Chihei Hatakeyama is a sound artist and musician living on the outskirts of Tokyo. He has performed for years under his given name and also as one half of the electroacoustic group Opitope, along with Tomoyoshi Date. Hatakeyama polychromes memory-evoking soundscapes with various recorded materials of electric, acoustic instruments such as electric guitars, vibraphone and piano. His releases are on Kranky, Room 40, Under The Spire, Hibernate Records, Magic Book Records, Home Normal, Own Records And Spekk (as Opitope)
The song was composed with an old Alpha Juno analog synth and a modular synth. I recorded a number of improvisations to make sure that the minimalist playing would hold up with a minimum number of notes. I’ve summarised the most outstanding performances for this piece. The subtle melody is influenced by the melody of Angelo Badalamenti, who I listened to when writing this piece.
This has become one of the most important albums of my life. It’s essence is indescribable. Every sound from the start of the record through the end is placed delicately and with care. The album cover is by Julie Mehretu. It’s absolutely an incredible release for which I shall be eternally grateful. Aniket