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Released: Mar 10, 2006 | 11:18 AM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 3.76 MB

Plays: 3074
Downloads: 29
Weekly Plays: 1
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Friday

License: No derivative works allowed
Track 3 of "Two Skies, Two Swords, Five Spheres," a series of pieces inspired by Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the greatest swordsman in Japanese history. This particular piece concerns Iori, the orphaned boy that the normally solitary warrior adopted and trained. Iori was Musashi's nephew... second son of his elder brother, Hisamitu Tahara. Musashi himself had lost his father at age 7 and had also been raised by his uncle, a Buddhist monk. The thought of this gruff ronin feeling paternal tenderness moves me, makes me think of my own son and our relationship. The result is this piece, which begins somberly, but about halfway in transforms into a folksy tune of joy. These sorts of shifts are not uncommon in the music of kabuki or noh drama, where the highly prescribed melodic lines can be supplanted of a sudden by a traditional tune.

This is my first attempt at using a purely Asian scale for a tune... I'm learning, slowly, about classical Japanese music.

Midi keyboard and drum programming only (though some of the cymbals were inspired by 2 World Pack loops). Enjoy!

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tomtomR Artist

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David that is a new path (for me anyway) - will keep listening but can very well imagine to ask you for some more info on this kind of music - very interesting
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I totally dig you, Tommy. With a guy as ecletic as I am, it's hard to always be on the same frequency as your buddies...

Guys, be sure to check out "Lonely Otsu," the first piece in this project: http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=32862
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Nice. I like it very much. I wish I had something critical for you but overall this works for me. Your experiments in Japanese stylings are good to my ears. smiley
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Muy bien David, me parece que no te estancas en un solo tipo de musica, sino que experimentas, eso hace muy interesante tu propuesta.
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11 years ago
DavidBowles Artist

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Gracias. Pues, para mí siempre es un proceso de aprender, de descubrir, encontrar algo de mí mismo dentro de culturas y estilos musicales tan aparentemente diamétricos a mi mundo social... eso puede resultar extraño para aquéllos que gustan de ciertos géneros nada más, pero vale la pena al final.
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Totally enchanting and culturally immersive. These works are adding up to a beautiful collection of tunes. They are inspired and quite moving.

Nice work, can't wait for more.

et.
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I can always be assured of an education from your tracks. Musically and intellectually you're a rare breed and it's a joy to listen to your work.
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DavidBowles Artist

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Thanks, both of you. As two musicians I admire (and whose voices I freaking ENVY), that means a lot.
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MCP Artist

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Superb--yet again. I'm loving this project, David. I can hear the kabuki and noh influence. The blend of authenticity with your unique voice makes for some compelling music.

Can't wait to hear more!

PS Thanks for checking out some of my music!
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Top Notch! ICHIBAN! yer such a freak, and so good at being one..... uhhh I mean.. your so talented and always so very innovative! yeahh... that's what I meant.

Domo arigato gozaimasu
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I love the sound of the Shamisen in this. I've enjoyed this kind of music ever since I watched the movie "You Only Live Twice".
Good one David.

-Dave
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David
You are truly gifted! This is truly beautful! I could see several mangas using this as a soundtrack "Lone Wolf and Cub" or Frank Miller's "Ronin." Similar story line too...
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David,

This is very good. I d'l it right away and will listen to it many times, I'm sure. What impressed most on this was your sensitivity to authentic percussion. It's easy to play Eastern melodies but then wreck it with Western style percussion. You kept it true.

Love it,
Ed
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this is a most impressive piece DB, very well produced.

Thankyou for sharing.
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Wow. What people say is right! This is amazing, David. Great mix
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I know I´m late with my comment… so I can not add something special to it except fol… me liking this!
Cheels
LG
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You nailed the Japanese classical rythm here. This song is enchanting and precious , like a rare gem. Wondefully constructed and performed.
I am enjoying this project of yours very much!

Thanks.

-Magnus
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Overwhelmed, your talent is awesome and this collection of works is by the far the most superior project on iComp.
The structure is free flowing and yet there's a surprise hidden around every corner.

I am completely seduced by its beauty.

Amanda
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Just now getting here. Wonderful work. All I can really comment on is to say I love the piece, as I know nothing about Japanese music, other than whatever I've heard through the years.

On to the next installment of this project.
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The leaf falls as a feather
not far
nice microtonal composition
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wow...you have done your research so well
it is amazing how thorough and perfect this is....not only does it comply with traditional style of Japanese music, but it actually adheres to the rules created by such a music, and is created in a flawless manner

lastly, the music used conveys so perfectly the emotions and movings of the story--amazing to say the least
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Que paisaje mas precioso (no sabias que hablabas español - yo soy costarricense). El cambio por ahi de la mitad me encanta; hipnotizante la cancion. Ni tengo que decirle lo tanto que me gusta el segundo cambio. Muy bien hecho - a escuchar las demas ...
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Eres muy generoso en tus comentarios, herrsolera! Me agrada que te haya gustado.
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excellent david! will have to listen to the others!
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herrsolera Artist

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Years later, I'm still amazed by the imagination behind this song. Bravo, David.
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