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MAYUZUMI Toshirō / 黛 敏郎


"Mandara" by electronic sound and voice / 電子音響と声による「まんだら」 / Denshi onkyo to koe ni yoru Mandara

Birth Y: 1929-1997 Birth C: JAPAN Gender: Male

Dest: Concert

Media Specification: tape

First perf.: NHK-FM, March 22, 1969.

Duration: 10:24

Perf. Country: JAPAN

Instruments: tape (2 ch.)

Setup: NHK Electronic Music Studio; January-March, 1969.

Prog. notes: MANDARA for electronic sounds and voices dates from 1969. The title which is borrowed from the vocabulary of Buddhism, evokes the idea of the uncertainty of things here on earth. The work is divided into two sections. The first is composed basically of brief, shrill electronic impulses; toneless sounds gradually impose the sensation of deep breathing, which effects a transition to the second section of the work [From Philips 6740 001] This is made up of complex vocal polyphony, in which murmurs, cries, and ordinary speaking are blended with typically Japanese melodic inflections.

Editor: M.B., Koji Kawasaki, Tamamo Nagai