Recorded back in November 1996 at Moat Studios in London during the same sessions which brought about some of the Tokuma releases (Drawing Close, Attuning - The Respective Signs Of Order And Chaos), apparently. Features Bailey on electric guitar and Haino on vocals only. The two share a passion for the atonal, and a sense of humour - they called this record "Songs" after all.
Derek Bailey / electric guitar
Keiji Haino / vocals
Recorded November 1996. Recording and post-production at Moat Studios, London. Artwork by Haino. Design & layout by Karen Brookman.
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1. Yume Ga Ichiban Muchi - 2:19
2. 25 No Seimeitai - 2:43
3. Aru Kanashika No Juni - 4:41
4. 2 To Mugen No Torihiki - 0:52
5. Zen'i No Yokubo - 1:14
6. Boka Ga Nejirekireru To Ai - 2:10
7. Zureteyuku No Ha Watashi, Soretomo Ima - 1:57
8. Ten To Tomo Ni Ishoni Itagaru Shugo - 0:54
9. Egatai Kanashimi O Te Ni Ireta - 1:25
10. Chotto Burusu Ni Aisatsu - 1:11
11. Kotaerarenai Hazu Na No Ni - 4:09
12. Ichi O Tashikamete Kara... - 4:10
13. Fukuzatsu To Iu Zurusa - 4:19
14. Tsumasaki Kara No Keikoku - 2:17
15. Kikiakasarerarenai Koto - 2:27
16. Massugu Tte Kore De Ii No? - 5:22
Derek Bailey was one of the most influential and adventurous experimental guitarists to come from England (Sheffield), evolving out of the trad-jazz scene of the fifties into the avant/jazz scene in '60s London. By the late sixties he was a member of the Joseph Holbrooke Trio, Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Music Improvisation Company which later became the amorphous Company under his leadership. These groups were at the birth and center of the British free-jazz scene. In the early seventies, Derek Bailey and Evan Parker started their own record label called Incus Records - one of the first artist-run labels.
Although Derek played with members of the British free/jazz scene, he also forged relationships with a number of European players like Han Bennink & Peter Brötzmann, Japanese free players like Abe Kaoru, Toshinori Kondo, as well as American improvisers like Anthony Braxton, George Lewis and John Zorn to name a few.
Derek organized an annual festival called Company Week in the 80's & 90's, which brought together a unique group of international improvisers from varied backgrounds.
"He was a man who repelled pretension, refused to be shoehorned into comfortable categories, and played amazing guitar." - John Butcher
"I do not subscribe to the idea that free improvisation began or ends with any individual. This only suggests that somehow the music Derek made was so individualistic that it failed to communicate anything beyond personal expression." - Eddie Prevost
Keiji Haino's 30-year career has encompassed a dizzying range of approaches from wild, guitar-led ensemble rock and near-Neolithic drumming; live electronics, untutored explorations of lute and flute, to voice experiments and extended performances for gamelan and other percussion. He has also collaborated widely with the likes of Derek Bailey, Merzbow, Jim O'Rourke and Tony Conrad. Throughout, Haino has retained a visionary focus upon temporary suspension through noise (and silence) whilst refining a mercurial, highly distinctive method and an arrestingly dramatic on-stage presence that borrows the raiments of performance art.