Susumu Yokota Symbol

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It‘s admirable for Susumu Yokota to want to incorporate classical works into modern electronic music contexts. Symbol represents the veteran techno/ambient producer‘s gung-ho attempt to lend some rhythmic heft to time-tested gorgeous melodies by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Ravel, Cage, Debussy, Beethoven, and many more deceased biggies. While some pieces seem ill-fitting and saccharine, the bulk of Symbol achieves a sublime fusion of incongruous elements, especially when fluid, Steve Reichian marimbas and samples of Meredith Monk‘s haunting chants intertwine with grandiose violins or urgent pianos. Symbol reveals Yokota‘s stunning arranging skills-and slyly educates neophytes about classical music‘s splendors.