solstice

Solstice is composer/performer Koji Asano’s label and the primary outlet for his recorded work. For more information about this label, go to www.kojiasano.com.

KOJI ASANO Absurd Summer (SOLSTICE030)

Eleven electronic soundscapes.

KOJI ASANO Autumn Meadow (SOLSTICE021)

“An electronic drone with wave-like dynamics. Beautifully sculpted lows, with high-pitched tones woven over and around a mass that pulses forward, recedes, attacks and decays, rises up, drifts by... A very involving listen.”






KOJI ASANO Avalanches (SOLSICE011)

KOJI ASANO Baroque Ensemble, No.1-No.5 (SOLSTICE042)

Ensemble DENEB: Ayumi Matsuda, Recorder;
Lucas van Heldingen, Oboe;
Arwen Bouw, Violin;
Maria Sanchez Ramirez, Cello;
Ere Lievonen, Harpsichord.

KOJI ASANO Caffeine (SOLSTICE002)

From 1995. “Quiet and sensitive but very strong and deep world.”







KOJI ASANO Celeste (SOLSTICE005)

63 tracks (totaling 60 minutes) of unedited solo piano improvisation. The tracks “can each be listened to separately, like one great room with 63 different doorways.”






KOJI ASANO CREVASSES (SOLSTICE025)

73-minute electronic work.

"One day, the music image came to me, as cruising boat around north pole, going through ice fields, which has many layers of various ages.” (KA)




KOJI ASANO The End Of August (SOLSTICE022)

“A long-lost memory of a once-heard piano is brought back on a late summer evening’s breeze. Propelled by a surging melancholia, surrounded on all sides by the beautiful, buzzing hum of life lived. Experiential and experimental. Lyrical and lovely.”

KOJI ASANO Final Insurance — Collection Vol 2: 1992-1994 (SOLSTICE038)

Selected works from 1992-1994.







KOJI ASANO Flow-Augment (SOLSTICE12)

Koji Asano Ensemble

Three pieces for string ensemble. Recorded in concert at Hokutopia Hall, Tokyo, 1999.

“In the daily life, there're many sounds around us. When I open my ears, I realized that the river of music or musical thing is always flowing side by. While I'm working on compose, I feel that this river is going to overflow and it soak me. FLOW-AUGMENT happened to come from this wet.” (KA)

KOJI ASANO Fret (SOLSTICE006)

Ten tracks of synthesized and sampled sound from 1997.

KOJI ASANO The Giant Squid — Collection Vol 1: 1997-1998 (SOLSTICE035)

This CD has contains a great variety of music—from noisy electric music to melodic piano music.

KOJI ASANO Gondola Odyssey (SOLSTICE032)

Recorded in Barcelona, 2003.

KOJI ASANO GRAVITY (SOLSTICE003)

DRUMS: HISASHI NAGATA; COMBO ENSEMBLE: ISAO OTAKE; GUITARS: KOJI ASANO. From 1996.

KOJI ASANO JANUARY RAINBOW (SOLSTICE027)

Sophisticated electro-acoustic atmospheres.

KOJI ASANO The Last Shade Of Evening Falls 1/4 (SOLSTICE016)

68-minute first part of the four-part, 260-minute work The Last Shade Of Evening Falls. The original sound sources, violin and contrabass, are reconstructed and recomposed via comuter processing. “It's an amazingly beautiful, fascinating monumental project.”





KOJI ASANO The Last Shade Of Evening Falls 2/4 (SOLSTICE017)

60-minute second part of the four-part, 260-minute work The Last Shade Of Evening Falls. The original sound sources, violin and contrabass, are reconstructed and recomposed via comuter processing. “It's an amazingly beautiful, fascinating monumental project.”

KOJI ASANO The Last Shade Of Evening Falls 3/4 (SOLSTICE018)

67-minute third part of the four-part, 260-minute work The Last Shade Of Evening Falls. The original sound sources, violin and contrabass, are reconstructed and recomposed via comuter processing. “It's an amazingly beautiful, fascinating monumental project.”

KOJI ASANO The Last Shade Of Evening Falls 4/4 (SOLSTICE019)

65-minute fourth part of the four-part, 260-minute work The Last Shade Of Evening Falls. The original sound sources, violin and contrabass, are reconstructed and recomposed via comuter processing. “It's an amazingly beautiful, fascinating monumental project.”

KOJI ASANO Momentum (SOLSTICE014)

Three acoustic-electric works. All sounds were created by two loudspeakers (woofers) and the air pressure from their movement. Two microphones were put inside of the speakers and directly touch them to make sound of moving. Those movements were amplified again and again by controlling the mixer and changing the position of microphones.





