Brought together by the RVNG lablel for serenitatem, the fifteenth installment in the label's FRKWYS series of inter-generational collaborations released in April, this very special congregation of high-grade musicianship and visionary creative strategies is available for selective concert performances as the year unfolds.
Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano⤬
The Portland, Oregon duo in creative conversation with Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano, two trailblazers of the Japanese avant-garde music and visual arts scenes of the 1980s and 90s.
Yoshio Ojima began his career as a composer of environmental and ambient music, with a particular interest, and optimism, in the possibilities of generative software. His compositional pursuit of human synthesis with computerized forms was realized in its fullest potential alongside Satsuki Shibano, a pianist renowned for her interpretations of Erik Satie and Claude Debussy. Together, they were among a handful of influential Japanese artists whose innovations still resonate, if not more vibrantly than ever, well beyond the tightly-knit scene’s original core.
As Visible Cloaks, Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile have developed their own set of creative strategies that form an aesthetic fuse point between human intention, aleatoric composition, and improvisation. These are notions most recently reflected in 2017’s Reassemblage and Lex.
Recorded in Tokyo, Japan at Sounduno Studios in December 2017 at the tail end of Visible Cloaks’ first Japanese tour, serenitatem is a marvelously sharp record, its sutures between human and machine virtually impossible to find but suggested everywhere you turn. Both musically and conceptually inseparable from the technology that made it possible, this collaboration is a synthesis of artistic visions, technological sophistication, futurist ambition, and, occasionally, ancient polyphony.