Technique of Relief

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Technique of Relief
Susumu Hirasawa - Technique of Relief album art.jpg
Studio album by Susumu Hirasawa
Released August 21, 1998
Genre Art Pop, Ambient, Electronic
Length 53:44
Label Nippon Columbia, TESLAKITE
Producer Susumu Hirasawa
Susumu Hirasawa chronology
Technique of Relief
Philosopher's Propeller
(2000)Philosopher's Propeller2000

Technique of Relief (救済の技法, Kyūsai no Gihō) is the seventh solo album by Susumu Hirasawa.


With his previous solo album Siren, Susumu Hirasawa felt that he perfected both the "simulated world music" concept that started on Sim City and his post-Aurora vocal style. He essentially stopped experimenting with his style in the late '90s because he felt that no new developments on that front would arise. Instead, he shifted his focus towards creating music for Interactive Live Shows.[1]

Technique of Relief was, from the beginning, a concept album for an interactive live. It builds upon a broad "restoration of a perfect character" theme introduced in Scuba: while that album was about bringing scattered individuals back together into a group, Technique of Relief has the thoughts and experiences of many people combining into a neural network and becoming a single entity.[2] The concept of "Green Nerve", which Hirasawa had played with in previous works, appears here as the character of a perfected human. The plot begins as the World Cell's breakdown causes the Green Nerve Network to cease functioning, and the Bridge Builder (Hirasawa) has to repair it.[2]

Hirasawa rerecorded songs originally performed by Berserk actress Yūko Miyamura ("Moon Time" and "Mother") for the album.[2] All the album's tracks weren't conceptualized and recorded holistically, but rather continually modified based on various phrases and flourishes he thought of on the fly.[2]

On Technique of Relief, Hirasawa incorporated new sounds that he came in contact with into its style: tracks from a cassette tape of Indian music that a friend of his bought in the country were extensively sampled, 8 bit 22.050kHz techno/jungle MOD files downloaded from a German site were used as drum parts for four songs ("Town-0 Phase-5", "The Man from Narcissus Space", "Strange Night of the Omnificience", "World Cell") and he applied elements from luk thung after seeing its popularity across all layers of Thai society.[3]

Technique of Relief is the last of Hirasawa's main discography to be recorded in Bangkok. Unlike previous occasions, he recorded electric guitar parts as well as vocal ones. Since he did not bring one of his trademark Talbo guitars to Thailand, he had to rent a Fender Stratocaster, whose sound he disliked.[4][5] The album is also the first since Virtual Rabbit where Japanese guest musicians, both singers and instrumentalists, appear.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Susumu Hirasawa.

No. Title Length
1. "Town-0 Phase-5" 4:35
2. "Moon Time" 6:19
3. "Gardener King" (庭師KING Niwashi KING) 4:40
4. "Ghost Bridge" 5:43
5. "The Man from Narcissus Space" (ナーシサス次元から来た人 Nāshisasu Jigen Kara Kita Hito) 6:24
6. "Strange Night of the Omnificence" (万象の奇夜 Banshō no Kiya) 6:56
7. "Mother" 4:37
8. "Bridge Builder" (橋大工 Hashi Daiku) 5:28
9. "Technique of Relief" (救済の技法 Kyūsai no Gihō) 4:33
10. "World Cell" (instrumental) 4:30


Release history[edit]

Date Label(s) Format Catalog Notes
August 21, 1998 (1998-08-21) Nippon Columbia, Teslakite CD COCP-30019
March 18, 2009 (2009-03-18) Columbia Music Entertainment HQCD COCP-35525 Digitally remastered, with a soundtrack single for bonus tracks.
Digital Download none
February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29) Chaos Union, Teslakite CD CHTE-0060 Remastered by Masanori Chinzei. Disc 7 of the HALDYN DOME box set.


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