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OLAibi – 「Song of the taste」

All new work from OLAibi, a Japanese percussion-based experimental music project by AI from Osaka, an ex-member of OOIOO who regularly works with Takagi Masakatsu. In her music, OLAibi incorporates ancient Okinawan influences and melds electronics, steel drums, pianica, exotic percussion instruments and her voice into dizzying technicolor dream states. Since her childhood, AI was deeply inspired and mesmerized by Africa, and discovering Western African drums in later years mainly triggered her further musical activities. Using her manifold cross-cultural influences, she's created this deeply personal work, excavating her current feelings and sharing them with the outside world.

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Land where the water never dries up. Land where the soil is fertile.

These were the only conditions for me.

The earthquake. That attacked Japan.

I was looking for a place to dwell.

One day I stumbled upon an old estate agent man who gave me an old map.

“I’ve never been there but you go and have a look.”

I went there following the map, I got there but it didn’t seem right. It was a jungle. No space to enter.

I entered into the dark woods clipping the branches in front of me one by one with a nata sword which I had with me.

I had no idea where the borders were. It didn’t seem like there was no infrastructure.

I had no idea this jungle even would fulfil my conditions.

What sort of future had I imagined, I decided to live here to make this place my home.

It's my 9th year since I have lived here.

I can say that I live like a human.

I spend about £7 a month on electricity. It’s for some pendant lights to avoid insects and musical machines to work. And wifi to connect to the outside world.

At first I tried so hard to live harmoniously with nature.

I tried not to chop down trees and stopped cooking meat dishes.

After 8 years you finally realise that you change the organic system inevitably by simply just existing.

Only humans cannot fit in this world.

And I cry from the sadness and helplessness.

We sway.

We are creatures that sway.

We try to adjust to fit in this world finding the harmonious point swaying.

That made me feel less tearful and got up to live for the next day.

I name all my music of food or flavour.

Not to forget that everything I make is given from nature.

The languages I chose in my music I call them -Fate community language.

I mix up and use the phonetic of all the different foreign languages,

And all I have to do is to follow the word souls and my instinct.

- OLAibi

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OLAibi - all music & recording

Written & recorded in spring 2020

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Artwork design by Oliver Barrett

Tracklisting:
 
1- 「germs of grasses」(03:23)

2 -「yellow seed」(01:36)

3 - 「roots grown swoll」(07:38)

4 - 「freshly sweetness」(03:50)

5 - 「round  smooth stones」(02:26)

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水が枯れない地。肥えた土が地。
条件はそれだけ。
日本を襲った震災。そのあと、私は「住む場所」を探していた。
ある田舎の町の不動産屋に行ったとき、話しているうちに
主人から古い地図を渡される。「わしも行ったことないんだが
お前さん見ておいで」 
それらしき場所に着いたがあたりはジャングルで入る隙間もない。
持っていた鉈で枝打ちしながら少しずつ、光の入らない森へ入っていった。
どこからどこまでかもわからない、インフラもない。
条件を満たしているかもわからないジャングルを見て、なんの未来を
想像したのだろうか。
ここを住まいにしようと決めたのだった。
月日が流れ、9年目。少しは人間らしい生活をしている。
月に基本料金込みの1000円ほどの電気をつかう。
虫が寄らない程度のペンダントライトと音楽を作るためのスタジオの機械、
森の中にいてもみんなとの距離を保てるwifiの電源。そんなところだ。
最初は「自然との共存」に懸命だった。
木をなるべく切らないように家の中に木を入れ込んだり、肉料理をやめたり。
だけど、8年経つと嫌でも気付くことがある。
 自然の条理にどうしてもそぐ得ない、存在することで生態系を変えてしまっていることも
知ってしまう。人間は唯一の不調和動物なのだ、と。 悲しくて泣いてしまう。
だけど、だから人間は揺れるのだ、と。心が揺れながら調和しようとするのか。
そう思ったら泣いても、次の日も生きれた。
音楽には全て 食べ物や味の名前をつけることにしている。
作っている全てが自然からの恵みだということを知るために。
:楽曲の中の言葉は 「運命共同体語」と名付けている。
色々な国の言葉を一度全てカタカナに置き換えている。
あとは言霊と語感を辿るだけ。
OLAibi

OLAibi

OLAibi is a percussion-based experimental project from Osaka featuring AI of OOIOO . Their sound has Okinawan influences and incorporates instruments like steel drums and pianica.