar through repeated listening, often whilst studying. David Sylvian saw them as 'environmental music' with the potential of positively impacting the listener by creating harmony with their environment.

'Sunlight Seen Through Towering Trees' features Bill Nelson on guitar and was one of the pieces Sylvian described somewhat negatively as 'static'. But perhaps its success is capturing a single moment in time.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/03/17/sun ... ing-trees/

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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Apr 07, 2023 1:20 pm

Listening more to the Twinkle³ album feat. David Sylvian & Kazuko Hohki, Upon This Fleeting Dream, I became fascinated with the electronic sounds that accompany Sylvian & Hohki's voices - they are unlike anything previously heard on a project with which Sylvian has been involved.

I was recently able to interview David Ross of Twinkle³ about the use of modular synths on the album and the development of his own musical approach and philosophy. David also told me a little more about the field recordings that Sylvian contributed to the album.

Modular synths are an area of music about which I previously knew very little. Talking to David Ross has given me new understanding and a deeper appreciation for what is happening on Upon This Fleeting Dream.

Read here: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/04/07/if- ... ty-handed/
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Apr 28, 2023 1:31 pm

I've just published Part 2 of my interview with David Ross of Twinkle³ whose 2022 album, Upon This Fleeting Dream, features David Sylvian.

David R talks about how Sylvian was approached to contribute vocals to an earlier project, Sylvian's reaction and helpful input through making introductions and writing sleeve-notes. Whereas the music for the first project was practically complete when Sylvian was approached, Upon This Fleeting Dream was conceived around Sylvian's contribution from the start.

Talking to Clive Bell and David Ross of Twinkle³ has certainly enriched my enjoyment of this album - I hope the articles might do the same for you.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/04/28/che ... adas-song/
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri May 19, 2023 1:23 pm

A new article has just been published about the wonderful Sylvian & Sakamoto collaboration 'Forbidden Colours'.

Diving into Sakamoto's involvement in the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, his approach to writing his first movie soundtrack, and the invitation to Sylvian to create a vocal version of the theme after David Bowie declined.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/05/19/forbidden-colours/

An earlier published sister article concentrates on the re-recorded version made during the Brilliant Trees sessions and how the song paved the way for Sylvian's solo career. Read that here: https://sylvianvista.com/2018/12/20/for ... s-version/

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Re: Vista blog

Postby Quiet Visitor on Sat May 20, 2023 10:20 am

Thanks for this fine article! Brings back the memories of 1983.
I bought the soundtrack in September of that year, three months before I saw the movie. Forbidden Colours was in my mind a lot, what a beautiful song. And what a disappointment it wasn't in the film!! I didn't know!
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Jun 09, 2023 12:37 pm

Thank you Quiet Visitor for reading and for your feedback. You reminded me that almost certainly I too heard the soundtrack to Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence long before I saw the film!

I've published another article, this time adding to the series on Secrets of the Beehive.

'The Devil's Own' is an eerie song but the woodwind - arranged by Ryuichi Sakamoto - brings colour and light as the comfort of companionship overcomes the darkness. Other instruments are all performed by Sylvian & Sakamoto, adding this song to their incredibly rich list of collaborations.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/06/09/the-devils-own/
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Jun 30, 2023 12:17 pm

For the latest article I've returned to 1999's Dead Bees on a Cake. The track 'All of My Mother's Names (Summers with Amma)' was inspired by summers that Sylvian and his family spent in California and across the US following his guru, Mata Amritanandamayi.

The article reflects both on Amma's influence and the Miles Davis-tinged music, and includes some brief exclusive memories of the recording session from drummer Scooter Warner.

Here's the link: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/06/30/all ... with-amma/

Thanks as always for the interest, the readership of the blog is ever-growing and I don't take that for granted.
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Sun Jul 09, 2023 6:42 am

Having published the article on Dead Bees on a Cake, tracing the inspiration expressed in 'All of My Mother's Names', I was able to speak with Chris Minh Doky who played upright bass on the track.

Chris told me about how Ryuichi Sakamoto was his gateway to involvement with the album, what he learnt from working as part of Sakamoto's touring band, and shared memories from his studio session with both Sylvian & Sakamoto for Dead Bees...

I've updated the article with these new insights: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/06/30/all ... with-amma/
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Jul 21, 2023 3:20 pm

A new article has just been published about the Blemish remix album, The Good Son vs The Only Daughter, and specifically the contribution of Akira Rabelais.

Akira's album Spellewauerynsherde was the first release on samadhisound that didn't include music by Sylvian, but David was closely involved in all aspects of the release. He then invited Rabelais to create a remix for Harold Budd's beautiful samadhisound album Avalon Sutra, before involving him in the Blemish remixes.

It was a pleasure to interview Akira Rabelais recently about his close involvement with David and samadhisound.

Also included in the article is 'End Times (Winter NYC 2011)', Sylvian's reinvention of Akira's work.

Read here: https://sylvianvista.com/2023/07/21/ble ... end-times/
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