Plucking off the Darkness of the Flesh

by Ghost Grass

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Gaki 04:32
Ghost Space 02:23
Metro Gnomes 02:08
Poison Frog 03:56
24 FPS 06:24
Bad Beach 04:18
Glaucus 11:47
Karkinos 03:02
Eel Grass 06:08
Echidna 05:17
Babylon 04:35


This album collects the music composed for three separate Butoh performances in 2017 and 2018.

Tracks 1-4 are taken from a reimagining of Tatsumi Hijikata's "Costume en Face" as interpreted through the original notebooks kept by dancer Moe Yamamoto (and translated by Sawako Nakayasu). These pieces were written in collaboration with choreographers Alissa Cardone and Sara June, and performed at an event celebrating the Ugly Duckling Presse at Brown University.

Track 6 is a tape piece that was part of the "Plucking..." performance at Boston's Distillery Gallery. This piece was composed in collaboration with choreographer Sara June and filmmaker Douglas Urbank.

Tracks 8-11 are taken from the music composed for "Dancing Fragments of Ocean," an evening-length work choreographed by Sara June for six dancers from her weekly Butoh class.

The remaining pieces (5, 7, 13) are outtakes from these three works that ultimately did not make it into any of the final performances.

Since Hijikata's time, there is no real consensus regarding the type of music to expect to accompany Butoh. Classical repertoire, popular music, ambient, 0 free jazz and harsh noise have all been tapped by various choreographers. Our approach is non-idiomatic, and driven by the actual experience of the sound in the room with the dance. There is a commonality to the approach in these three pieces, in that they create an environment in which the dance can happen rather than a skeleton for organizing choreography.

This kind of work doesn't happen without significant feedback from the collaborators and movers involved, and so this collection is presented with much gratitude to all those who took part in these pieces.


released November 1, 2018

Composed and recorded by Max Lord.

Cover image: Sara June performing Echidna.
Photograph by Zayde Buti.


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