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Takehisa Kosugi

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4.48 | 18 ratings | 4 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

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1. Mano Dharma (26:32)
2. Wave Code (22:27)

Total time 48:59

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Line-up / Musicians

- Takehisa Kosugi / violin, voice, radio, oscillators

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LP CBS/Sony SOCM-88 (1975)

CD World Psychedelia WPC6 8506 (2007)

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TAKEHISA KOSUGI Catch Wave ratings distribution


4.48
(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
22%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (17%)
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Collectors/fans only (22%)
22%
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Review by philippe
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5 stars I'm really happy to present this artist to the archives because I consider him as one of the greatest in contemporary experimental electronic music. After being in touch with the fluxus movement during his early 60's years, Takehisa Kosugi formed the neo-shamanic pych-freafout droning ensemble Taj Mahall Travellers. Published in 1975 Catch Wave figures among his first solo efforts. The music delivers a rather a similar extatic musical voyage to Taj Mahall Travellers' esoteric improvisations but in this solo project, Kosugi focuses his interest on voluminous deep electronic textures. Different frequences and electronic tones accompany his ethereal, minimal amplified violin improvisations. The result is astonishing, a sonic poetry, constantly beautiful and beatific. The two epic performances published on Catch Wave represent cosmic- psychedelica at its best. Mano Dharma features magical, intergalactic, supernatural programming strings and buzzing spaced out drones. Put on a high volume and played on a good hi fi sound system, this composition will propulse you in an other galaxy. Wave Code takes back the same schema with the add of cosmic, mad-LSD voices and noises that finally progress into a ritual-like electronic amplified chant. A fantastic, attractive, abstract instrumental listening. Mesmerizing and so recommended.

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Review by stefro
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5 stars One of those rare albums of a rather brilliant nature, 1975's 'Catch Wave' found the experimental Japanese electric-violinist Takehisa Kosugi going it alone after his five year stint as head of the similarly-intoned Taj Mahal Travellers. Nicely described by one critic as 'existensial drone music', Kosugi's work both with-and-without group has always been of a very spartan and experimental nature, and about as far from conventional forms of rock & pop as one can really get. A similar touchstone could be the synthesized soundscapes of Klaus Schulze's 1970's albums or the earlier electro- moans of Terry Riley and Steve Reich, yet somehow Kosugi transcends even these stylistic boundaries; truly, there is nothing quite like 'Catch Wave'. Rare is the album that simply cannot be stopped or paused, even for a miscrosecond, yet the quivering, rolling and vibrating strains of Kosugi's phaser-laced violins simply transfix you and take hold, drifting seamlessly along a single unbroken line for what seems like a blissful eternity. Very much like a certain psychotropic experience musicians and artists are known to enjoy, 'Catch Wave' is a pure and dramatic experience of a deeply transcendental nature. Quite extraordinary, utterly engrossing and all consuming. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2013

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars On Catch-Wave, Takehisa Kosugi's skillfully warped and manipulated violin tones acquire a drone-based electronic quality reminiscent of a visitor from the universe of Tangerine Dream's Zeit. It's a masterful and powerful effect, and whilst both Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze had kind of thoroughly mined this particular vein already, Kosugi is still able to craft a few gems which will pique the interest of folks interested in proto-Berlin School electronic music featuring a non-electronic instrument or two. File alongside the various Fripp and Eno albums in the "I didn't know you could make that instrument sound like that" section. Four stars, just about.

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5 stars Takehisa Kosugi - the main member of the mystical and psychedelic Taj Mahal Travellers came up with the goods big style on this release. Kosugi formed the Japanese equivalent of the Fluxus movement in the early 60's with his 'Group Ongaku' and later went on to create one of my all time favour ... (read more)

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