David Toop - Black Chamber
  Year :   2003
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   Album
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Sub Rosa SR205

  Work Details  
  The Black Chamber (kurodo) is a room where the emperor from Komatsu after his accession to the throne always cooked for himself, still remembering how in the past, when he was a private person, he had dabbled in cookery. They say it is called the Black Chamber because it has become sooty from kindling smoke. Essays In Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko (c. 1330-1332) Recorded, played and produced by David Toop† at the mythic The Bathosphere in autumn 2002, this record is† an important landmark in his work because its an accomplishement and a synthesis of many preoccupations from his whole artistic live. Presents in these sessions : Tom Recchion, Terry Day (Alterartion), Paul Burwell, Watanabe,† Lol Coxhill.... many of these musicians were the main protagonists of the London improvisation scene in the seventies. It included too some surprising field recordings in China and in his own garden in London ! The tonality, the general key, is very diverse with something japanese in the air, an important part of real instruments on a complexe electronic organization. Soft Cavities, Raw Mouth Shape, The Slapping Gun and Plume (inspired by the belgian Henri Michaux) are successful mix up of electronic devices and Coxhill s sax improvistions. Waxed Skin† and Poison Incense are very delicate micro-sound excercices (including time to time some acoustic instruments). Apartment Thunder and Ill-Faced Doll are a short erotic japanese movies. Silver Birds and Life In the Folds are field recordings in China and to be true it s hard to admit that Gored Fig Sacs was recorded in his own garden ! (but it is…). The very soft Blind Eel Priestess involved electronics and beautiful electric guitars. At least, Black Chamber is an amazing lynchian piece with his compelling part of guitar arpeggio. a splendor. Accessed 12.12.06 from http://www.subrosa.net/index_fr.htm