Yoshi Wada - The Appointed Cloud
Continuing his exploration of how to evolve minimalism by composing for both instrument and performer, The Appointed Cloud is also an early example of computer program facilitated performance. It is a 60-minute durational piece with his iconic homemade instruments, gongs, sheet metal, bagpipes and timpani among others. The software used for this composition and performance was engineered by David Rayna, and took place in the New York Hall of Science. Hanging from the distant ceiling in the performance space were early spacecrafts, adding an out-of-this-world ambience to the sound. The quality of the tones, and how they stream forth in their long-held manifestation, speaks to the theme of inquisitive travel in the air.
The first ever vinyl pressing of The Appointed Cloud, by the experimental, Fluxus titan Yoshi Wada, comes courtesy of Saltern, and brings back to life a stunning, long out of circulation recording of his performance from 1987. The label is founded by his son, Tashi Wada.