An accomplished, renowned modern composer and instrumentalist, Oliveros, on treated accordion, guides the delicate forms, nuance, and development through this CD. New age fans take note: This is not consonant background nature sound. Masaoka plays koto, a traditional Japanese 13-stringed instrument dating back to the seventh century. It’s not clear how all of the sounds on this recording are generated, but there are indeed a lot of sounds. Masaoka is also a sound/installation artist who utilizes aspects of nature, such as plant activity, insect movement, model trains, and laser interfaces. So, whether or not she views the rhythm of nature or organic growth as inspiration for her work, it is clear that she incorporates the linear, horizontal, and vertical movement that occurs in nature—without dwelling too hard on the synchronization suggested by Fibonacci.
However, in the music and sounds presented here one hears the suggestion of chaos begetting order, and order bringing chaos on any (or often no) scale, so to speak. And that’s what really happens in nature, if you pay attention. www.deeplistening.org.