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Released: May 30, 2009 | 2:38 PM
Category: Alternative
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Only loops

File Type: .m4a (AAC)
File Size: 4.68 MB

Plays: 923
Downloads: 2
Weekly Plays: 1
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The 7th of 12 songs on my Tokyo City Blues album. Lots of distorted mandolins and vocals and some underwater drums. I'm actually pretty happy with the sound I got on the drums here.

"The standard of living continued to rise among the eastern gentry, while the Kamakura rulers did their best to stem what seemed to them a rising tide of luxury, by sumptuary legislation of various kinds. This is a phenomenon which occurs at frequent intervals throughout Japanese history. A given group or class ascend to power, and their demand for commodities rises, as indeed do their own numbers, since their economic situation is favourable to increase. But, while their consumption grows, production remains stationary or makes no proportionate advance, because it is limited by a factor which is nearly constant—the amount of available rice-land. A point is therefore reached when the rulers endeavour to reduce consumption by artificial means, but these are ineffective. Then follows a struggle among consumers, which in feudal times takes the form of a civil war and a redistribution of power. In the second half of the thirteenth century this was the course that events were following, but it was interrupted by troubles which had long been brewing within and without the borders of Japan. Internal conditions were bad, despite the merits of the Hojo administration. There had been a destructive earthquake in the Kamakura district in 1257. In 1259 there was a severe famine and a plague of sickness so deadly that, it is said, the streets of Kyoto were choked with dead and dying, while in the country the stewards were ordered to remit taxes and to give relief to the sufferers, who were living on grass and roots. In the following year the pestilence still raged, and the Bakufu, at a loss for practical measures, ordered the constables to have prayers and sutras recited in the shrines and temples of all provinces. The shortage of able-bodied men seems to have been so serious that they even released criminals under sentence for murder. In the capital itself, to make matters worse, fierce quarrels broke out between great monasteries and the militant monks intimidated the whole populace, from the emperor downwards... one may judge, therefore, how near to anarchy was the situation at the capital, and in the home provinces where the great temples stood. At this time, we learn, lampoons were scribbled on the palace wall, such as "At the new year, ill omens," "In the land, disasters," "In the capital, soldiers," "In government, unfairness," "In the palace, favoritism," "In the provinces, famine," "In the riverbed, skeletons," "In the shrines, conflagrations," and so on."

—taken from Japan: A Short Cultural History by G. B. Sansom, a book well worth reading if you have an interest in the subject.

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becwil Moderator

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I find the distortions interesting and haunting, much the same as I find the background inspiration. I like your creativeness.
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creative, dissonant sounds with a lot going on. i like the vocals, harmonies and cool break about half way thru.. great job
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Interesting composition!
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this is crazy!
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Love the choice of special effect sounds.
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Cool rendition!!
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Very Beat. Makes me think of San Francisco, too. Original and crisp.

The aquatic percussion made me sway like kelp...

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Baboon Artist

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ooo, man I dig this one...as underground as wet brick smiley very cool
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