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Tell-tale Pulsations: Laraaji Picks His 13 Favourite Albums
David Stubbs , November 15th, 2017 12:03

From the Faces Of The Christ to the Sounds of Nature, ambient master Laraaji picks the 13 albums that shaped him


Tetsou Inoue - World Receiver

I did a little work with Tetsu in the 1980s. He’d send me a track of two of his as he was working on them. I find his music very mystical but also very surreal, the way he uses environmental sounds and found human sounds. To work with, well, he was Japanese but lived in New York for a while. He’s a very pleasant fellow, very experimental. He was sampling my zither; he exposed me to the possibilities of sampling my instrument in that way. Collaborations like this, and more recently with Sun Araw, really help me clamber out of the box I’m working in. So Sun Araw drew out a jazzier aspect from my playing, rather than the pretty serene stuff I’m more known to. Occasionally you need a little staccato, a little chaos.

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