Exposé Online banner

Barton Rage / Toshinori Kondo — Realm II - Parallax
(Din Chamber, 2016, DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2016-09-12

Realm II - Parallax Cover art

With his second Realm offering, electronic artist Barton Rage teams up with trumpet player Toshinori Kondo, and the result is perhaps even better than Realm I, which featured Bill Laswell as the collaborator. Not that the music is greatly different in approach or even overall sonic impression — it’s just that Kondo’s trumpet provides a more distinctive contrast to the electronic setting. I’m reminded a bit of the wonderful Infolding by Spin Marvel. Realm II is slightly less energetic than Spin Marvel, but Kondo’s trumpet is treated similarly to Nils Petter Molvær’s was. Kondo has long been a pioneer in applying effects and treatments to his instrument, and the trumpet seems to be well suited to manipulation, something about the tone and range of the instrument just works. I mentioned this to a sax player friend of mine the other day, and he pointed out that because of how the trumpet is played (with the lips vibrating in a mouthpiece), musicians are forced to put space into their music to rest their lips, whereas sax players can blow forever without getting tired, and often do — to the detriment of the music. That’s as may be, but the spacious nature of Kondo’s playing is definitely one of the appeals here. At times the music grooves along nicely with a jazzy feel, and at other times it’s blissed-out ambient floating. All in all, quite an enjoyable listen, but I wonder what would happen if Rage put both Laswell and Kondo on the same piece... But maybe that's reserved for the Realm megamix collection at the end of the series.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Barton Rage, Toshinori Kondo

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Sándor Szabó / Kevin Kastning - Resonance & Parallel Crossings – These are two collections of duos featuring New England based Kevin Kastning and Hungarian born guitarist Sándor Szabó, the latter with a number of previous releases to his credit. The...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues