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Additional Books

Posted on 14 Feb

a few additions for you to consider.

Would think you at least need to include these three books on Toru Takemitsu. Peter Burt's book - The Music of Toru Takemitsu (Music in the Twentieth Century) since it is one of the few English texts on him. The book by his wife Asaka - A Memoir of Toru Takemitsu. And of course Toru Takemitsu's own Confronting Silence: Selected Writings which if you only list one should be the one.

There is also a great book on Yasunao Tone - the out of print Yasunao Tone: Noise Media Language (Critical Ear) - a PDF of it is available at http://www.errantbodies.org/Yasunao_Tone.html - though if you can find the original book it does come with a CD. He also released a box set in Japan that has a book though that book is not about him it's poems he adapted into sound pieces.

In Japanese Takehisa Kosugi released his own autobiography (dream of an English translation one day). There are also numerous catalogues related to his art work / installation activity - often expensive but some creative googling will bring them up.

Also in Japanese Toshi Ichiyanagi, who should be known for a lot more than just being Yoko Ono's former husband, published a book called "Listening to the Sound - Notion of Music" in 1984 - again sadly untranslated. There is also a thesis on Ichiyanagi with a good bibliography at http://scholarship.rice.edu/bitstream/handle/1911/64647/SASAKI-THESIS.pdf

A catalogue of the graphic scores of Joji Yuasa with texts in Japanese called "exhibition 2007” can be bought Stateside from http://www.mimaroglumusicsales.com/artists/joji+yuasa.html

Though it's not a book it might be relevant to add there's a DVD about Matsuo Ohno called "The Echo of Astro Boy's Footsteps" it's been released on DVD / BR in Japan but without English subs - has shown in the UK a number of times but is yet to show in the US. Aside from this, the documentary on Takemitsu's film music "The Film Music of Toru Takemitsu" and Ohno's documentary on the Taj Mahal Travellers "Taj Mahal Travellers" on tour I don't know of other films about this scene / these composers - might be good to add a list of films in which they did music though since there is quite a few of those - a number of them showed at the ATG fest at MOMA and even here in the Matsumoto section there are some but the composers are not always credited.

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a few additions for you to consider.

Would think you at least need to include these three books on Toru Takemitsu. Peter Burt's book - The Music of Toru Takemitsu (Music in the Twentieth Century) since it is one of the few English texts on him....

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additional recommendation of anthology of translations assembled by Roger Reynolds in the 1980s

A JOSTLED SILENCE: Contemporary Japanese Musical Thought Edited by Roger Reynolds; translated by Sumi Adachi with Reynolds published in 3 parts in the journal Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 30, No. 1, Winter 1992; pp. 22-80 Vol. 30, No. 2, Summer 1992; pp. 60-100 Vol. 31, No. 2, Summer 1993; pp. 172-228 (School of Music DN-10 / University of Washington / Seattle, WA 98195 Tel: +1 206 543 0196)

Good material here that alas did not get published as a book in the late 1980s when it was assembled and almost released by Sam Francis's Lapis Press (Santa Monica, CA) after a change of management there. As its copyeditor and an erstwhile Japanist I was most excited as very little material of the type was then available.

There were a number of essays, including a longish piece by Takemitsu Toru that begins as a meditation at a performance in Indonesia and ranges across topics as far afield as volcanoes and John Cage, pieces by Ichiyanagi Toshi, Yuasa Joji, and Takahashi Yuji. (All listed according to then-current convention with surname last.) At least I hope they all made it into the journal--it's available on JSTOR.

Happy fishing.

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additional recommendation of anthology of translations assembled by Roger Reynolds in the 1980s

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Great additions!

Posted on 25 Feb

These are great, Gamall and Joseph! Thanks for the additions.

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These are great, Gamall and Joseph! Thanks for the additions.

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