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Gamall Awad

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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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Missed Op ?

Posted on 14 Feb

Whilst it's great to see this it's disappointing to see you didn't ask her about her work with Group Ongaku - the collective improvisation based group begun in 1958 by Takehisa Kosugi and Shukou Mizuno. She was a key member of this group, as was Yasunao Tone and I believe her involvement in it predates her involvement in Fluxus. I believe it would have made a more interesting introduction to her work. Of course, Kosugi and Tone were also involved with Fluxus as well. Maybe you did ask her about this and it's just not here ?

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Whilst it's great to see this it's disappointing to see you didn't ask her about her work with Group Ongaku - the collective improvisation based group begun in 1958 by Takehisa Kosugi and Shukou Mizuno. She was a key member of this group, as was...

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Posted on 19 Feb

Not sure how I missed that short comment about Ongaku in the interview... thanks for pointing it out. Cannot wait to read that piece on / interview with Tone-san. Have nothing but admiration for his approach and intellect. I think he is a living treasure. Wish he performed more in New York his performance at Guggenheim last year was my favorite concert of the year. Was very sad to discover news of his event in January at MOMA two days after it happened, despite being a member ! I know there was talk of a video of that gig being posted - hope that materializes.

Love what you are doing here with post site. Especially great to see a strong focus on this era of Japanese arts. I really love the current exhibition there but wished it was bigger and so the material here (and in the non-catalogue book of essays) is very welcome. I'm not an academic but do follow and try to research this area for my own personal interests.

Note I did also post some comments in the book section including a link to a PDF of a great book on Tone.

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Not sure how I missed that short comment about Ongaku in the interview... thanks for pointing it out. Cannot wait to read that piece on / interview with Tone-san. Have nothing but admiration for his approach and intellect. I think he is a living...

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Posted on 27 Mar

Awesome ! Thanks for this. People might be happy to know a new Tone album set for May release has just been announced at http://editionsmego.com/release/eMEGO+142

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Awesome ! Thanks for this. People might be happy to know a new Tone album set for May release has just been announced at http://editionsmego.com/release/eMEGO+142

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Posted on 21 Apr

Interesting article thanks for this. Whilst I really enjoyed his entries in the Obscure Tape Music of Japan series I wish someone would do a deeper examination / compilation of his electronic music - tracks like "Extended Voices" and his music for the Matsumoto film "Metastasis" plus other soundtracks reveal him to be an exceptional electronic music producer. If compiled I am sure people would take an even broader view of this highly under-rated composer.

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Interesting article thanks for this. Whilst I really enjoyed his entries in the Obscure Tape Music of Japan series I wish someone would do a deeper examination / compilation of his electronic music - tracks like "Extended Voices" and his music for...

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