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Symbol

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Long Long Silk Bridge
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Purple Rose Minuet
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Traveller In The Wonderland
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Song Of The Sleeping Forest
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The Plateau Which The Zephyr Of Flora Occupies
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Fairy Dance Of Twinkle And Shadow
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Flaming Love And Destiny
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The Dying Black Swan
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Blue Sky And Yellow Sunflower
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Capricco And The Innovative Composer
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I Close The Door Upon Myself
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Symbol Of Life, Love And Aesthetics
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Music From The Lake Surface
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 45:29

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i have to go with Achilles on this...

tigerdare

Yes, of course this album is beautiful, but so would a mix cd of all the classical pieces Yokota uses (exploits is on the tip of my tongue, but I'll stop short of accusations). It just irks me to hear such long, unedited cuts of cliche pieces which bear so much emotional portent when they stand alone.. when paired with his additions, they're rendered nearly indigestibly cloying. But it's beautiful, yes. If you don't have a strong background in classical music, maybe it won't bother you as much.

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Nice, but...

Achilles

I think that some electronic musicians get too much credit for sampling classical music. In track 12 he takes the adagietto from Mahler's 5th then rips (not samples) the music from Morricone's soundtrack to The Mission. Artists like Murcof or Gas, on the other hand, use the sound of classical samples but not the music.

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musicmoggy

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Beautiful

sevenbaby87

My review title says it all for me. Just a beautiful album.

They Say All Music Guide

Possibly the most unique item within Susumu Yokota’s highly idiosyncratic oeuvre, Symbol finds the multifaceted Japanese electronica master defying and muddying genre distinctions to create sui generis compositions of considerable beauty and strangeness. That’s not exactly new territory for Yokota, but this time there’s a gimmick: the album is consists primarily of fragments taken from classical pieces, many of them highly familiar, if not always readily identifiable, by the likes of Debussy, Rachmaninov, and Beethoven — with a particular reliance on Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” — as well as bits of more recent works by John Cage and Meredith Monk, whose unearthly voice becomes a focal point for several of these tracks. But while Yokota cuts, pastes, and plunders the world of art music with a palpable exuberance akin to the mash-up artists, his contemporaries, who were doing similar things with pop, the results are more nuanced than merely novel. Nor is it entirely out of step with his previous work — it’s not as serenely ambient as the beloved Sakura (though it is generally quite soothing), and it certainly has little to do with his various dance-oriented releases, but it retains the meticulous, multilayered compositional approach of albums like Grinning Cat and The Boy & the Tree. And although the presence of electronics is kept relatively understated, the elements with which Yokota weaves together his mad grab-bag of orchestral motifs, frolicsome fragments of flute and piano, and stately string passages (there are sometimes as many as seven classical samples in a single four-minute piece) will be immediately familiar to his listeners: subtly burbling beats, wordless ethereal vocals, vaguely Asian-sounding percussion loops (as well as a marimba ostinato that could pass for a Steve Reich sample). Indeed, without the obviously recognizable nature of his sample sources (which, depending on your perspective, could be a source of distraction or a point of engagement), it would be difficult to distinguish many of these pieces from “standard” Yokota compositions — a feat which is in itself quite an accomplishment. That it’s also a fascinating and rewarding listen, and an undeniably gorgeous bit of craftsmanship, arguably elevates Symbol to near the level of its inspirations, or at least positions it as a curious bridge between too-often estranged musical worlds. – K. Ross Hoffman

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