Holger Hiller ‎– Little Present

Mute ‎– CD STUMM 108
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A story and 13 music tracks made from audio recordings of Tokyo, recorded for Bayerischer Rundfunk Hörspiel, 1995. Some sound edits by Paul Kendall. Track 24 samples Nightmares on Wax.

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  • Matrix / Runout: B8522 HH 108 : I:0 -MASTERED BY NIMBUS-
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L123
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 2307



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2 août 2007
edité over 11 years ago
Holger Hiller always successfully mixed subversity with childishness into some avantgarde sound adventure all of his own. An impressive collection of albums based on technology of sampling, Hiller's 'Little Present' is slightly different in concept - impressive enough to give us the exact atmosphere of everyday Tokyo life; drowned in its economical, mass consumerist routines that helped out building stereotypes on Japanese modern living that subvert tradition in favour of countless gadgetry providing instant living, for people heavily addicted to the entertainment factor. All of the sounds delivered are from commercials and city crowds, occasionally vocal solos, female or childish with musical interceptions that mark this very character of consumerist inconsistency and constant technological developments ('Tokyo will be different by the time he'll come back next year...').

As a whole, Hiller chose visiting his son in Tokyo as 'Little Present's' basic, starting point. While in most of its tiny electronic snippets this is a charming array of childish noises and accompanying toys providing a soundtrack of rather personal nature, at times funny as it is bizarre, but it is also serving its great purpose as one of the truest audio-postcards of Tokyo ever made - if you watched Sophia Coppola's 'Lost In Translation', this could have been its very soundtrack - made some years ahead though... Impressive.

There is also the ironic side to 'Little Present' - it shows all of the technically fine but rather one-dimentional perception of Japanese pop-culture (especially the musical side of it) based on the karaoke-effect, basically rid of human factor, instead offering a dozen of virtual blueprints.