Anne-F Jacques & Takamitsu Ohta – Two Forms of Contact [CS]

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Anne-F Jacques & Takamitsu Ohta – Two Forms of Contact [CS]

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Label: more mars team

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

Anne-F Jacques’ name is one I’m always happy to see, as every document of her carefully engineered networks of clockwork electroacoustics is a rewarding listen that occupies a tricky space between automatic music, improvisation, sculpture, and outsider hobby shop. On the other end of the table is Takamitsu Ohta, who might be less well known in the world of sound (at least in terms of recordings), however his work in the fields of design and amateur geology foretells solid chemistry. While “Mine” has a sense of urgency sparked by the respective performers propensity to let loose with their trustiest of tools, “Yours” finds its groove at a more leisurely, exploratory pace of cooking in someone else’s kitchen. A refreshing take on the hot new duo format— the trading of objects is a nice little office icebreaker. Since this is a dutifully mic’d event, a tangible air of movement and work smooth out the patterns that start to drift into locked groove territory. To that effect, Ohta’s tapes float freely around the room, adding some flare to the shuffling mineral foundation. Percolating gravel, miniaturized construction sites, spokes stuffed silly with bric-a-brac: the finest of elegant scrapheaps.

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Anne-Françoise Jacques is a canadian composer and performer from Quebecis. She is interested in amplification, erratic devices and construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems. She is using low technology, trivial objects and rough sounds, prodused by rotation, objects and amplification, most of them are custom made.

Takamitsu Ohta is a contemporary artist, Born in Osaka, Japan. He is using material from the exact place and builds his own works. By a process of transformation, he makes things visible that everyone knows of, but doesn’t pay particular attention to in daily life. He features sound recordings and cassette loops.

“Two forms of contact with objects” is a colaboration between Anne-Françoise Jacques and Takamitsu Ohta, recorded in Koyoto, 2014. On side A, each performer uses their own objects. On side B, they use the other one’s objects.