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He's done a few in this vein (Sakura, The Boy and the Tree, Laputa), all good.
A great one of his is Symbol: all the tracks are made up of samples from classical music. You end up recognising little passages and motifs from wherever, because we've all heard tons of classical music, even if only subconsciously (on telly or whatever). The album feels instantly familiar as a result, and it's gorgeous. It's like the Endtroducing of classical.
haven't listened to it for ages
and I've listened to it a fair bit this year, actually. It's Sakura I've not put on for aaaages.
Might rectify that.
nice stuff, cheers
I think I'll stick Kaliedoscope on when I get in tonight
I adore it. Has a kind of magical, transportive quality to it that's hard to put into words without sounding wanky, but listening to it just takes me places. It almost sounds like it could score a Studio Ghibli film, if that film happened to be a tad more subversive and mature than you'd be accustomed to see from Miyazaki. Love Bird is my favourite track.
I got into Susumu in 2005 via Symbol, which was the album that essentially opened the Japanese music floodgates and introduced to me all the great bands and artists from that region that I listen to now. That all stems from Symbol, and after clamouring for more, Grinning Cat was probably the second or third album I heard by him. He's wildly inconsistent, and releases a lot of sub-par stuff, but his output is so busy that it's easy to forget the dirge and focus on the good releases.
Other great Susumu Yokota albums...
Symbol (masterpiece #2)
Sakura (masterpiece #3)
Sound of Sky (very techno-y though; be warned)