Sai-So: The Remix Project

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All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
The Kodo group is Japan's global ambassador of Taiko drumming. This fanatical group arose in 1981 from an island colony of traditional Taiko drummers that sought nothing else but perfection of their art. The religious intensity and single-mindedness of this small population 40 thorp clearly comes across on the mighty percussion forays contained here. Consider the powerful drum exchange on "Nobi." Beats are thundered in one channel to be answered by drums of another timbre in the other channel. Imperceptibly, the piece slows in tempo until the sound of a muffled heartbeat emerges. "Heartbeat" is one possible translation of "kodo" and after this exposition the group returns ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tom Schulte
The Kodo group is Japan's global ambassador of Taiko drumming. This fanatical group arose in 1981 from an island colony of traditional Taiko drummers that sought nothing else but perfection of their art. The religious intensity and single-mindedness of this small population 40 thorp clearly comes across on the mighty percussion forays contained here. Consider the powerful drum exchange on "Nobi." Beats are thundered in one channel to be answered by drums of another timbre in the other channel. Imperceptibly, the piece slows in tempo until the sound of a muffled heartbeat emerges. "Heartbeat" is one possible translation of "kodo" and after this exposition the group returns to a potent swell of rhythms accompanied by frenzied and ecstatic shouting. Sai-So means "reborn" and as such this album is a rebirth into electronica of the Kodo material midwifed by some of the genre's most important names. Experimentalist Bill Laswell Material, producer of Iubkl, contributes two tracks to this compilation that mostly finds the possibilities of ambient, chill-out vibes in Kodo. A notable exception is the vigorous "Wax Off." Sampling three different Kodo pieces and written by Kodo, David Beal, David Baron, and Lindsay Jehan, the urgent and layered "Wax Off" makes an excellent soundtrack to highway travel. Other interpreters include Strobe, DJ Krush, Kevin Yost, Metronome B, My Name Is Myron, and Killer Whale.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • Label: Tristar
  • UPC: 766925190423
  • Catalog Number: 51904
  • Sales rank: 360,152

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kodo Primary Artist, Sounds
DJ Krush scratching
Kasz Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Sampling
David Beal Keyboards, Sampling
Technical Credits
Bill Laswell Producer, Remixing
Alan Douches Mastering
Killer Whales Remixing
DJ Krush Producer, beats
Keiichi Nakamura Executive Producer
Paul DeGooyer Producer
Kevin Yost Producer, Remixing
Kasz Programming
Yosuke Nozawa Engineer
David Baron Composer, Programming, Producer
David Beal Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST

    I love traditional taiko durms. This album spices it up. The mix is great bringing together taiko drums (and other instruments) and alternative music. I am always looking for music with a lot of rythms and strong base that you can move to. I use the tapes in our martial arts classes. It helps by keeping a strong energy going. I like the techno becuase of lack of lyrics. Anyone can find a way to relate to the beat, especially without lyrics to define the song. You can feel the music and want to start moving to it. This is the best I have come acrossed, yet. It's more interesting because of the mix of beats, drums, voices, flutes, keyboard, and more. Each track has its own personality. You just can't wait to hear the next one. I like the extra bite Sai-So: The Remix Project provides. You can workout to it or go freestyle. It will really help you flow and feel the warrior inside.

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