the BEST mass projection´s

May.04, 2020

Masayuki Takayanagi: Best “Mass Projection”s

Note: not counting Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit’s Mass Hysterism in Another Situation CD (Jinya Disc, 2006) or Masayuki Takayangi and Kaoru Abe’s Mass Projection CD (DIW, 2001) which are full CDs of “Mass Projection”s, essentially—both are absolute musts. The rest are on discs where “Mass Projection” is contrasted with “Gradual Projection” or “Gradually Projection,” sort of a calmer improv piece (except the ’73 festival comp).


  1. New Direction for the Arts, “Mass Projection” on Inspiration & Power 14 Free Jazz Festival 1 double LP comp (Trio, 1973) Thee most blasted take, just guitar, cello and drums—this is supposedly just the last 10 minutes of a 90 minute set
  2. New Direction Unit “Fragment-VI (Mass Projection)” on Axis/Another Revolvable Thing (Offbeat, 1975) weird mix with Takayanagi hard-panned but never ceases to amaze
  3. Masayuki Takayanagi and New Direction Unit—“Second Session (Mass Projection)” on Eclipse (Iskra, 1975)—sort of low-fi, but intense
  4. Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit “My Friend, Blood Shaking My Heart” on April is the Cruelest Month (ESP-Disk (Cancelled release)/April Disk) Everybody thinks the cello player is Takayanagi playing wah-wah, haha
  5. New Direction Unit “Mass Hysterism” on Live at Moers Festival (Three Blind Mice, 1980)—different name, same idea. Rather poor recording, energy level is flagging a bit
  6. Masayuki Takayanagi Archive 1 (Jinya Disc 5CD box, 2009) There’s a bunch on here, all good but none that I recall being super memorable

Alan Licht Minimal Top Ten lists

May.04, 2020

Alan Licht Minimal Top Ten lists (originally published 1996, 1997, and 2007)

  1. Charlemagne Palestine – Four Manifestations on Six Elements (Castelli-Sonnabend, 1974)
  2. Terry Riley – Reed Streams (Mass Arts, 1966)
  3. La Monte Young – The Black Record (Edition X, West Germany, 1969); Bootleg double album (Italy, 1992)
  4. Steve Reich – Four Organs (Shandar, 1971)
  5. Phill Niblock – Nothin’ to Look at, Just a Record (India Navigation, 1979)
  6. Henry Flynt – You Are My Everlovin’ (Edition Huntermark cassette, 1987)
  7. Tony Conrad – Outside the Dream Syndicate (Caroline, 1974)
  8. Jon Gibson – Two Solo Pieces (Chatham Square, 1977)
  9. Remko Scha – Machine Guitars (Kremlin, 1982)

10. Terry Fox – Berlino (Het Apollohuis, 1983)

11. Richard Youngs – Advent (No Fans, 1990)

12. Alvin Lucier Music on a Long Thin Wire (1980)

13. Eliane Radigue Kyema, Intermediate States (1992

14. Zoltan Jeney Om (1986)

15. Folke Rabe What?? (1967)

16.  Yoshi Wada Lament for the Rise and Fall of the Elephantine Crocodile (1982)

17.  Michael Snow Musics for Piano, Whistling, Microphone and Tape 1975

18. John Lennon & Yoko Ono Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions (1969)

19.  Anthony Moore: Pieces From the Cloudland Ballroom (1971) Secrets of the Blue Bag (1972)

20. Arnold Dreyblatt Propellers in Love (1986)

21. Jim O’Rourke Happy Days (1997)

22. Raymond Scott Soothing Sounds for Baby Vols. 1—3 (1962)

23. Harry Pussy Let’s Build a Pussy (1998)

24. Harley Gaber The Wind Rises in the North (1976)

25. Elodie Lauten The Death of Don Juan (1985)

26. Wim Mertens Maximizing the Audience (1988)

27.  The Lost Jockey s/t (1982)

28. Roberto Cacciapaglia Sei Notes in Logica (1978), Franco Battiato Za (1977), Giusto Pio Motore Immobile (1979)

29. JB Smith Ever Since I’ve Been a Man Full Grown (1966), Eddie One-String Jones One String Blues (1960), Junior Kimbrough Meet Me In the City (1999)

30. Earth Earth 2 (1992)

31. David Rosenboom Brainwave Music (1975)