Review | By Duncan Simpson / Musique Machine
Path of the Wind | Eisuke Yanagisawa
The Aeolian harp is a stringed instrument – usually hand crafted – which produces a range of harmonic tones when wind passes across it. It has a long history – imbued with romanticism and mysticism – stretching back to antiquity, from where it derives its name from Aeolus, the Greek God of the wind. For Path of the Wind – Eisuke Yanagisawa’s third record for Gruenrekorder – the Japanese film maker and field recordist constructed his own Aeolian harp, mounting two microphones into its sounding board. He then recorded the tones produced at a variety of locations across Japan. []