Water in Time and Space

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Water in Time and Space
Studio album by Susumu Hirasawa
Released September 1, 1989 (1989-09-01)
Recorded April 1989~May 1989
KEYSTONE STUDIO
KEYSTONE IZU STUDIO
SOUND INN
KEYSTONE STUDIO & GOLD RUSH STUDIO (Mixing)
Genre Technopop
Progressive rock
World music
New Age
Experimental
Length 43:16
Label Polydor K.K.
Producer Susumu Hirasawa
Susumu Hirasawa chronology
Water in Time and Space
(1989)
The Ghost in Science
(1990)

Water in Time in Space (時空の水 Jikū no Mizu?) is Susumu Hirasawa's first solo album. It includes recordings of three songs written for the unreleased P-MODEL album MONSTER. It is the first part of a trilogy, with The Ghost in Science being the second part and Virtual Rabbit being the third part, that deals with reality, religion, science and dreams. Upon starting his solo career, Hirasawa decided to expand his musical landscape, with this album having many different styles that don't sound like the standard P-MODEL sound, such as the march-influenced "Haldyn Hotel", the western-influenced "Coyote" and the folk-influenced "Venus", including some Peruvian themes; the album also lacks the nerved energy of P-MODEL, having a light and brisk feel, a slight emphasis on guitar and preferring acoustics to electronics (being one of Hirasawa's least electronic works); it has a standard, mechanical production style for the time it was released. The release of the Korg M1 led to Hirasawa performing most of the album himself. The symbol on the album's cover is Hirasawa's autograph, which makes various appearances through his works. The album was remastered by Masanori Chinzei and re-released on the HALDYN DOME box set on 29 February 2012.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Susumu Hirasawa, except "Root of Spirit" by Hirasawa with string arrangement by Jun Miyake and titling by Toshiaki Minejima. 

No. Title Length
1. "Haldyn Hotel (ハルディン・ホテル Harudin Hoteru?)"   4:32
2. "Root of Spirit (魂のふる里 Tamashii no Furusato?)"   5:42
3. "Coyote (コヨーテ Koyōte?)"   4:48
4. "Solar Ray (ソーラ・レイ Sōra Rei?)"   3:08
5. "No Workshop (仕事場はタブー Shigotoba wa Taboo?)"   4:02
6. "Dune (デューン Dyūn?)"   4:36
7. "Frozen Beach (フローズン・ビーチ Furōzun Bīchi?)"   4:53
8. "Water in Time in Space (時空の水 Jikū no Mizu?)"   2:17
9. "Skeleton Coast Park (スケルトン・コースト公園 Sukeruton Kōsuto Kōen?)"   5:52
10. "Venus (金星 Kinsei?)"   3:17

Track information[edit]

