and Time: Wednesday, August 28, 20:00 21:30
Place: Interzone (Free Space)
Otomos live concert started with a turntable solo.
Hardly using any records, Otomo used his turntable as a feedback
machine. Various things he put on the turntable (rather than records)
interested the audience. He improvised with metal coils, a wrench,
a stick with a golf ball, a bow, a Chinese gong, and other items.
It was a rather low-tech, humorous performance.
music makes quite a loud sound, most of it noise made
from the needle skipping and turntable squeaking. Such cacophony
thundered the Obihiro night sky, shook the five senses of audience-members,
and made the Demeter office staffs hearts beat with worry
over possible claims and complaints from the neighbots about the
last half of the concert was a melodious guitar solo, quite a
change from the thundering noise of the first half. Kazahana was
a movie for which Otomo wrote the music. He also played Lonely
Woman, originally Ornette Colemans Lonely Woman.
The Kazahana song was dedicated to Shinji Soumai, who had died
the night before. The mellow, sentimental melody went out into
the air. Occasional noises gave tension to our ears.
The guitar line of Lonely Woman, which sounded like
a scream, directly and repeatedly hit the eardrums of the audience.
After Otomos performance, many held their ears and said,
.. But, they received comfortable stimuli
of their bodies and minds and enjoyed the sound experience. We
could feel that our ears, the air around us, and every cell in
us were tingling with pleasure.
went well tonight. I knew that the audience was really listening,
Mr. Otomo said. He seemed satisfied. Some audience members who
wanted to stay around were chatting with the staff members, who
wanted to hang out without putting things away.
It was hot the next day, as if summer had returned. Mr. Otomo
enjoyed Demeter. He said that he was stimulated in a new way.
I got some ideas for new work. Please invite me to the next
Demeter, too, he said as he left for Sapporo, where he will
have another concert.