7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

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7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

Postby angel-a on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:15 pm

Thursday, July 08, 2010

7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN

I was in LA for the last month and a half,
absorbed in recording, shooting photographs and videos,
and making progress on all sorts of important matters.
It was a really insane schedule.
I returned to Japan the day before yesterday, and currently I feel like I might die from jet lag.
In the near future, I’ll take the time to tell you more about LA and what’s going on with X JAPAN.

While I was working in LA, I really hoped to help Mick in even a small way,
so I actually created a song at an amazingly fast speed to earn donations for him.
I took the song “MISSING” that was included in my first solo album,
and remade and re-recorded it according to my current sensibilities.
It turned into something entirely new, and is now called “MISSING LINK.”
This song represents the new form of “SUGIZO Music,” and I hope you all give it a listen.
It will be available to download on July 8 from Mick’s website,
then afterwards at a variety of locations including iTunes.
All the profits from the song will be donated to Mick.

I’m sure my most dedicated and devoted fans already know this,
but “MISSING” was my very first genuine solo piece.
It led to the creation of my first album, “TRUTH?”,
and is one of the starting points for the “SUGIZO music” that came after.
It is also one of my most important turning points for my musical incentive.

This song was born in 1996, when I was totally obsessed with drum n’ bass.
I took that groove and fused with an ambient feeling that evokes Asia and the Near and Middle East,
while also weaving in an old-fashioned melody, an edgy new wave guitar,
and the roars of Mick’s transcendent bass.
All together, I think that the things expressed in this song are quite interesting.
Unfortunately, when I look at the song from where I am now,
the rhythm approach, sensations, singing, lyrics,
and various textures seem rather infantile and unfulfilled.
The song has degraded over the years into something pitiful.

Yet when I listen to “MISSING” now, Mick’s bass playing is truly unique and wonderful,
and I don’t think that my guitar playing is too bad for someone in his late twenties.
I wanted to breathe new life into this song by infusing it with my current skills and sensibilities.
As a result, it has been reborn as a quintessential example of “SUGIZO music” in 2010 – a totally deep,
thrilling, progressive trance song.

I dropped the BPM way down,
transforming the song into a progressive trance groove with a four-on-the-floor kick
and an overwhelming synth bass.
The violin serves as my singing voice, leading the song and entwining with Mick’s intense bass.
The female voice dances about like a spirit, and there is a mysterious Asian atmosphere.
This ambient music seems to soar to the heavens,
and is a fusion of music made in 1997 and 2010 that goes beyond time.

However, me not being able to leave LA when I was working on this song was a huge problem.
This song was only completed because I left most of the production to MAZDA and d-kiku,
two of the people I trust the most.
kiku had an absolutely terrible time raising the quality of the violin
I recorded last year as a demo for a live arrangement,
somehow turning it into something we could actually use.
And of course, MAZDA ended up doing everything related to the rhythm track, from production to TD.
If these two didn’t exist, this song would have been impossible to create.
They understood my goals for this project, and even worked on it on a volunteer basis!
I am so very grateful to them. I am truly blessed and happy to have such wonderful friends.

In this way, this song was born from a variety of collaborative work.
It contains beautiful examples of Mick’s breath and vitality,
and I hope that you all get a copy and experience the world of the song.
And from the bottom of my heart,
I pray that Mick gets better so that we can play “MISSING LINK” together on stage!

Amongst all of these other things, I am now a year older.
I can’t believe that I’m already the same age as Bakabon’s father in “Genius Bakabon!”
But there’s nothing else to do but to give it my all until the day I am no more.
I’m going to plunge forward into the next year,
and am going to be more absorbed in making music than ever.

Thank you all for your support, and I look forward to spending the next year with you as well.

SGZ





この1ヶ月半、ずっとLAでのレコーディング漬け、
スチールやプロモの撮影、他諸々の重要案件の推進等、
かなり過密スケジュールの日々をひたすら過ごしていました。
一昨日無事に帰国したんだけど、時差ボケで死にそうだ~。
LA、X JAPAN諸々に関して、また近々ゆっくり報告しますね。

そんなLAでの作業の最中、少しでもミックの力になれたらと願って、
実は超突貫工事で彼のドネーションのための楽曲を制作していました。
俺の1stソロ・アルバムに収録されていた「MISSING」という楽曲を
現在の俺の感覚の赴くままリ・メイク、リ・レコーディングして大変貌を遂げた、
その名も「MISSING LINK」。
是非みんなに触れてもらいたい最新型SGZ MUSICになりました。
まず今日7/8からミックのサイトで配信を始めて、
今後iTunesを始め、様々な場所から配信していくことになります。
そしてこの楽曲の収益はすべてミックのドネーションの為に使われます。

