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Released: Apr 7, 2006 | 11:29 AM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 5.59 MB

Plays: 2669
Downloads: 25
Weekly Plays: 2
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Friday

License: No derivative works allowed
Track 6 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 second section of this work details Musashi's Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu (“Two-skies-as-one”) school of swordsmanship. The two skies apparently refer to the two celestial guardians of Buddha, but his style has also been called "two-swords-as-one" because, to the dismay of his opponents, Musashi hit upon the revolutionary idea of fighting with both the long and short swords simultaneously (inspired, apparently, by taiko drummers, hence the beats in this piece). His intensive studies of the way and innovations in fighting philosophy technique led him to abandon steel swords at about age 30 and fight exclusive with wooden ones (and even then, he defeated everyone he fought).

Musashi titled the section on his school "The Water Scroll" because of the relationship between the fluidity and deceptive power of water and that required by the true way of warriors. Beyond the specific techniques that he enumerates in the scroll, Musashi admonishes would-be disciples to use all tools at their disposal, practice constantly, and be prepared to empty themselves of their studied knowledge to obtain the deeper knowledge accessible only through dao and to allow the dao to fight through them. For more on this, click the lyric button.

Midi keyboard, drum programming, and note-editing window. I've gone for a more modern feel on this piece, because Musashi was ahead of his time both in the martial arts and in pedagogy. This will contrast it sharply with the next piece (Wind Sphere), which is much more traditional (and a real pain in the butt to compose). It's been great to have a week off from work... I've gotten a great deal accomplished! Enjoy!

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pete Artist

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David,
This is definately more modern and intentional.
I'm ispired to do something different today.

Pete
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Thanks, pete. I have just noticed to my annoyance that the sustained final note is cut off before it fades completely out, but ah, heck, I'm going to leave it as is. Anyone who wants an extra two seconds can message me and I'll send it to them, heh.

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

He is My Son

Lonely Otsu

The Drying Pole

Musashi and the Zen Monk

Emptiness Sphere

Earth Sphere
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It's as if Japan met Arabia and were melt together. Wonderful textures and rich sounds. Awesome production. THX for this trippy moment.
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Yeah, I have also noticed an Middle-Eastern or Indian feel to bits of it. I keep listening to so much music from all over that bits of it creep in at the oddest moments.
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Good one David, I love that Japanese feel.----Dave
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Wow, some research and work! went into this one. I like the rythmns, and being a fencer, warm straight to the topic.
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As always, fascinating smiley
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LOL, every time you say that, I picture you with pointy ears... smileyThanks, tmac!
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Whoa! This is totally inspirational. I think its amazing you took the time to give us the background too.
This is so lush and full. I can feel the drive and passion in this.

Its great!

Why is this piece so humbling? I feel like the spec in the universe that I am right now.
Amanda
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Yes, I can hear the Japanese/Middle Eastern blend. Well, they're both sounds of the East smiley Seriously, though, this is yet another fine piece of work. The intricacies of the percussion and plucking are wonderous. The departure from the traditional is welcome, but I think your choice to return to Musashi's roots is wise, and will be a fine capstone for the cycle.
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Yes... as you know, composing more orchestral pieces is very, very hard, and it's been a nice break to do more contemporary stuff in these "spheres." Thanks for your insight and interest, Balok!
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Excelente, me han gustado mucho los sonidos.
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I don't know how you do it! How do you turn out the volume of beautiful intricate original compositions that you do? WOW!

Lenny smiley
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I like these oriental sounds and the atmosphere. You are really imaginative. Great job !

- Laf
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Lenny... some of this stuff (melodies, progressions, little bits and pieces) has been sitting around waiting for the right moment to blossom into larger pieces... sometimes 15 years or more.
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Grand, widescreen inspiration. At the same time exciting and soothing. Now that's clever, David! One of the most inspired and interesting things i"ve heard so far on iComp
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Very powerful. I like the modern feel, it has a bit more smoothness to the flow. I like that a lot.

Keep on incubating those ideas until they hatch. You're a good mother hen. <grin>
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Very cool this one too.
This music could be called the "progressive" of our times (to find new ways building on traditions).

Compliments David.

Lou
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Wonderful music. Very Kitaro-like.
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Hiya,

Wow this is very nice, I like the middle eastern flair ya got going within the track...Sweeeeet...Danielle smiley
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