Steelpan Improvisations: 2001-2008
2009 collection of live tracks from the Steelpan icon. Three years after the release of Naada, Yoshio Machida compiled his Steelpan live recordings in Europe and Japan from 2001 to 2008. Influenced by Indian improvised traditional music, for his first tour in Europe in 2002, he made original "un-equal temperament" tuned Steelpan by himself. It sounds like Gamelan gong. And he performed Steelpan with Max/MSP realtime processing for getting drone sound (like tampura in Indian music) from his Steelpan sound. After several endeavors for expressing "live" music with complicated and real time computer processing, he started to play only acoustic Steelpan to realize micro texture that like computer generated, without computer.