From Yui Onodera These pieces are what can be described as almost static ambient tracks. They are about a recognition of perceived stillness, even when there is change in the sounds’ relationships with each other, and with the listener.
“Too Ne" is an old Japanese word that refers to a sound that is sounding from far away. It is about distance, and also perhaps about reaching out to those sounds that seem to exist far away from us.
Too Ne is a word that is not often used in modern Japan, but it has a long history, and can be found in the oldest extant collections of Japanese waka (poetry in Classical Japanese), such as "Manyoshu".
It is sometimes understood that there are many sounds that appear in people’s minds here, when they think of an imagined landscape. Sounds as memory markers, but also as devices to help us imagine more deeply the places we visit and recollect with our minds. Here, I recall in my mind the distance of static sounds like vague clouds, delicate sounds like a state where cherry blossoms whirl in the wind and resemble snow falling.
released July 1, 2022
Cover image by Kikoh Matsuura
All tracks written and produced by Yui Onodera
Recorded & composed in Tokyo, 2020-021.
Yui Onodera: Field recordings, found objects, electric guitar, Lyra-8, Portastudio 414MKII, processing.
Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space
yann's approach to stasis and dynamic restraint have been referential points for me in my own artistic path - this release is no exception - and yet it feels a bit more open, wider, somehow carries a little more release and anguish - just superb. wndfrm_listens