Raymond MacDonald, Satoko Fujii, Neil Davidson, Natsuki Tamura,
Tom Bancroft.


If Glasgow was one of the great centres of Art Nouveau, something of that was due to the liberating influence of Japanese styles, which delivered a kind of permission to Scottish artists and craftsmen to break down the academic perspective and naturalistic palette of the schools and examine ways of repositioning function and decoration within the creative form. Listening to these pieces, one is led to think in terms of a new ‘Art Nouveau’,  in which untoned, rough, even stridently mechanical (though still traditionally crafted) sounds co-exist with tonalities and sonorities that would have been familiar enough in a recital room or a Shinto temple.


This is utopian music, not in the sense of proposing some happy new disposition for mankind, nor in the misleading sense of existing in an imaginary no-place, but in the much more positive sense of creating a trans-national, trans-geographical locus in which the other meaning of utopia as a place of beauty is the all in all.

  1. Overload
  2. Two Blocks East
  3. Oxygenitis
  4. musegain song
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