Steven Kazuo Takasugi



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Sideshow (2009-15) 56’50”

for samples of various instruments and vocalizations (fixed media “tape” version)
text by Karl Kraus
Program Note PDF

Die Klavierübung

Die Klavierübung (2007-09) 35’39”

I – Die Klavierübung, 1st Movement (10:38) WAV
II – Die Klavierübung, 2nd Movement (8:23) WAV
III – Die Klavierübung, 3rd Movement (9:58) WAV
IV – Die Klavierübung, 4th Movement (7:20) WAV

Diary of a Lung

Diary of a Lung (2006/07) 20’32”

for samples of kotos, shamisen, makeshift instruments, and vocalizations
based loosely on the Japanese folktale Urashima Taro
Steven Kazuo Takasugi, instruments and vocalizations

Letters From Prison

Letters From Prison (2005, rev. 2009) 5′

for samples of kotos, various makeshift acoustic instruments, and vocalizations
inspired by the prison letters of Ernst Toller
Steven Kazuo Takasugi, instruments and vocalizations

The Flypaper

The Flypaper (2005) 6’15”

for samples of various vocalizations
text by Robert Musil
translation by Burton Pike
Wieland Hoban, reciter
Steven Kazuo Takasugi, vocalizations

Strange Autumn

Strange Autumn (2003-04) 17’10”

for samples of reciter/vocalist and various makeshift acoustic instruments
text by Wieland Hoban
Wieland Hoban, reciter/vocalist
Steven Kazuo Takasugi, instruments
Live ending realized by the Experimental Studio of the Heinrich Strobel Stiftung, SWR Freiburg
Michael Acker, Audio Engineer

Jargon of Nothingness

Jargon of Nothingness (2002/03) 15’06”

for samples of various plucked, bowed, double-reed, and makeshift acoustic instrument
Peter Veale, oboes
Seth Josel, guitar, mandolin
Steven Kazuo Takasugi, instruments

Iridescent Uncertainty

Iridescent Uncertainty (1999) 11′

for samples of kotos, shamisen, Hardanger fiddle, and cello
Darin Miyashiro, shamisen
Mary Oliver, Hardanger fiddle
Frank Cox, cello
Steven Kazuo Takasugi, kotos and shamisen