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Solo for Wounded CD

Yasunao Tone Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 19, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tzadik
  • ASIN: B000003YU8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I put off reviewing Yasuano Tone's infamous "Solo for Wounded CD" for a long time for a number of reasons. First of all, it's not the sort of music that you can hear and immediately connect with on a meaningful level. It requires some thought and revisitation over a period of time. Second, it has taken me some time to research Tone and his aesthetic goals, which is absolutely necessary, as this CD functions as much as conceptual art as it does musical art, if not more so. Unfortunately, after doing the above, the only conclusion I've drawn is that I am still undecided and will likely remain so.

Tone's roots are in the Fluxus movement that he helped to start, and this provides the primary key to unlocking the deeper meaning of "Solo." Tone is interested in surrendering a measure of control to a system he cannot precisely manipulate. In an interview with turntablist Christian Marclay, Tone notes the difference between vinyl and CD. Where you can, with practice, see the grooves on a record and drop the stylus with precision, you cannot do this with a CD player. You can manually control the tone arm on a record player, but you can open up your CD player and drag the laser around. Even if you could, the grooves on a CD are so dense that only the most relative of positioning would be possible. Thus, Tone sees a malfunctioning CD player as a "de-controlled" (his term) performance.

This is all well and good, and it's thoroughly precedented in the music of John Cage. Think of Cage's "Imaginary Landscape No. 4" for 12 radios: the performers control tuning and volume, but they cannot control what comes over the air waves. Cage was fascinated with the idea of controlled chaos, as were many of his Fluxus collaborators. Here we arrive at a key difference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Music for the brave! April 21, 2003
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The idea of this CD is much like the style of John Cage. If you take a piano and insert various objects in between the strings, you produce an array of unusual sounds. This process is called a prepared piano. Well, Tome has done somewhat the same thing, but with a CD. By placing pieces of tape on random areas of a CD, a resulting sound is a series of stuttering noices and silence, and the result would be different each time the CD is played. This is definitely not for mainstream audiences. Most people would be turned off by something like this (I wouldn't even listen to it all the time). However, if you are the adventurous type and/or interested in experimental music, it's worth checking out.
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