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Juta Takahashi: Music for Urban Promenades (LR017)
Ambient music for urban promenades consisting of bell sound
The fourteenth album of Juta Takahashi, "Music for Urban Promenades", has been released in August, 2020. The album consists of one long-form ambient track.
1. Music for Urban Promenades (1:1:42)
"When I visited Yokohama, Japan in the early 2010s, I noticed I could intermittently hear a faint bell sound along the promenade of Queen's Square, an indoor shopping mall, at Minato Mirai. The sound out of hidden speakers along the promenade seemed to probably consist of clear rings of bells only, but it was refreshing and got along with the environment. Since I was impressed by the excellent ambience, I had been hoping to create more musical one. The outcome is this album, "Music for Urban Promenades". I produced the music as low-volume one. Please set the playing volume relatively low in accordance with each environment."
－ Juta Takahashi
Composed, arranged, produced and performed by Juta Takahashi
Recorded and mastered at Lunisolar Studio, Sendai, Japan
Released on August 5, 2020
Review by Bert Strolenberg on Sonic Immersion (August 12, 2020):
Taking inspiration from a collage of faint bell sounds heard inside an indoor shopping mall in Yokohama, Juta Takahashi decided to undertake his own environmental approach and create this continuous low volume ambience.
The outcome, the nearly 63-minute "Music for Urban Promenades", is a slow evolving tapestry of lush swirling sounds and dronescapes made with bells, analogue synths and contra bass. I especially like the soft glistening current running through the minimalist, calm (and occasionally even ethereal) aural slumber. It's too “active” though to call it meditative. Still, its mesmerizing, non-intrusive character makes time fade into the background almost unnoticed as the listener submerges into and is surrounded by its gentle, balanced sonic balm.
All in all "Music for Urban Promenades", light and transparent in nature, is something special that also works well in infinite playback mode. I'd recommend it to fans of Eno's longform releases especially.
"Music for Urban Promenades" is available as both factory pressed (glass mastered) CD, limited to 100 copies, and digital download.