Nanimo Nai Wakusei

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Published on: 3 September 2009

Osoroshisa - Nanimo Nai Wakusei - front cover Nanimo nai wakusei means “empty planets” in Japanese and is an apt description for key elements of Tim Salden’s music as Osoroshisa. It reflects the width of uninhabited and lonesome worlds and how time becomes a secondary factor on an empty planet that lacks any point of reference for perceiving its continuous passage. In the broader sense, it may also refer to isolated persons living in a solar system of their own, without a way of taking notice of other worlds apart from theirs and where chains of events have gradually been replaced by a constant train of thoughts. Accordingly, the music is located between drone and dark ambient without being particularly representative of either genre and evolves slowly, with recurrent figures weaved into persistent drones and subtle changes in modulation rather than thematic variation and progression.

Osoroshisa (Japanese for “the amount of terror”) is the moniker of Tim Salden from Belgium, who has both a good command of Japanese (speaking and writing) and a sizable collection of obscure vinyl records with synth-music from the seventies and eighties. Perhaps it is this vintage analogue sound that left its traces in his drone inspired sound, as well as the impression of cavernous space. His musical works involve slow motion changes and addition or subtraction of sound layers (where “stock drone” has the tendency of being static and repetitive) and pictures a feeling of loneliness and sadness, the recursion of thoughts and events without an actual resolution.

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