LIBELLULA – (2) (mm 12)











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Individually, some of the members of Libellula have been active in the world of electro-environmental music for over 15 years. Collectively, the Libellula collaboration is a fascinating document which immerses the listener into an welcoming mélange of sound.


HOW IT CAME TO PASS:

The dragonflies of the night ended up once in a little shack on an Etruscan hill top - where did they come from - could it have been Japan, or some place in southern Utah, maybe they were gnomes lost south from their home an edge of an alpine lake, or perhaps they just appeared from nowhere. It isn't certain and probably doesn't matter.

This album entitled (2) was just what happened when the master was out of the workshop and the mice came out to play...

now what exactly is it?

Four years ago Sebastian Clinger, Hitoshi Kojo and Michael Northam did this single take 66min improvisation in the studio of Johannes Dimpflmeier. Libellula was what they called this spontaneous gathering in 2004. Numbers (1) & (3) exist as well - but that is best left kept for another day.

"Features primitive electronic trance-works that combine surrendered voids of almost-tone with tiny sounds, bowed objects, organic drones and a use of distant, partially obscured melodies that is extremely evocative. Kodama manage to reconcile physically transcendent drone work with a tactile earth ritual feel in a way that feels extremely psychedelic and more like a group playing live than some dull-minded loop station and backing tapes schtick. If you dig The Skaters and are especially attuned to communal improvisatory attempts at group levitation then this is surely your ticket.."
- David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue (from a review for Kodama, a duo of Michael Northam & Hitoshi Kojo whose release is on the ever fine Olde English Spelling Bee.)



MP3 SAMPLES:

EXCERPT 1
EXCERPT 2
EXCERPT 3
EXCERPT 4




Michael Northam’s webpage

Hitoshi Kojo’s webpage