Continental Crust //

Album label: 
Release date: 
01/03/2005
Recording date: 
Sunday, April 18, 2004
Artwork design: 
Stoffer Ganes
Recording engineer: 
Thomas Hukkelberg
  • 1. Downgoing Slab (02:59)
  • 2. Semi Rigid Lower Mantle (09:09)
  • 3. Young Oceanic Crust (12:00)
  • 4. Eurasian Plate (12:22)
  • 5. Mid-Atlantic Ridge (10:54)
  • 6. Spor 06 (04:58)

About Continental Crust

Continental Crust by Yumiko Tanaka and Ivar Grydeland is slightly folk-inspired acoustic sound improvisations captured in Osaka in April 2004.

Liner notes

This music was composed and recorded at the venue Bridge in Osaka on April 17th 2004. Bridge is located high above the ground in the middle of the amusement park called Festival Gate - right between slot machines and the big roller coaster. I don't think Festival Gate is Osaka's hot spot, the park is nearly empty, but Bridge is a nice and spacious venue. With relatively small acoustic instruments we tried to fill Bridge with sound and music that we find interesting. Meanwhile, we could see the roller coaster passing by every now and then - we could also hear it, and feel it. The whole building would shake each time it passed by, like a small earthquake. Maybe this wasn't the perfect recording situation, but listening to the music now I feel it gained an identity of it's own. The music on this CD somehow made me think of plate tectonics.

Ivar Grydeland, Oslo, November 2004

Reviews

Down Beat

«Norwegian guitarist Grydeland makes an impressive boundadry-erasing sound with Tanaka, who plays Japanese futozao shamisen. In this free-improv session, recorded in a venue near an amusement park (a roller coaster os sporadically audible), the players forge dynamic interplay of nasal, damped strings and tangled, ringing harmonics that´s exhilaratingly jagged and tactile.»

Peter Margasak

Aftenposten

«Gitaristen Ivar Grydeland har vært i Japan og spilt med Yumiko Tanaka som trakterer shamisen, en blanding av lutt og banjo. De to later til å dele retningssans og kler hverandre godt. De dekker et vidt spekter med sparsomme virkemidler. Enkelte partier kjemper litt med døden, men «Continental Crust» viser at Grydeland utvikler selvstendighet, i retning av det betydelige.»

Arild Andersen

Signal To Noise

«This is music about submerging identity, whether in the free interaction of sound, floating high in space in an aged amusement park or diving in the oceanic imagination to the earth's shifting plates. It's music of compelling delicacy and rigor-especially striking when Tanaka plays and sings the traditional «Hidakagawa Iriaizakura» in the midst of an extended improvisation-but it feels resilient, not fragile, with a poetry all its own.»

Stuart Broomer

Revue & Corrigée

«Le duo favorise nettement, au-delà du choc des timbres et des ruptures rytmiques, la fluidité des sonorités, privilégie l'acoustique et limite les effets sonores aux raclements, pincements, frottements et frappements des cordes et de leur support respectif.»

Pierre Durr

THE WIRE

«This is a very successful duo improvisation record – lively communication between the musicians, but enough distance between their approaches to generate healthy tension, so that they achieve unanimity it's worth a lot.»

Clive Bell

Panorama

«Men gir man seg hen til duoens lydbilder mister man nesten pusten; de to blir nesten synlige for lytteren i det hvert anslag på strengene føles sterkt på kroppen. (...) Continental Crust er blitt et album som føyer seg pent inn i rekken av milepæler fra selskapet – la oss håpe dette vil fortsette i lang, lang tid.»

Mats Johansen

Infratunes

«Réaction assez intelligente pour refuser toute surenchère, l'émulsion réussit. D'incantations habitées en résonances vaporeuses, Yumiko Tanaka et Ivar Grydeland ont révélé ensemble les contours d'un tellurisme en musique, ressenti à deux un folk angoissé qu'envahit un Nô future.»

Grisli

PULS

«Klangbildene som oppstår mellom Grydelands akustiske gitar og de tradisjonelle japanske instrumentene er intet mindre enn unike. (...) Ivar Grydeland lykkes med å skape et unikt møte med en unik medspiller.»

Tor Hammerø