Merge by Ken Ikeda - Touch [T33.19] FLAC download included with physical items


A 11 track ambient album (47m 23s) — released September 22nd 2003 on Touch

Ken Ikeda is a musician and artist who has composed and recorded for David Lynch and for Moriko Mori, latterlyas part of the Royal Academy's 'Apocalypse' exhibition in 2001. He featured as part of Sonic Boom, at the Hayward Gallery, London in 2000. He has released two albums for Touch. The first, 'tzuki [Moon]' (Touch # T33.17, 2000), was strangely reminiscent of early Durrutti Column, hypnotic, dreamy and mystical. ['a breathtaking update of Eno's and Aphex's best chill-out soundtracks' 'both pleasing and haunting.'], Here a darker side to his work unfolds; although retaining Buddhist notions of circles and cycles and other natural laws and influences, here he contemplates nature's shadowy side. The title, 'Merge', has as its root 'to drown' or 'immerse' oneself, its current usage with regard to convergence or (business) partnership not recorded until 1926 (OED). The double-edged nature of this recording is also reflected by its entirely different aspect determined by whether one plays it at high or low volume. These notions are counterpointed by Jon Wozencroft's photography - merge, submerge - two small and uninhabited islands almost enveloped by the rising sea levels, juxtaposed with a view of New York's Upper East Side, taken from Central Park, skyscrapers swimming in the cloud cover...'

"Merge is a shimmering, stately cascade of high frequency oscillations whose quiet insistence and rich overtones draw the attentive listener irrevocably inwards." - The Wire

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