KOJI ASANO Monsoon (SOLSTICE010)

“Put pencils and small plastic balls in grand piano, but not directly touching the piano strings, like Prepared-Piano. They resonate when the piano is played.”

KOJI ASANO OCTOPUS BALLOONS (SOLSTICE028)

Electronic music recorded in Barcelona, 2002.

KOJI ASANO Pheormone (SOLSTICE004)

Fifteen tracks of music for piano, alto recorder, guitars and synthesizers. Recorded in Japan, 1996.

KOJI ASANO Piano Suite Vol.1 — Fitness Club (SOLSTICE031)

Isao Otake, piano

Solo piano music: 20 small pieces with a total time of 19'19".

KOJI ASANO Preparing For April (SOLSTICE013)

Six tracks of piano music from 2000.







KOJI ASANO Quoted Landscape (SOLSTICE020)

KOJI ASANO Rabbit Room Reservation Center (SOLSTICE040)

New electro-acoustic works. 






          

KOJI ASANO Sanctuary on Reclaimed Land (SOLSTICE036)

This work was composed during the Open-Studio Exhibition Series at Osaka Arts-Aporia in the Osaka Harbor Red Brick Warehouse in June 2004. The peculiar sound characteristics of the warehouse were made the best use of: Microphones collected piano sounds with many types of reflections. These sounds were amplified and computer-processed and, along with the piano, reproduced by speakers. Then the microphones again recorded all elements together, creating a unique soundscape.

KOJI ASANO A Second Dam (SOLSTICE023)

A 67-minute electronic work.

KOJI ASANO A Secret Path of Rain (SOLSTICE015)

“Sometimes the sounds are like the small steps of insects, sometimes like huge movements of the ground. Two tracks of soundart realized by computer synthesis.”






KOJI ASANO SPHERICAL MOSS FACTORY (SOLSTICE026)

For violin and double bass performed by Tomomi Tokunaga and Kentaro Suzuki.

KOJI ASANO Spirit Of The Wardrobe (SOLSTICE024)

The original sources—soundscape fragments—were taken from Asano’s backyard and then edited, compacted, refurbished, and improved to construct this 57-minute piece.

KOJI ASANO Spring Estuary (SOLSTICE039)

A collection of un-released short works from 1992-1994.

KOJI ASANO Suite for Organ and Recorders No.1 — "The Alien Power Plant" (SOLSTICE029)

Ayumi Matsuda, recorders, and Isao Otake, organ.

56-minute, 10-movement suite for organ and soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorders. Recorded in a church in Amsterdam, 2002.

KOJI ASANO Sunshine Filtering Through Foliage (SOLSTICE009)

“Playing just one analog synthesizer, I didn't record directly from equipment to recorder by line, because I wanted to record the resonance of many things in my studio (wood doors, glasses, bells. cups. desk, etc) … shaking things.”

KOJI ASANO Takoyakikun (SOLSTICE037)

Keyboard: Isao Otake; Guitar: Koji Asano; Drums: Hisashi Nagata.           

KOJI ASANO Vacant Land (SOLSTICE008)

“Created by many fragments of sound which I recorded in Riga, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. Like cutting trees from the woods, sounds from different time and place were gathered into single moments, creating new things.”

KOJI ASANO Violin and Viola Suites No.1-No.7 (SOLSTICE041)

Kumi Nakajima, violin; Masashi Sasaki, viola.

Asano was invited as a composer to Mittersill Composers Forum in Austria in 2004 Fall. During the forum he wrote a Violin and Viola Duo Piece *“No.1 Hollersbach” as he was inspired by Austrian Ensemble “Die Reihe”’s violinist Willem de Swardt and violist Ursula Kortschak. That was the origin of these suites. In 2005 April-May, he continued to compose No.2-No.7 as he was inspired by the beautiful sound by Kumi Nakajima, and a rich performance of Masashi Sasaki. *Hollersbach is a next town of Mittersill in Salzburg.

KOJI ASANO Wind Gauge (SOLSTICE034)

Asano's idea for this piece was to record acoustic instruments in the outside, to improvise with summer insects, like cicadas, which you find in summer in Japan.

KOJI ASANO You can't open the door because it's already open (SOLSTICE007)

“There was one old piano in a big room in an old castle in Puskin, Russia. Solo piano improvisation by Koji Asano were recorded with the doors and windows open. You can listen many sounds with the half-broken piano.”

KOJI ASANO Zoo Telepathy (SOLSTICE033)

Three electro-acoustic pieces that combine sound material from field recordings with violin played by the composer.