Eckart Rahn ‎– Pachinko In Your Head

Blue Rahn Studio ‎– 19004-2, E.R.P. Musikverlag Eckart Rahn ‎– 19004-2
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1 Pachinko In Your Head 59:58



Recorded digitally at Aladdin Pachinko Parlour
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
March 22, 1998

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  • Barcode: 013711900422


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May 5, 2014
Pachinko in Your Head is the latest groundbreaking industrial avant-garde recording produced and
recorded in Tokyo by Eckart Rahn. Known throughout the independent market as the record label
mogul of the Celestial Harmonies, Black Sun, Fortuna Records, and Kuckuck Schallplatten labels,
Rahn never ceases to surprise the music industry with his foresight. He is credited for pioneering
recordings that shaped the new age genre, such as Paul Horn's Inside the Taj Mahal, Deuter's early
work, and he was the first to introduce Kitaro to the world outside of Japan. Of recent efforts,
he is credited with shaping the now popular, but increasingly commercial, world music genre with
authentic traditional recordings accompanied by scholarly/academic annotation (setting a higher
standard for the industry) such as the pioneering historical collections of The Music of Vietnam
(19903-2), The Music of Cambodia (19902-2), The Music of Armenia (19909-2), The Music of Islam
(19907-2) and The Ongaku Masters: An Anthology of Japanese Classical Music (19912-2). Having said
that, it should come as no surprise, really, that Rahn introduces yet another pioneering
recording, however, industrial in this case.
Fascinated with the chaos theory (seemingly random events) which when encountered in very large
numbers establish a new order of predictability if not beauty and symmetry. Everyone can relate to
the sound of raindrops hitting a tin roof, and in that sound a pattern - or rhythm - seems to emerge.
When you listen to this recording, you hear the natural sound of a multitude of steel balls
working their way through a number of pachinko machines. Pachinko is Japan's most popular pinball
game. It is estimated that some 10 million Japanese play the game regularly in parlors, some of
which contain several thousand machines.
When there are 1000-2000 machines operating simultaneously, there could be somewhere near one
million balls in circulation. Coupled with the multitude of electronic sounds emanating from these
machines, their addition at times creates an almost continuous sound. La Monte Young tells the
story of how he listened as a boy to the whirring of overhead telegraph lines in his boyhood home
in rural Idaho, and how somehow an imaginary rhythm seemed to emerge from the slight variations of
the continuous sound. Many believe that this experience led to the musical form referred to as
minimalism which is, after all, based on the idea of seemingly endless repetition of ever-changing miniature patterns.
In "Pachinko in Your Head", an imaginary rhythm appears to be emerging from the chaos of interfering
sounds, sometimes when concentrating, but occasionally only when not concentrating. This
groundbreaking recording challenges all listeners to discern for themselves the presence of such
rhythmic patterns and suggests that chaos also applies to art and time and music in their various
unknown ways. (Label Description)