熱心なSGZマニアの人なら周知の事実かもしれないけど、
「MISSING」が俺の本格的なソロ・ワークの最初の一滴。
この楽曲からSGZの1st「TRUTH?」が生まれた。
この楽曲が後のSGZ MUSICに繋がる原点であり、
俺の音楽的動機の最重要ターニン・グポイントでもある。
その起源は1996年。
ドラムン・ベースにドップリとハマっていた時期。
そのグルーヴとアジアや中近東的なアンビエントを融合させて、
同時に懐古的メロディ感やエッジーなニューウェイヴ・ギターを織り交ぜ、
そして超絶ミック・ベースが唸りまくり、
発想としてはかなり興味深かった楽曲。
・・・しかし残念ながら、今の観点で見ると、
リズムのアプローチや質感、歌唱力と歌詞、様々なテクスチャーが
かなり幼稚で未消化、そして完全に経年劣化した、
とても可哀想な楽曲になってしまっていた。
ただ、今聴いても、ミックのベースはもう完全に唯一無二の彼そのもので、
異常に素晴らしいし、
俺のギターも20代後半のそこらへんのヤツにしては
かなりいい線イってるんじゃないかと思って、
現時点での俺のスキルと感覚で新しい息吹を与えてこの曲を蘇らせたかった。
結果、最高ディープでスリリングな、プログレッシヴ・トランス的、
2010年SGZ MUSICド真ん中、そんな楽曲に生まれ変わった~。
BPMをグっと落として4つ打ちキックと圧倒的なシンベに支配させた
プログレッシヴ・トランス・グルーヴへ変貌させ、
俺の歌声であるヴァイオリンで楽曲をリードし、
そこに最強のミック・ベースが絡みつく。
精霊の様に舞うフィメール・ヴォイス。アジア的神秘。
天空へ飛翔するアンビエント・ミュージック。
それは1997年と2010年の、時を越えた融合。

ただこの楽曲を制作するにあたり、
俺がLAから動けなかったことがとても大きい問題で、
俺が最も信頼する二人、MAZDA氏とd-kiku氏に制作の殆どの行程を
一任することによって、今回完成に到達することができた。
結局去年のライヴ・アレンジ用デモのために録ったヴァイオリンを
なんとか本チャンレベルのクオリティに引き上げるべく、
kikuっちゃんに四苦八苦してもらったり、
リズム・トラックの制作はもちろん、結局TDまでMAZDA氏にお願いしてしまったり、
2人の存在がなければ今回の制作は不可能だった。
しかも今回の趣旨を理解してくれて、ヴォランティアで。。。
本当に感謝しています。
素晴らしい仲間に恵まれて、俺は幸せ者です。。。

そんな様々なありがたい協力を経て生まれたこの作品。
ミックの息吹と生命力が美しく躍動するこの楽曲。
是非みんなにこの世界、体験してもらいたいな。
是非みんなにGETしていただきたい!
そしてこの「MISSING LINK」をライヴで再現するために、
絶対にミックに復活してもらいたい!
心からそう祈っています。。。

そんな中、SUGIZOはまたひとつ歳をとってしまいました。。。
うー、ついにバカボンのパパの歳になってしまった~! 信じられん。。。
まあ、もうこのまま朽ち果てるまで、イくとこまでイくしかないよな。。。
この1年も突き進むよ~、音楽漬けの日々は、密度は拍車がかかる一方だよ。

こんなSUGIZOですが、みんな、この1年もヨロシクお願いしますね。

SGZ

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Re: 7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SIGIZO

Postby karnsculpture on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:23 pm

Absolutely brilliant, looking forward to this.
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Re: 7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

Postby karnsculpture on Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:07 am

The track is now available from mickkarn.net and it's lovely.
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Re: 7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

Postby ScottR on Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:37 pm

Hey Paul,

Wheres the link for this? I cant find it anywhere.
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Re: 7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

Postby Astronaut on Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:25 pm

Thank you Angel-A for posting this info!

God Bless Sugizo!!!!! XXXX

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HELP! WHERE'S THE LINK?????????
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Re: 7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

Postby inkinthewell on Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:07 am

ScottR wrote:Wheres the link for this? I cant find it anywhere.

Astronaut wrote:HELP! WHERE'S THE LINK?????????

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Re: 7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

Postby angel-a on Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:41 am

Debi wrote the following message at Mick's Facebook page, but I haven't seen the post related to Sugizo's contribution at Mick's official page yet. I assume it will be there soon. So just need to keep checking?!

Mick Karn
Please check the website for updates. Recent posts include details of auctions people are kindly doing for the Appeal including a beautiful set of live photos of David & Steve by Cris Crader and a set of 3 Mick Karn prints by Dirk Tholenaar.

Today you will also find a message from Sugizo with a link to download a track entitled 'Missing Link'.

We are extremely grateful for everyone's support and generosity.

Thank you so much.

Debi

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Re: 7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

Postby karnsculpture on Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:17 pm

The link was there but seems to have gone for the time being.
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Re: 7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

Postby Astronaut on Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:15 pm

karnsculpture wrote:The link was there but seems to have gone for the time being.


How ironic is that? The link for a song entitled "Missing Link" has gone ... missing!
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Re: 7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

Postby karnsculpture on Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:43 am

I don't know what's happening, but hosting a popular file can lead to bandwidth problems and cause sites to go down, so maybe they are trying to get the tech stuff sorted before hosting it again.

I've had to treble the bandwidth for the Nightporter site - not cheap but luckilly I had donations stashed from earlier in the year so I could upgrade. There was a definite upswing in site visitors following the Porcupine Tree album release and tour, from December through to May - lucky I upgraded before Mick's news broke because site visitors are at an all time high.
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Re: 7/8 MISSING Feat. MICK KARN by SUGIZO

Postby angel-a on Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:14 pm

Finally, Sugizo's 'Missing Link' is up at Mick's HP.

http://mickkarn.net/
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