Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Ecophony Gaia
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Geinoh Yamashirogumi is a Japanese musical collective founded in 1974 consisting of hundreds of people from all walks of life. They are known for both their faithful re-creations of folk music from around the world, as well as their fusion of various traditional musical styles with modern instrumentation and synthesizers. The success of their 1986 album Ecophony Rinne brought them to the attention of Japanese film director Katsuhiro Ōtomo, who commissioned them to create the soundtrack of Akira.
The introduction of field recordings makes Ecophony Gaia the collective's most powerful recording. Rhythms that sound like water coursing downstream, electronic layers that hum, string instruments that hover like atmosphere, wind instruments that mimic breath, and the powerful sound of communal chant -- those all constitute the ecosystem of Ecophony Gaia.
Heavyweight double LP reissued by Japanese record label Invitation.