The latest from Koji Asano is available free from Solstice, so if the humble and hypnotic field recordings that make up the heartâ€™s pulse of â€śGalaxies,â€ť I guess you can find solace in having saved a few bucks in checking it out. Â Too bad if that is the case, though: Asano reveals a rhythm of on-going conversations between beings and environments that is powerful and comforting. Â This is no â€śnatural soundsâ€ť tape designed to bore you out of your insomnia, though; this is interaction with a space, a time, and with the inhabitants of both.
Consisting of one sixty minute track, â€śGalaxiesâ€ť features most prominently the buzz of what sounds like crickets, and a lot of them. Â This becomes the basis for a trance experience, as the sounds of the day, the rain, the occasional bird or unnamed howl is heard. Â Everything seems to be working according to its own beat and routine; the recorder seems to be up close and directly within the environment, but apparently is being ignored. Â We are listening to what happens when no one is listening, or there to scare away the participants in the routine.
Koji Asanoâ€™s â€śGalaxiesâ€ť is an aural entry into a little universe within our own, maybe within our own backyard. Â It is no less a magnificent, unpredictable galaxy, with its own laws and rhythms.