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ARTIST
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Small Explosions That Are Yours To Keep
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CD

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SR 238CD SR 238CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/19/2005

Best known for his electronic deconstructions of traditional instrumental music, Montreal-based Mitchell Akiyama's fourth and most ambitious solo recording is a sprawling work that bristles, burns and slouches with emotion. Small Explosions That Are Yours To Kee came into being at the twilight edges of composition and digital manipulation and sets billowing strings drifting around household gamelans while shimmering guitars drown in saxophone waves. Since his debut release on Alien8 Recordings, Hope That Lines Don't Cross (SR 209CD), Akiyama's music has been a study in fiction and texture. He records compositions and improvisations for piano, strings, and other instruments, and restructures them in his studio in a post-facto montage. Playing on the distortions in causality that recording technology can effect, Akiyama creates music that lays claim to a moment of creation that never happened. Located somewhere in the interstices of classical, electronic composition and post-rock, his works vacillate between delicate melodies and confrontational bursts of noise.