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Released: Mar 30, 2006 | 11:07 AM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 4.92 MB

Plays: 3256
Downloads: 23
Weekly Plays: 0
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Thursday

License: No derivative works allowed
The final track of "Two Skies, Two Swords, Five Spheres," a series of pieces inspired by Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the greatest swordsman in Japanese history. Emptiness (sunyata) is the goal of Mahayana (Zen) Buddhism… emptying one’s self of all desires (and thereby eliminating all suffering), and finally even of one’s own illusory selfhood— this is equivalent to attaining Nirvana, dissolving of one’s being back into the All.

How does emptiness impact the martial arts? Musashi says, “Having attained a principle, one detaches from the principle; thus one has spontaneous independence in the science of martial arts and naturally attains marvels: discerning the rhythm when the time comes, one strikes spontaneously and naturally scores.” In other words, once one has studied and practiced the martial arts extensively (or frankly, any other art), one can empty one’s self of all the specific elements of that training and allow the art itself to act through one’s body, no longer thinking at all about what one is doing. I’ll post a longer explanation of the Emptiness Sphere in my blog Saturday, April 1.

This piece is less centered in classical Japanese music and rhythms than the previous four in order to suggest the eternal nature of the Way.

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Wonderful David. Very crisp and clean mix!


Happy.

pete
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Listeners, be sure to check out the first four tracks in this project:

He is My Son


Lonely Otsu


The Drying Pole

Musashi and the Zen Monk
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This is just beautiful...I'm in another world listening to your tunes. So that's why it's called "world music" ?
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wow this is magnificent............
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I was travelling in Asia during a few minutes.
I'm "receptive" for such musics...

Very great job, Master !

- Lafayette
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David... ya done it again! Man, I lovce your sound!
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Another fine addition to the project, David. Love the subtle "voices" that creep in the background...there's an almost mystical momentum here that's entrancing. Thank you!
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An artistic project, such that the sum of the parts are more than the whole ..
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very cool David, thx again.

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This is so awesome. There is nothing else I can say about it.
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The space in the centre of a wheel is exactly where we find it's use.

Where there is nothing , there is something.

This is beautiful David , I feel like i'm in a water garden full of shy smiling geisha's , all offering me rice buns and saké...

Great work. I'll need to check out the others too , but I'll do it later.

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"wow this is magnificent"-ghost
Ditto-Chris
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This whole project is a masterpiece(!)you should be proud of.----Dave
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Hi DavidBowles,
This is samurai's music.
The mind is made nothing.
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Arigato!
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Tell us the truth you are secretly the reincarnation of some Zen Master or something! This is again amazing. You capture this vibe so TOTALLY, Most western composers cannot come close the cultural beauty of music like this you nail it PERFECTLY everytime. YOU ARE A GENIUS!

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LOL. Thanks for your comments... I've been studying Asian religions, philosophy and literature for a long time... perhaps that is what guides me. I empty myself and let the music write itself...
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fascinating music.
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Absolutley brilliant,David!
I think you have an amazing grip on this genre.
You are not afraid of pushing the boundaries of world music
Intelligent stuff indeed.

Ever been to a 'W.O.M.A.D.' music festival?
You would love it!!
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This IS really good. For this to be a secondary culture to you, this sounds great. Of course it is even further removed from my perspective, so I am no expert. But what I do have, is that great opportunity as citizen of this new and much smaller world we live in to experience the new music that is being fused between the cultures which are such close neighbors now. David, you are a great example and barometer of things to come. And really good artists and movements are just that, cultural barometers. (IMO) They don't create movements, they arive at the conclusion before the masses do.
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Great writing. Your music, as always, is rich with culture and meaning, food for the ears and thought for the mind.
Peace,
Pete
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What beauty! I keep saying I'm going to stop for the night and I go ahead and click on one more of Mr. Bowles' list. And always I'm glad I did.

Okay, I am going to stop now ... until tomorrow.
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wow, i just fought a samurai!
great job dave!
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wow, i just fought a samurai!
great job dave!
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Had to do it
Superb series of compositions
a lot of toil and love has obviously gone into these pieces
also enjoyed reading the stories
taught me much
excellent engineering, composition, arrangement, voicings
you have genuinely captured the spirit fo the Dao
Namaste
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I love this. What wonderful work! You remind me to flow with the creative process. Also to 'edit' with a sharp sword, precisely!
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David,
This is an amazing song cycle and it inspired me to go find some of Miyamoto Musashi. Keep up the good work.

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