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JUTA TAKAHASHI - Across the Flow (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Angel (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Hymn (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Moonlit Flowers (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Quiet Rain (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Remembrance (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Seabound (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Silence (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - The Door into Winter (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Transcendence (CD/Digital Download)

 
TAKLA MAKAN - Technicollage (Digital Download)

 
TANGENT PROJECT - Surface (cd-r)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Booster (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - DM 2.1 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Izu (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Josephine the Mouse Singer (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Mala Kunia (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - One Times One (Ep)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Particles (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Phaedra 2005 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Quantum Key (CD-Ep)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Quinoa (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Soundmill Navigator (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - The Endless Season (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Views from a Red Train (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Winter in Hiroshima (cd)

 
TANGRAM - Flow (cd-r)

 
TANGRAM - Tepidarium (cd-r)

 
GLEN TARACHOW - Waterclock (cd)

 
TAU SAGITTARII - Sensory Data (Digital Download)

 
TELOMERE - Astral Currents (cd)

 
TELOMERE - Lux Primordia (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
TELOMERE - The Stellar Sea (cd)

 
TELOMERE - Zoetosis (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Athanor (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Earth Story (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Terra Incognita (cd/Digital Download)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - The Darker Space (cd-r)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - The Gate (cd)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - Wanderlust (cd)

 
TERRA SANCTA - Exile (cd/digital download)

 
TERRAN SPIRAL - Time to Slide (cd-r)

 
IAN TESCEE - A Travelerís Guide to Mars (cd)

 
IAN TESCEE - Breathwork (cd-r)

 
THAMNOS - WIR (cd)

 
ALEX THEORY & DANIEL PINCHBECK - Emergence 2012 (cd)

 
THIS - Zone (cd-r)

 
STEVE THOMAS - More People have been to the Moon (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Pale Blue Dot (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Poesis Athesis (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Silent Shore (cd)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Continuum (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Electric Curios (Digital Download)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Third Voyage (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Dream Tempest (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Heather Spa (Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Hollow (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Hypersona (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Lithea (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Memories in Whitescreen (Lp/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Pulse Dive (EP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Seconds & Forever (Lp/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Shadowplay (cd/digital download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - The Infinity Room (LP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Tomorrow's Explorers (EP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Void Dance (CD/Digital Download)

 
TI-CAL - Coriolis (cd)

 
TIDAL FORCE - Nebula (Digital Download)

 
TIME BEING - A Dimension Reflected (cd)

 
TIME BEING - A Place to Belong (CD/Digital Download)

 
ALEX TIUNIAEV - Artificial Symphony (cd-r)

 
TM SOLVER - Axon (Digital Download)

 
DAVID TOLLEFSON - New Eyes on the Universe (cd)

 
TONEFLOAT:IKON - Streams of Consciousness (Series) (Lp)

 
ISAIAH TORAN - Another Way Home (cd)

 
ISAIAH TORAN - Whispering Quietly (cd)

 
TOSS POWER TRAPS - Earth Rot II: Music For Iceland (Digital Download)

 
THE TOWER TREE - Transposing (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
COLIN TOWNS - Full Circle (cd)

 
TRANSCEIVE - Exit to Nowhere (CD/Digital Download)

 
TRANSCEIVE - The Circe Complex (Digital Download EP)

 
TRANSCEIVE - Transformation 88:98 (cd)

 
TRIPPLE S - Poles (CD/Digital Download)

 
TRIPSWITCH - Geometry (cd)

 
TROIKA - Faeries (CD)

 
TROIKA - Goddess (cd)

 
TROIKA - Shaman (cd)

 
TROIKA - Troika II Dream Place (cd)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Far Away (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Roots and Legends from the North (cd)

 
EMMANUEL TUTS-SCHIEMSKY - Muze in de Storm (cd-r)

 
EMMANUEL TUTS-SCHIEMSKY - Rust voor de Stilte (cd)

 
TUU - Mesh (cd)

 
TUU - Terma (cd)

 
TUU - The Frozen Lands (CD-EP)

 
TWOFISH - Zero Crossing (cd-r)

 
NIK TYNDALL & BERND SCHOLL - Dreamspheres (cd)


JUTA TAKAHASHI
Quiet Rain
CD-R, Lunisolar Records, 2009
Juta Takahashiís sixth album "Quiet Rain" brings four 15-minute free form pieces of solace and contemplation, nicely sculptured out of warm analogue sounds, mellotron and some acoustic piano.

It's great, at times even minimal, music to take a break from it all, as the slow washes of strings gently float by, painting unhurried spaces to reflect in.
A highlight is the saddening "Monochrome Sorrow" or the meandering textures and light piano notes of the title track, although I can imagine some might like to see some more musical progression here and there.

I just wished Juta could just take the next step to smoothen and further valvenize his heartfelt soundscape tapestries (hopefully avoiding getting into the new-age trap), as thereís still a certain roughness shimmering through the sound spectrum.

All in all, "Quiet Rain" offers silent ambient music to ease the mind.

Website: www.jutatakahashi.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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