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album art 2S2S5S-1-Musashi and the Zen Monk
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Released: Mar 18, 2006 | 8:50 PM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 3.63 MB

Plays: 2318
Downloads: 38
Weekly Plays: 6
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Saturday

License: No derivative works allowed
Track 1 of my project, "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 Musashi’s relationship with Zen Buddhism— when Musashi was seven years old, his father died and he was raised as a Buddhist by his uncle, Dorinbo. Dorinbo, interestingly, was a Buddhist priest, a follower of that particular brand of Buddhism known as Zen. In fictional works about the swordsman, he is also associated with Takuan Soho, a famous Zen monk from that time period. Legend has it that Takuan took the rugged, barbaric youth and introduced him to the ascetic ways of Zen. Anyone who has seen the amazing “Samurai 1” film by Hiroshi Inagaki will remember the iconic scene in which Takuan captures Musashi and suspends him high on a tree for many days.


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etgilles Artist

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Goodness you are prolific! And continually you turn out such quality and beautifully sculpted and conceptualized tunes. I like the "space" that this particular tune has. One can almost feel the wind.

rt.
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wow very Japanese sound!Koto and Shakuhachi's beautiful sound...Sake and Sakura ni yoku niau
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Very nice David. This ancient world you created was interesting to vist. -Dave
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Excelente!!! me encanta smiley
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12 years ago
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Thanks, guys. Listeners, be sure to check out the first three tracks in this project: He is My Son, Lonely Otsu and The Drying Pole.
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12 years ago
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This installment has a somewhat purer ancient tone to it, but the energy is still quite edgy and unique. Your mastery of weaving various lines of percussion is mesmerizing. Great work yet again. Looking forward to the rest (the last phase sounds demanding...don't be afraid to take your time smiley)
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mesmerizing...
and even more mesmerizing...
Beautiful and simple, make me wanna slide into a lotusposition right here on my floor, except I guess my legs would scream out in c major...
Would have faded the very end even more out...
Downloaded for meditation...
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12 years ago
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Well, I began downloading this one before I even hit the play button. The 3 before this were wonderful and this one is no less, too. Thanks, Mr. Bowles, for taking this project on and sharing your discoveries with the world. We are all better for it.

Looks like you've even got a Japanese admirer. That speaks volumes to your ability to understand the music's nuances and portray the style authentically.
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11 years ago
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Zen meditation is done.

The body is exposed to the flow of the waterfall.

It runs about hills and fields.

All train.

Is your mind done by nothing?
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11 years ago
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Amazing work.
Dramatic and mysterious.
Nice melodies
Exotic and composed very well.
thank you
I like the Flute and arrangements.
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The sounds on this song are great. Very, almost experimental, but yet not too much. Very good chill music. 5 stars all around.
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Namaste
well done
very enjoyable narrative style
elder
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Wow, this is incredible. The sounds are amazing and the composition is really strong. I really admire your effort in composing in the style of another culture, its really a great piece!
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This is my introduction to your work David...excellent and very authentic sounding. Japanese music out of Texas..very zen
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11 years ago
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wow...I haven't ever really listened to your music....what a fool I've been! this is fantastic...and as etgilles said, you are amazingly prolific with great stuff
you've done your research too!
will check out more of your stuff
u4ea
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so desu ne... This song is wonderful. I am in shock really by the fact that you were able to make zen like music. but what is most surprising is i can hear in the undertones of the music latin like ryhthms and percussion. In a weird way, kinda like jazz or perhaps cuban music. But eh, thats just me. But in either case thanks for the song. It is definitely interesting.(Keeps thinking the last samurai for some odd reason) (Arigato Gozaimasu!!)

Gwen
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David you don't need me to tell you what an accomplished composer/performer you are. You're a stand out here and I would say anywhere. This piece has terrific rhythms intertwining with a simple yet powerful melody which takes us on a short and exotic far eastern journey. Your generous background info contributes to our pleasure and understanding of you work. Bravo!
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I am partial to asian culture in general... especially Japan. So I liked this one immediately. Makes me want to go dig out the old Book of Five Rings. Nice work.
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11 years ago
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Beautiful flow. A very complex piece that has the simplistic style of Japan. Well done.
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Very nice stuff. Glad I discovered your site!
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This is a very inspirating tune. Production is perfect as always.


Cheers, RG
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