Computer-generated sounds meet string orchestrals on Takuma Watanabe’s new LP

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“Like an old hidden castle by a rainforest or a decaying lab in the desert, where I can think and sleep.”

Japanese composer Takuma Watanabe is releasing a new album called Last Afternoon, via SN Variations’ sister label Constructive this May.

For the album, Watanabe mixed scored music performed by a string ensemble with computer-generated sounds.

The composer has described his process as making “the computer and the performed score indivisible.” The result, he says, is to “induce mutual interference between them to generate a slight uncertainty in the source of the sounds.”

Having primarily composed for film scores, Watanabe brought his visual-led approach to Last Afternoon:

“These works are all related to spatial imagined images,” he said. “There’s like an old hidden castle by a rainforest or a decaying lab in the desert, where I can think and sleep.”

Last Afternoon follows SN Variation’s release of Adrian Corker’s Tin Star Liverpool score.

Pre-order Last Afternoon here in advance of its 7th May release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Tactile
2. Wavelength
3. Last Afternoon
4. Text
5. Siesta
6. Damned
7. Clouds Fall
8. Bruges