sogetsu #1 and #3: detailed background notes to the compositions

landschaft 021 and 035a

Available to listen to and buy at Bandcamp

Release date #1: 21 July 2021; #3 23 December 2023

Format: digital download. Artwork and typography by Landschaft.

sogestsu #1 The work explained

This archive work originated around 2007 and I rediscovered it in a review of my sound and visual works. The cover art is a photograph of sogetsu taken in the Brisbase Gallery of Modern Art in 2017. The sound piece languished years waiting for the magical association with sogetsu to arrive. I remastered the work and segmented the original 2 hour work to six parts.

Sogetsu is the modern re-imagination of traditional ancient 'ikebana', the Japanese art of flower sculpture. A less formalised expression of the art. The cover art is of the vertical vase form, 'Nageire'. I have more to say, artistically, about sogetsu and have suffixed this work #1 in anticipation of future works. To see sogetsu in an appropriate setting was for me a mind opening experience.

sogestsu #3 The work explained

This aleatoric (chance music) happened as I was constructing a new Absynth patch. It lent itself well to some controlled randomisation; triggers of notes in an ascending phrigian scale. THere are just three layers - 2x effected (granularised) brass and a shifting undercurrent drone. This work sits very well within my harmonius sogetsu theme. An empty room but for one white chrysanthamum.