"Catastrophe Point #5" is the latest in Kuwayama Kiyoharu’s signature series of compositions that explore the charged, mysterious atmosphere of disused industrial sites. For this album, Lethe turns his attention to an abandoned warehouse by a pier in his hometown of Nagoya, Japan, using objects discovered in situ to perform a ritual of sonic resurrection. He brings a dead space back to life, giving it a voice and allowing it to speak. Metal chains, sheet metal, broken machinery, and factory debris are bowed, struck, and dragged across the concrete floors of the massive hall, reverberating and responding as Kuwayama and his microphones scuttle across the desolate terrain. Growling cello and unstable horns underscore the torrents of percussive clatter. "Catastrophe Point #5" is a haunting album of volatile, malevolent ambiance.
released November 1, 2009
Sound materials recorded at No.20 warehouse [disused grain warehouse in front of Nagoya sea port], Oct. 11th-13th 2003.
Cover design by Mike Shiflet. Art by Kiyoharu Kuwayama.