Benjamin Skepper ‎– Parnassus

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Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo


A1 The Taradale Flock 1:05
A2 Parnassus 3:25
A3 Flight 2:24
A4 Transcend 6:04
B1 Breathe 1:46
B2 Military Salon 3:14
B3 Nana 2:24
B4 My Toy Piano 6:18


LIMITED EDITION of 500 pressings only on WHITE VINYL with gatefold artwork

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“Parnassus” is a collection of musical poetry, Composed and Recorded at the Military Headquarters of the French Embassy in Tokyo as part of the “No Mans Land” artist-in-residency and exhibition held during the Japanese winter of 2009-2010. The exhibition was curated by Hélène Kelmachter.

In his second solo album, Skepper continues to explore looping, sound sampling and field recordings, in the very specific context of an artist-in-residency. The compositions were inspired by the architecture of the Tokyo French Embassy, the change in seasons from autumn to winter, interactions with fellow artists and patrons, and "Creation and Destruction", the concept of the exhibition.

This album features harpsichord, toy piano, music boxes and even the sewing machine resulting in a contemporary and cinematic album, a modern experiment in sound production, recording and composition.

“Looping technology has allowed me to explore the possibility and push the boundaries of what is physically possible as an instrumentalist. The loop machine allows me to move beyond human capability, beyond conventional rules. At the same time, referencing the idea of REPETITION strikes to the very core of nature and existence.”
(Benjamin Skepper 2010)


released 02 October 2010

Composed and Performed by Benjamin Skepper
Produced by Benjamin Skepper
Recorded by Kohji Fujita at The French Embassy Tokyo Military Headquaters
Mastered by Yamp Kolt at Kupuland Studio Shinjuku Tokyo
Art direction and Artwork by Keiji Ito (UFG)
Design by Takamitsu Hatta (UFG)

℗ & © 2010 contrapuntal and Benjamin Skepper
All rights reserved. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.
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special thanks to:

my ever evolving and loving family, the birds of Taradale including Moulin who sang so beautifully with the cockatoos, Kohji Fujita, Keiji Ito, Takamitsu Hatta, Mai Fujinoya, Akira Kubota, Michiko Suzuki, Helene Kelmachter, Joni Waka, Koki Tachibana, Dona Inthaxoum, Vivienne Sato and Tashi.

This album is dedicated to my sister Jessica and her baby to come.