Wavespan & Nobuto Suda
For our final release of 2012, we have what might be the single most inspiring and epic piece of music ever released on Kikapu. Wavespan and Nobuto Suda have joined forces to create a single song consisting of various instrumentations, field recordings and drones along with a long list of musical guests adding their own input to the piece, combining their particular elements into the greater whole. What emerges from a long gestation of recording and production is an incredibly original and unique ambient work. We hope everyone who is a fan of music downloads and enjoys this release for years to come, as we feel it is truly something special. Thanks for another great year of music; we look forward to returning in the spring with more great releases here on Kikapu.
Below is a statement from the artists explaining the process of creating After the Rain, and is well worth the read to appreciate all of the time and effort that has gone into this piece.
After hearing his release, Bottom of Pocket, on the Rural Colours netlabel, Wavespan (USA) contacted Nobuto Suda (Japan) about a possible collaboration. On March 4, 2011 – one week before the Tōhoku earthquake devastated Japan – Wavespan received several ambient guitar drones and field recordings, which were almost complete works in their own right. To create additional harmonic complexity, Wavespan added his own guitar and harmonium drones to the piece, and layered some additional field recordings from Mystified. For the rhythmic aspect, Wavespan created a beat from Japanese taiko drum samples, sleigh-bells, and glitches derived from insect clicks. At this point he brought in long-time friend and guitarist, Gerard Egan, to add some melodic lead guitar phrasing to the piece.
Despite the fact that the music was now over 30-minutes in length, Wavespan still felt something was lacking; he asked Jason Wehmhoener to contribute percussion from a Korg Wavedrum, and eventually stumbled upon a Creative-Commons recording of “Restless Legs” by the Rick Jensen Quartet. To create more movement, Wavespan programmed additional rhythmic loops that were processed, chopped-up and layered on top of the drum and percussion samples. At this point, it had been over a year since he had received the original recordings from Nobuto Suda.
To complete the piece, Wavespan played a number of different basslines, until he finally found one he liked. After several more months of subtle tweaking and mixing, he called on producer and engineer, Brody Bergholz to complete the mix. Bergholz added additional processing, engineering expertise, and mastering to the project. Wavespan and Nobuto Suda are delighted to see the completion of this international collaboration, and its release on Kikapu.
Guitars & Field Recordings: Nobuto Suda
*Contains a sample of “Restless Legs” by the Rick Jensen Quartet, used with permission.
Photo credits: joka2000
Cover image: Dandelion Again (CC By 2.0)
Back cover: Petunia Petals (CC By 2.0)