Tiliqua Records is immensely proud to be able to announce the launch of its Archival Series; a side-venture dedicating itself to releasing and restoring long lost historical recordings by obscure and legendary artists. From the time I began toying with the idea of staring up this side project, I had already set my mind on Takayanagi Masayuki as possible spearhead for the seri...(展开全部) Tiliqua Records is immensely proud to be able to announce the launch of its Archival Series; a side-venture dedicating itself to releasing and restoring long lost historical recordings by obscure and legendary artists. From the time I began toying with the idea of staring up this side project, I had already set my mind on Takayanagi Masayuki as possible spearhead for the series and especially his much overlooked masterpiece “Action Direct” that screamed out to be officially re-released one day. The record has never been reissued in whatever format and apart from being rumored as a legendary and transitional Takayanagi recording, very few people had the chance to lend their ear to its mind peeling beauty. Still, trying to re-release this historical recording by one of my all time favorite musical heroes didn’t come easy and involved careful consideration, artist related research, legal footwork, awaiting approval of Takayanagi’s widow who guards his legacy, digging up the master tapes out of oblivion, lots of patience and an unrelenting love for the music. Lots of water has flowed under the bridge since the wheels for this project were set in motion but finally Tiliqua is able to birth out the final results, the premier official & legal reissue worldwide of this staggering sonic document. “Action Direct” was first released by Kojima ALM Records in 1985 in a tiny run and has been elusive ever since. Now, twenty years later, Tiliqua restores it to its former glory in the form of an identical limited LP edition (of 250 copies) and a first time ever limited CD edition (of 800 copies). The CD version is carefully crafted and housed in a deluxe fold out sturdy carton mini-LP styled record sleeve (hand numbered) complete with fully detailed and extensive liner notes by Alan Licht and Johan Wellens.“Action Direct is his final extension of his Mass Projection/cool mode - the spaces in his playing now filled in with tapes and effects instead of reeds, bass, cello and drums, the sustain now applied to a wall of sound rather than simple guitar feedback, the spare gestures now appearing against a self-created backdrop of noise.” And “…show a progression similar to Miles Davis’ pre-fusion mid-60’s albums, whose increasing use of pulse suggested rock without directly referencing it; Action Direct could be seen as Takayanagi’s Bitches Brew” (AL) “Action Direct embodies a certain duality, a dichotomy between musician and instrument, machine and man and between science and art. While bestowing his concept with the character of music (or musical collage), Takayanagi set out to transcend and empower the physical identity, reality and significance of the individual sound atoms that lay at the core of this conceptual piece. By unleashing a vast array of demonic sonic clusters and fragmentation bombs, he created a new sonic language that vibrates through our present-day existence” (JW). This is a one time only edition and since Tiliqua Records has acquired the legal rights to this work, we can assure you that no reprints will be done of this ear-shattering recording within the next decade.
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