Curating The Week: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Clocks And The Body, And Chris Watson

1. An interview with Ryuichi Sakamoto.

“It was one of my uncles who is a big music lover and record collector. Since the age of three or four I often visited his room to play his piano and pick some vinyl records to play. The first music I got really into was Bach. I was impressed with the music of counterpoint, with its way of writing. After that I studied harmony and counterpoint. All these experiences deeply affected me in the way of thinking and expressing music. I always think about music horizontally and vertically at the same time. Also, to me, it’s very important the connections of harmony in time which is two-dimensional. Because similar to language, a meaning would be totally different if you change the syntax. The same thing happens in music.”

2. An article about how the clock has affected the human body.

“The clock’s ubiquity legitimized time discipline and naturalized it, making it banal and commonsensical. It made sure that no one escaped the tempo.”

3. An interview with sound recordist Chris Watson about the connections between human music making and the sounds of the natural world.

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