There’s a pre 9/11 world and a post 9/11 world. Aki Onda’s Lost City is an examination of the post 9/11 world we live in. Onda started his Lost City project right after 9/11 – a day that will live in infamy for years to come. With the enlistment of Loren Connors (who I wrote about rather recently) and Alan Licht, Onda’s pictures are accompanied with music that’s desolate and saturated with grief. Do you absolutely need the pictures to enjoy the music? Not necessarily, but if you watch that slideshow below on Vimeo it certainly adds to the experience. As it says in the Vimeo description, all the pictures you see were shot in between 2001 and 2002 when the wound was still fresh in New York. I was admittedly a bit too young at the time to understand the gravity of what transpired that day, but if anything catches the mood of what everybody else felt that day this is certainly it. Listen to Lost City via the Vimeo and SoundCloud players and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Lost City project started as a series of photographs shot by visual artist and composer Aki Onda in New York starting right after 9.11 in 2001. A decisively introspective response to the major world event taking place, his pictures were devoid of direct references, but documented his immediate surroundings, focusing on how what happened resonated on a personal micro-level.

Since 2005, Onda has been presenting this series as slide projections, which function as a visual score for improvisation, and performing with NYC avant-garde musicians Loren Connors and Alan Licht. Two improvisations on this LP were recorded at Anthology Film Archives in NYC in 2007.
Lost City contains the vinyl, a folded 20 x 30 inch poster with the complete photograph series and an A4 risoprinted booklet containing the accompanying text written by NYC based curator/writer Niels Van Tomme.

The record's A side is a duo piece between Connors and Licht that consists of wandering, buzzing guitar drones with occasional noisy eruptions. It highlights the almost twin-like connection between the longtime collaborators, with telepathic intersecting guitar lines and a sense of unease seeping through. The B side is Connors solo and is a very lyrical and atmospheric ambient piece that is equally sparse and spacious.

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Aki Onda "Lost City" with Loren Connors & Alan Licht 2015 from Aki Onda on Vimeo.

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