  • Haldyn Hotel was remade by Hirasawa as Haldyn Hotel [Fractal Terrain Track], this remake was released as the b-side to the Bandiria Travellers [Physical Navigation Version] single (whose a-side was included on Disc 1 of the HALDYN DOME box set, together with Water in Time and Space) and on the best of album Root of Spirit~ESSENCE OF HIRASAWA SOLO WORKS~. The song was remade in a Thai style by Hirasawa for the SWITCHED-ON LOTUS memorial album, this version was also released as a free MP3 on Hirasawa's website;[1] another Thai version of the song was played during the INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW SIM CITY TOUR, which was released in the concert's home video release. Another live version played in the third and last show of Hirasawa's World Turbine Tour at the Shibuya Public Hall was released in the error live video and error CD album. A version played on Hirasawa's PHONON2550 tour was included in the PHONON 2550 LIVE album and the PHONON 2550 VISION live video; this release's performance was that of the original version, which Hirasawa hadn't played live since the Thai version's creation in 1995 (and the first time that the song had been played by Hirasawa live since 1996). Other live versions were included in the making of tokyo paranesian, HIRASAWA error ENGINE - Hirasawa Three Acts in Three Hours~Lower, Unreal Soprano - INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW Vol.5 ~ SIREN and PHONON 2555 VISION live videos. A bit of the song was used as the coda for the song QUIT from Hirasawa's The Ghost in Science album. Hirasawa would later do a similar technique with the song Parade (which is in a similar marching band style to Haldyn Hotel) from his Byakkoya - White Tiger Field and Paprika albums, using the song MONSTER A GO GO from the unreleased P-MODEL album MONSTER. The "Haldyn Hotel" mentioned in the lyrics is said to have been a Psychiatric hospital that once existed in Peru; the song's lyrics also mention the city of Trujillo, and "Haldyn" is a Japanese phonetic way of saying "Jardín" (Spanish for "Garden").
  • Root of Spirit was originally released on the April 1988 CHARITY ORIGINAL TAPE BY SUSUMU HIRASAWA cassette book; this version is different from the one on the final album and has never been re-issued. It was also used as the ending theme song to Showdown, the third and final episode of the Original video animation series Detonator Orgun, a series whose music was composed by Hirasawa; the track was also released on Detonator Orgun 3, the soundtrack of that episode. It was also released on the best of album Root of Spirit~ESSENCE OF HIRASAWA SOLO WORKS~, which was named after the song, which was released as the album's only single. A live version of the song was released on the error live video. The song was also used on a Suntory Old commercial;[2] the single's cover is a photo taken during the commercial's production. The song is, similarly to Hirasawa's work on Berserk, inspired by the works of Carl Jung, who Hirasawa is deeply influenced by.
  • Coyote, No Workshop and Dune were composed for the unreleased P-MODEL album MONSTER. A live version of Coyote, performed by P-MODEL, at a faster pace than the studio version, was released on the The Physical Atlas Of Three Worlds/Human Body Map of Three Boundaries video; another live version, by Hirasawa and his live band, which incorporated carnival sounds, was released on the error CD album. The song follows the traditions of Hirasawa including Western-styled compositions on his first album trilogy; followed by Cowboy and Indian on The Ghost in Science and the title track on Virtual Rabit. The chorus on the P-MODEL version of No Workshop original backing vocals were sung by P-MODEL bassist/keyboardist Teruo Nakano, the version on this album has Jun Togawa singing the backing vocals on the chorus; the song was also performed live by P-MODEL, with the verse structures being different from the studio version, although not a single live version of their performance has been officially released, there are bootleg recording of the band performing this song; live versions by Hirasawa and his live band were included in the making of tokyo paranesian, HIRASAWA error ENGINE - Hirasawa Three Acts in Three Hours~Lower and PHONON 2555 VISION videos and the error CD album. The P-MODEL version of "Dune" had no vocals and the title was originally Gen (げん?), meant as a provisory one; a live version of the song, performed by Hirasawa and his live band, was included on the error CD album, another live version, performed by Hirasawa, Yasuhiro Araki and PEVO 1go was included in the PHONON 2555 VISION video.
  • Solar Ray was remade by Hirasawa as a version called SPECTRUM 2 TYPE, this remake was released as the b-side to the World Turbine single and was included on Disc 1 of the HALDYN DOME box set, together with Water in Time and Space. The song was remade in the P-MODEL kernel as Solar Ray 2 for the album SOLAR RAY Hirasawa best recycling album Recycled by P-MODEL kernel; it is the album's opening track and might have been the source for the album's title; this remix was remixed by Hirasawa during a surge of surplus solar power and released as Audio File to Honor the Hunter.[3] A live version of this song was included on the error CD album. The song also uses pentatonic scales, as one of Hirasawa's many experiments with this album.
  • Frozen Beach is a re-recording of the P-MODEL song of the same name from the SCUBA album/cassette book. The SCUBA version would be later remixed with the rest of the album for its 1989 CD re-issue and in 1995 as SCUBA RECYCLE. Live versions performed by P-MODEL were included on the The Physical Atlas Of Three Worlds/Human Body Map of Three Boundaries and MOIRE VISION videos and one live version performed by Hirasawa was included in the PHONON 2550 VISION video (the first time that the song had been played by Hirasawa live since 1994). The theme of the trilogy is taken from the lyrics of this song; the sound of crashing waves in this song (which were also present in previous versions) lead in the next track.
  • Water in Time and Space has an alternate version called Water in Time and Space (Full Size), this version was released on Detonator Orgun 3, the soundtrack of the Detonator Orgun episode Showdown. The song is a minimally simple, short and relaxing instrumental composition played only on acoustic guitar and piano, unlike anything else that Hirasawa has ever done. This song was covered by Ichiko Hashimoto when she appeared as a guest on a Susumu Hirasawa live show on 28 September 1989 in the Inkstick Shibuya Factory (the last show of Hirasawa's "Water in Time and Space" Tour Part 2); this live show had Hirasawa playing Hashimoto's songs on guitar, while Hashimoto played Hirasawa's songs on piano.
  • Skeleton Coast Park has an epic style, similar to the songs in Virtual Rabbit and some of Hirasawa's later works. It was also included in the best of album Root of Spirit~ESSENCE OF HIRASAWA SOLO WORKS~. A live version of this song was included on the error CD album. The song's guest vocals were later re-used by Hirasawa in a slowed-down version for the title track of the KAKU P-MODEL album Vistoron.
  • Venus was used as an insert song in Pursuit, the second episode of Detonator Orgun; the track was also released on Detonator Orgun 2, the soundtrack of that episode, it was also included in the best of album Root of Spirit~ESSENCE OF HIRASAWA SOLO WORKS~. Hirasawa remade the song in a symphonic, orchestral, string-oriented style as part of "The Aggregated Past KANGENSHUGI 8760 HOURS" project, this version was released on the Hen-Gen-Ji-Zai album, this version of the song had 5 sketches released by Hirasawa on the Kangen Shugi website as he worked on it.[4][5][6][7][8] Live versions were included on the error CD album and HIRASAWA error ENGINE - Hirasawa Three Acts in Three Hours~Upper and Tokyo I-jigen Kudou videos. This song has been covered by Jun Togawa and Missa Fukuma (sister of P-MODEL keyboardist/sampler player/System-1 Hajime Fukuma). The song also touches briefly on the concept of philosophy (In philosophy, Venus is associated with water and the ocean and is the guide through the fearful world of the unconscious,[9] sharing a similar thematic to the song's lyrics), which Hirasawa would later explore with Philosopher's Propeller.

