85 Cells for Ichigenkin

Dedicated to Pauline Oliveros

COMPOSER: Issui Minegishi

There are 85 boxes. Thinking about Pauline, I shredded Inchigenkin’s traditional music score, a score about celebrating a long-life, and scatter them above those boxes. I take out only the pieces that sat in those boxes and rearrange them neatly. Although accidentally, the pieces are chosen by falling into the boxes, and I play the score wholeheartedly. In this music, one box represents one year, i.e., eighty-five boxes connote each year Pauline had lived. To play Japanese Ichigenkin is to recognize that a sound at the very moment is precious; it is not to regret the sound just uttered, not to concern about the sound to be uttered, but to focus on the sound at the very moment. As such, I feel playing Ichigenkin music is exactly like living a beautiful life. One box is one year. Eighty five boxes for eighty five years. I tried to express the moment Pauline might have lived focusing on every moment. The score created by decomposing into pieces can be fixed by gluing it back together, but if one lets them be separated, we can create new songs repeatedly by this approach and we can play new sets of sound lines.