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Released: Apr 6, 2006 | 11:38 AM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 5.32 MB

Plays: 1999
Downloads: 24
Weekly Plays: 4
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Thursday

License: No derivative works allowed
Track 5 of my 9-track project, "Two Skies, Two Swords, Five Spheres," a series of pieces inspired by Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the greatest swordsman in Japanese history. At age 60, Musashi retired from the world to write the Go Rin No Sho— the Book of Five Spheres (or rings, or elements, depending on the translation). The samurai called his first scroll "Earth" because in it he laid out the general principles of his martial strategy— the "groundwork" or foundation needed to set those who are seeking on the true path... "bushido" or "the way (dao) of warriors." Aside from his famous adage that a warrior must (like a carptenter) use all the tools at his disposal, Musashi outlined 9 rules for learning an art (specifically, the martial arts). If you click on the lyric button, I'll show you what they are...

As to the music itself, once again I composed it using a midi keyboard and programming the drums. About a minute in, at the "B" section of the piece, I could not resist using a couple of midi samples from the World Pack— 4 beats of a bass line (which I tweaked the notes of), a zither chord, and a drum fill. Enjoy!

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pete Artist

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David, yet another great one! Love that droning voice like violin sound. What is that?
Nice nice nice.

Pete
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have to admit that I had not a lot of time to follow my fav artists on icomp lately. even better to hear that David is still good at it - your style is different and as always: how? although I can follow the structure this time smiley ... some really nice sounds by the way
OA
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Pete- it's an ehru, a Chinese violin.

Tommy- thanks! It always pleases me when you connect with one of my pieces.

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

He is My Son

Lonely Otsu

The Drying Pole

Musashi and the Zen Monk

Emptiness Sphere
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12 years ago
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Very very very GOOD !!

Great track...great flow...great production smiley

/Johan
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12 years ago
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Not enough words to describe how amazing this is. Really. From the beginning notes I was hooked!
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A beautiful piece of music with a mystical side to it. Very evocative and I love the idea of sound-mapping Musashi's work. Great job!
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12 years ago
DaveM Artist

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That was a good piece of music, and well produced. Good choice of instruments and sounds to capture the Japanese feel.
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That's my education for the day! Terrific track.
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12 years ago
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Your music flows like a beautiful stream through a Japanese garden. Another masterpiece!!

Peace,
Pete
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Wow.. This was destined to be in my fave list fom the first note.
Lovely Japanese feel , love the concept too. Very interesting and heartwarming.
Beautiful.

-Magnus
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superbe
bravo
kiki
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Excellent mix .......................More please...............G
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If I had a nickel for every ehru piece I've heard on here, I would have, well, five cents. Really cool piece, I loved it -- thanks!

Paul
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Ghost, your wish is my command... three more pieces slowly taking shape on the stove.
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awesome David-thx
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A thing of beauty. Ambient. Evocative. Thanks for sharing this!
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As always, fascinating.
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This will make a wonderful addition. ----Dave
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For me of the Asian, it is nostalgic music.
Becoming it mother sound.
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12 years ago
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Arigato, Tadashi-san! I am glad you like it. I hope I am not too arrogant, making music that sounds slightly Japanese (although I know I will never make music that IS Japanese). I truly love your country and its culture.
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This one is a bit more static than the others, but that's fine. It will provide a nice sense of contrast. I love the flowing, gentle melody here. Education, indeed. Thanks for sharing your outstanding work, David.
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I like this piece quite a bit. Really like the way you made all the stringed instruments work -- do I hear a banjo in there? Nice! Thanks! Kepler
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You never cease to amaze! Beautiful and engaging!


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Love the break in the middle.

Nice job weaving modern soul into this ancient style. Tadashi's compliment should be proof that you've tapped into the right musical root.

Well done,
Ed
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Great work it is really "sweet"...it sounds like music of moments when you remember your youngness...
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I love the pining ehru, the pensive drums, and the pleasant reassuring flute calming all the elements. Solid, as earth.
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nice
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nice tune. nice mix
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Smoothy Japan remember!
Very nostalgia, great mix.
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nic e
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