V/a - Audiotion- Sonic Tribute to Takashi Miike [Vital Records - 2007]Musical or sonic tributes to artists have always been hit & miss, let alone trying to do a sound tribute to someone such as Japans Genre shifting director Takashi Miike- whoís tattled most type of film you can think of be it: gangster, horror, comedy, musically, social satire, fantasy. So how does this double disk stand up? Well on the whole itís enjoyable enough, but it only really tattles one side of Miike visual pallet i.e. the more shocking, with nods towards some of his more surreal touches here and there.
Thereís an impressive collection of names on offer mainly coming from the noise/ dark ambient/ avant electronic side of the tracks. Some of the stand out moments for me are KK Null's in the form Abyss, which comes off for the first half like a distorted oriental chase scene theme, before build up to a noise thundering peak. Then calming itís self down for a bit before looping out a almost danceable beat Patten, with typically KK Null sound matter on top. We have a great building atmospheric piece from Jazamer entitled Virgin flower which mixes together bird song, water, bell like harmonics, then suddenly takes a turn for the unpleasant as reaching and chocking sounds are added, really giving the once almost mediate track a very disturbed air. The bell like drones also seem to take on a sinister almost sleazy vibe. Another favourite moment comes in the form of the horrific and clastrobic air of Sunao Inamiís- Stagnate that opens in fine looking-around-for-the-killer piano/synth pitter patter, before drifting into long dark tunnel of drone craft, weaved in and out of by low down echoed growling tones. It just seems to build and build the tension to such a level, before holding the listener under teaming a flesh ripping sound waters.
We also have tracks from the likes of Shinjuku Thief, Contagious Orgasm, Henrik Noordvargr BjŲrkk, A few less recognisable names. Disk one seems to be the most rewarding and constant in quality, though thereís some rewarding enough momments on the second disk too. Itís packaged in a rather eye cachting double DigiPak with pictures of inside someoneís mouth
Worth picking up if you have interested in any of the mentioned artists or Takashi Miike work, just donít expected as musical varied collection as the great manís genre hopping and prolific film career.Roger Batty