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B/Side

Ikue Mori

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Album Review

B-Side presents soundscapes and music that Ikue Mori composed for the films of Abigail Child, spanning 1992 through 1996. The piece for Geek Love is a sad cello narrative lightly screened by clunky action in the foreground. Most of this recording, created for the 1996 film B-Side, is an atmospheric collage of well-built samples seeded with surprises and electronics that intertwine nicely with the live instrumentation. This release has enough examples of Ikue Mori's tasteful and clever drum machine and sampling work to make it a worthwhile listen both for fans and for the simply curious.

Biography

Born: 1953 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Ikue Mori has been a key member of the downtown music scene since moving to New York from Tokyo in 1977. She began her career playing drums for the seminal "no wave" group DNA, which she formed with guitarist Arto Lindsay and keyboardist Tim Wright. After the short-lived but highly influential group broke up in 1982, Mori began improvising live and recording with experimental musicians like Fred Frith, Tom Cora and, most notably, John Zorn. By 1985, Mori had completely abandoned the standard drum...
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