[New Release] “8,9,10” and “9,10,11” from Gung Ho 1,2,3D

Released from em records in June, 2017
[available in Double 12″ LP version & CD]

From Scratch was an innovative and highly influential New Zealand-based sound-performance group, making extensive use of found and repurposed objects as well as custom-made instruments in their intricately interlocking percussion music. One of their signature instruments consisted of carefully tuned PVC pipes, played with foam rubber mallets; arrays of these feature prominently, along with drums and tuned percussion, in Gung Ho 1,2,3D, an extended composition which sumptuously investigates polyrhythmic relationships indicated by the number sequences which title each section of the piece. Featured here is the original 1982 recording of the “8, 9, 10” and “9, 10, 11” sections of the piece, previously issued in 1988 by Flying Nun.

Rounding out this 2LP and CD release are three 2016 translations of the piece, based on the original score. Japanese group goat provides a driving rhythmic and mathematical analogue, which From Scratch’s Phil Dadson, who provides liner notes, describes as “a fast moving shadow, familiar in outline but from another world”. German producer Don’t DJ imbibes the tribal spirit of Gung Ho and its sense of ritual to deliver a hypnotic immersion, and Utena Kobayashi Group adds wordless voice-worlds and distorted blasts to the ever-onward mix, before a final tropical down-shift.

“8, 9, 10” and “9, 10, 11” from Gung Ho 1,2,3D

Performed by
1. From Scratch (1981) (Side A)

Interpreted by
2. goat (Side B)
3. Don’t DJ (Side C)
4. Utena Kobayashi Group (Side D)

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今作では『ガン・ホー1,2,3D』で最も複雑な8,9,10拍子と9,10,11拍子で演奏された1981年のオリジナル録音を筆頭に、国内外の現行3アーティスト:YPY 日野浩志郎率いるゴート(M2)/独の奇才Don’t DJM3)/鬼の右腕を経て現在D.A.N、トクマル・シューゴ等で活躍する小林うてな(M4)が解釈に挑んだカヴァーの計4作品を収録。全て楽譜を元に演奏しているが4者の解釈はまるで異なり、相当に高度な演奏にもかかわらず反復リズムゆえポップな様相を呈している。

+ CD 版:日本語・英語解説/通常ジュエルケース/ブックレット封入
+ LP
版:12” LP 2 枚組/見開きジャケット/日本語・英語解説

Tracks: “8, 9, 10” and “9, 10, 11” from Gung Ho 1,2,3D

Performed by オリジナル演奏:
1. From Scratch (1981) (Side A)

Interpreted by カヴァー演奏:
ゴート (Side B)
3. Don’t DJ (Side C)
小林うてなグループ (Side D)