Some music is really hard to describe. Not because it’s indescribable, but because the vast amount of background info required to contextualize the work might be either a) too academic or b) too conceptual to get. Yoshi Ojima’s truly spartan website describes his music plainly as:
Yoshio Ojima uses computers to program
gentle, ambient music.
Now, where do I take it from there?
I could try to describe how the work you’ll hear today was created to soundtrack one of the greatest works of architecture from the Metabolist movement, the Wacoal Spiral. But then, I’d have to go into what exactly architectural Metabolism is. I’d wager you’ve seen or walked past Marina City. I’d imagine you’ve hit upon images of Kisho Kurokawa’s intriguing capsule rooms.
Contextually, I can try to summarize how these designers tried to make structures that could takes cues from molecular growth, and mirror that with designs that mimicked organically expanded structural growth from a center beam. That’d lead me to go into how these buildings themselves would have some inherent organic blueprint that would allow such structures to actually evolve with their surrounding environment based on necessity.
But then, I’d have to come back and have to explain who exactly Wacoal and why exactly that corporation needed both a) a Metabolist building for their corporation and b) Yoshio Ojima to create music to be played in the middle of their building. I’d wager I’m not the most versed in Japanese lingerie and undergarments for females, but I’d like to believe that when Wacoal states on their website:
After the Second World War, Japanese women’s clothing made a great change from traditional kimono to the Western style. Koichi Tsukamoto, the late founder of Wacoal, recognized this change as a business opportunity, releasing bra pads as underwear that helped Japanese women to wear Western clothes beautifully and then introducing brassieres and girdles.
“Let’s approach potential senses of beauty.”
This spirit of Wacoal as a manufacturer has been inherited since its foundation.