Just as day-to-day memories grow dim, my awareness of "self" gradually fades when I'm playing music. At times I fall into a sort of illusion that my "self" exists in the sound.
The tracks on this album came about in that kind of state.
"Too Much Sadness" was recorded just after the March 11 earthquake. The Fukushima nuclear power plant was really exploding, and I was feeling hopeless.
On an impulse, I reached for a record.
At times like this I act quickly, and the next moment I was making samples, putting them on my computer and starting to play.
I'd bought the record over ten years before and it was coated with dust, so it crackled with static.
But the way it combined with the originally recorded noise was exquisite, and it occurred to me that the sound of the dust might actually be the sonic form of time.
Though the entire album is covered in shadow, I was thinking as I played that where there's shadow, there's always light.
released November 30, 2014
All music by Chihei Hatakeyama
Recorded by Chihei Hatakeyama in Mitaka, March 2011 (1, 2) and May 2011 (3)
Mixed and mastered by Chihei Hatakeyama, 2011-2014
Includes liner notes by Chihei Hatakeyama in Japnaese and English (translation by Cathy Fishman)