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Artist: KOJO, HITOSHI
Title: Ezo
Format: 10"
Label: Alluvial
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"The title of the pieces of this record, Hiruko and Ebisu, are the two names of one mythical being in Japanese mythology. Hiruko is a firstborn child of the god, who was deserted in the sea, because he could not stand up by three years old. He drifted ashore to the land of human beings, and was cherished by the people. Then he was brought up as a god, and was worshipped by the people as Ebisu. Somehow I was haunted by the story all the time during the working period. Therefore the names naturally became the titles. Afterwards I knew that Ebisu is also an alias of Ezo which was the old name of northern part of Japan. So it was adopted as the album title. Although the theory that Ezo equate with Ainu seems to be disputed sometime, I chose the name as a tribute to my favorite Ainu mythologies, and to the folks. The image on the cover is Ebisu which has visited in my mind at the time. Although its quite different from the traditional image, the sound source of the pieces were all produced by found-object which were mostly found from daily commodities. The resonance of the inside of objects and the resonance of the recorded spaces were also treated as the material. The process to find an object which is usually not used as a musical instrument was considered as a part of the execution. Therefore the founders name of some of the objects were mentioned in the cover. Also the vinyl record was fatally chosen for the album as an object which must be worn and be degraded by the condition and the frequency of the use. The noises by dusts and surface scratches on the disk should be listened as a part of the piece". -Hitoshi Kojo.
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