Concrete Scores - Soundtracks for Makino Takashi

by Rutger Zuydervelt

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Takashi Makino has been making films since 1997. He graduated from the Cinema Department of Nihon University College of Art in 2001 before studying under the Quay Brothers in London. Since 2005, he has been involved in an ongoing collaboration with Jim O’Rourke (please see the 2010 2xDVD "Film Works Vol. 1 With Jim O'Rourke").

Rutger Zuydervelt and Takashi Makino met in 2008 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2008 where Takashi's "Elements of Nothing" was nominated for the Tiger Award. They collaborated on a project called "In Your Star" where Rutger played a live soundtrack to Takashi's film of the same name. Rutger later recorded a studio version of this piece and released it as ‘Apollo’’ on his ‘Veldwerk’ album (Cold Spring Records, 2011).

In 2015, Takashi invited Rutger to score his newest film ‘Cinéma Concret’. This film is Takashi Makino's cinematic answer to Pierre Schaeffer's Musique Concrète of 1946, and Rutger was the perfect candidate to provide the soundtrack. ‘Cinéma Concret’ had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2016, where it was nominated for a Tiger Award. At the end of 2016, Takashi produced a second version of ‘Cinéma Concret’ for an installation included in his solo exhibition at Hong Kong’s Empty Gallery. According to Rutger, "The film changed quite drastically, as did its score. Instead of the full-on intensity of the original, this new version became far more fleeting and calm. Definitely more suitable of a looped video installation, but also highlighting a more subtle form of beauty in the film."

Makino’s films are dense and hypnotic, similar to immersion in television static. The viewer will recognize shapes, landscapes or other images while also wondering if these things actually exist or are tricks of the mind. The films contain layers of microscopic details that can become overwhelming, especially on a theater screen. This is why Rutger Zuydervelt's music is perfectly synchronous. At first glance, his music, like Makino’s films, may appear to be static, but upon further inspection the listener will discover many layers with complex details.

Please enjoy at full volume.

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released July 20, 2017

Glistening Examples is pleased to present an audio document of the soundtracks to both versions of ‘Cinéma Concret’ beautifully mastered for digital presentation by Jason Lescalleet at Glistening Labs for maximum audio impact.

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