Akio Suzuki ‘Soundsphere’

Akio Suzuki 'Soundsphere' front coverAkio Suzuki 'Soundsphere' CD back cover showing the De Koolmees instrumentSoundsphere' CD coverSuzuki playing the Analapos

01 De Koolmees Suzuki Type Glass Harmonica, 1973 (23:46)
02 Analapos A – Voice Composed, 1970 (14:44)
03 Analapos B – Multiple Stand, 1973 (22:33)
04 Analapos C – Object For A Single Person, 1970 (9:20)

Total time 70:23
Book+CD released by Het Apollohuis, The Netherlands, 1990

‘Soundsphere’, Akio Suzuki‘s acclaimed masterpiece, was meant by Paul Panhuysen, director of Het Apollohuis, as an introduction to his sound work, with a book detailing various instruments Suzuki created, as well as diagrams and documentation on previous performances from the 1970s and 1980s. It was conceived during an artist-in-residence time Suzuki spent at Het Apollohuis. The 36-pages booklet edition came in an oversized cardboard box and was limited to 1,000 copies. The disc focuses on 2 instruments only: the De Koolmees, a self-build glass instrument already described in a previous post, and the Analapos, a long spring attached to a pair of cylinders, played either by plucking the string or singing through a cylinder. As customary with Suzuki, all sounds are out of this world, hardly ever sounding like man-made music at all. On track #1, Suzuki uses 2 of his glass instruments at the same time, making various use of them: rubbing or percussion, or a combination of both. The whole disc is extraordinary.

Music (133mb) and pictures (13 scans) provided by Olivier Prieur. Thanks!

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12 Responses to “Akio Suzuki ‘Soundsphere’”


  1. 1 Lucky October 21, 2009 at 9:49 am

    hi continuo!

    your description doesn’t allow this to be passed. merci!

    btw – have you ever tried to upload files up to 200mb to mediafire? officially this shouldn’t work, but it works perfect for me – with a free account, not a pro one!

  2. 2 continuo October 21, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Hi Lucky. Hope you’ll enjoy the music.
    As for Mediafire: I’ll give it a try next time.
    Thanks for dropping by.

  3. 3 twinkle October 21, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    nice magic carpet ride

  4. 4 continuo October 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Glad you enjoyed.

  5. 5 jan October 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    For a young belgian glass musician see http://www.charlottevanwouwe.com/. No releases or sound files yet I’m afraid, and all in dutch, sorry.

  6. 6 continuo October 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Looks interesting. Thank you.

  7. 8 continuo October 23, 2009 at 7:08 am

    You’re welcome.

  8. 9 pru dente November 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Oh gosh… Everytime I return to your site there’s a big load of interesting music here waiting for me. Thanks a million continuo!

  9. 10 continuo November 17, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    You might consider coming more often to keep posted ;) Thanks for dropping by, anyway.

  10. 11 wsuchinsky November 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    This link seems to have quit working… I can only download a fragment of the file before it bogs down and my projected completion time balloons indefinitely.

  11. 12 continuo November 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Megaupload link works fine, if a bit slowly.


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