Personnel[edit]

Production
  • Yoshiaki Kondo - Recording & Mixing Engineer
  • Shinichi Tomita, Nobuhiko Matsufuji, Atsushi Hattori (MIX), Masanori Ihara (GOLD RUSH STUDIO) and Yoshikatsu Takatori (SOUND INN) - Second Engineer
  • Kiyoshi Inagaki - Art Direction
  • Mado & Vincent - Photograph
  • Akemi Tsujitani & Michiko Aoki - Styling
  • Kazunori Yoshida - Hair & Make Up
  • Mitsuo Nagano (for OCTAVE) - Artist Management
  • Mitsuru Hirose - Publicity Coordination
  • OFFICE MOVING - Concert Coordination
  • Kazuyoshi Aoki (Polydor Records.) - A&R
  • Osamu Takeuchi (Polydor Records.) - Assistant
  • Yasumasa Mishima, Yumiko Ohno, Masaya Abe, Mesame no Sato, Kei Fukuchi, Akimoto-kun, Kazumi Sawaki, AC UNIT, ICE GREY, Nobuyoshi Matsubara, Akira Ito, ARIA, Casio, SIGNIFIE - Thanks

Release history[edit]

Date Label(s) Format Catalog
September 1, 1989 (1989-09-01) Polydor K.K. CD HOOP-20343
July 1, 2005 (2005-07-01) Universal Music Japan, Universal Sigma Digital Download none
September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24) Universal Music Japan SHM-CD UPCY-6909

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NO ROOM - HALDYN HOTEL - Downloads". TESLAKITE FREE MP3s. Chaos Union. 
  2. ^ "【CM 1992】SUNTORY OLD 30秒". 
  3. ^ "ハンターを称える音声ファイル". Hirasawa Energy Works. Chaos Union. 
  4. ^ Hirasawa, Susumu. "「金星」スケッチ 1". The Aggregated Past KANGENSHUGI 8760 HOURS. Chaos Union. 
  5. ^ Hirasawa, Susumu. "「金星」スケッチ 2". The Aggregated Past KANGENSHUGI 8760 HOURS. Chaos Union. 
  6. ^ Hirasawa, Susumu. "「金星」スケッチ 3". The Aggregated Past KANGENSHUGI 8760 HOURS. Chaos Union. 
  7. ^ Hirasawa, Susumu. "「金星」スケッチ 4". The Aggregated Past KANGENSHUGI 8760 HOURS. Chaos Union. 
  8. ^ Hirasawa, Susumu. "「金星」スケッチ 5". The Aggregated Past KANGENSHUGI 8760 HOURS. Chaos Union. 
  9. ^ Gillabel, Dirk. "Alchemy 2, Nigredo, Albedo and Rubedo". House of the Sun. Soul Guidance. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 

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