The Oscillating 'Will' And The Flickering 'Self'
AMO SAT 03
"Amoebic's first CD release in two years is the first live album by Filament, the duo project of Sachiko M and Otomo Yoshihide, which was formed as a persistent laboratory of memory-free, post-sampling music. It includes their entire performance at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall on September 29, 2000." From Sasaki Atsushi's notes: "People listening to this CD for the first time may have trouble accepting the fact that this was a live performance before a large audience, so powerfully stoic is Filament's music. To the constant sound of subtly strengthening and weakening sine waves are added the intermittent miniscule sound of circuitry, and a dull mechanical hum (too soft for us to recognize its origin). From beginning to end hardly anything happens here, but at the same time an amazing number of events occur. If one were to give a name to this 'onkyo' of just under 30 minutes, the words composition, improvisation, and performance would probably all be too extreme. But all of these are included in this quiet phenomenon. When producing sound, even if one reduces as much as possible what is called 'self-consciousness', one can never completely eliminate it. This is because the 'I' that produces, decides to produce, and thinks about producing sound the 'I' that listens to, decides to listen to, and thinks about listening to sounds are always there. The minimal 'I' performing minimal 'listening' and 'sound production,' possessing a minimal 'will'...."