HARUO OKADA + FABIO PERLETTA – Genkai 限界
Translucent in sound, Haruo Okada and Fabio Perletta explore the subtle nuance of sound with “Genkai 限界”. Absolutely pristine the textures feel positively tactile in tone. Within this sonic environment it is the small gestures that are truly celebrated. Effortlessly combining elements of field recordings, microsound, and digital debris throughout the pieces hum with life. By opting for a bright and shiny approach to the sound the duo creates a fully engrossing world, letting the pieces breathe.
Mere murmurs introduce the delicate “Genkai 1-6”. A shimmering sound begins to emerge from the near silence. They let a light yet steady bass into the mix before eventually opting for the higher register pitches. From there pieces of the surroundings filter their way into the mix giving the textures greater depth. Pastoral in performance “Genkai 7-9” goes for a naturalistic sound. Exploration of space occurs throughout the piece as elements simply fade off into the horizon. On “Genkai 11 + 10” a Zen-like calm dominates the proceedings. Here even the slightest movement has a tremendous impact on the overall approach. Easily the highlight of the album is the transformative work of “Genkai 12 – 17 + 19” where musical instruments are woven into the mix further emphasizing the sound’s oftentimes fleeting nature. Closing it off in a contemplative mood is the serene introspective mood of “Genkai 18 + 20-21”.
Pure perfection, Haruo Okada and Fabio Perletta let the small sounds sing their song on “Genkai 限界”.