Takashi Kokubo & Andrea Esperti
Music For A Cosmic Garden
Label: WRWTFWW Records (Switzerland)
Catalog: WRWTFWW 072LP
Double LP version. WRWTFWW Records present a new full-length collaborative project by Japanese ambient/environmental legend Takashi Kokubo (Ion Series) and Italian/Swiss trombonist Andrea Esperti (Esperti Project): Music For A Cosmic Garden. Recorded during the heights of the pandemic and completed in February 2021, Kokubo and Esperti created a majestic eight-track ethereal/botanical soundscape. Takashi Kokubo, environmental music figure, celebrated sound designer, and founder of Studio Ion, has released over 20 albums, including the genre-defining and highly sought-after Ion Series. He's also played a major role in the sonic identity of Japan, creating the country's mobile phone earthquake alert sound, credit card payment validation jingles, and much more.
In 2020, Takashi Kokubo received a Grammy nomination for his track "A Dream Sails Out to Sea, Scene 3" off Light in the Attic's Kankyō Ongaku compilation. He is known for recording "sound scenes from nature" around the world using a binaural CyberPhonic microphone of his own invention and for his very unique brand of healing music. Andrea Esperti is a Swiss trombonist and composer originally from Puglia (Italy). He plays in multiple genres (classical, pop, world, electro, jazz) with a globe-trotting approach: encounters with peers, rhythmic exchanges, and unplanned music projects; this is where lies the foundation of his work. Music For A Cosmic Garden is an ode to celestial botanics, a contemporary and hallucinogenic take on the soothing ambient genre immortalized by artists such as Midori Takada and Satoshi Ashikawa, a beautiful pairing of synthesizers and the mighty trombone, taking you to a meditative galaxy far, far away, where other-worldly is just another word for cozy. Recommended track for maximum pleasure: "Gaia's Love Theme". For fans of environmental, chill-out, ambient, Satoshi Ashikawa, Midori Takada, Hiroshi Yoshimura, the Ion Series, parallel universes, music for space traveling but also music for gardening, and music for gardening in space.