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Released: Apr 24, 2006 | 1:34 PM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 5.39 MB

Plays: 2274
Downloads: 14
Weekly Plays: 6
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Monday

License: No derivative works allowed
Track 8 of "Two Skies, Two Swords, Five Spheres," a series of pieces inspired by Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the greatest swordsman in Japanese history. In the “Wind Scroll” of his book on martial arts philosophy called the Book of Five Rings (or ‘spheres’), Musashi criticizes many other schools as not true proponents of the Way. He specifically faults them for focusing on just one tool, when students need to use all the tools at their disposal. The schools of fighting that were springing up as the samurai class opened up to commoners (providing them a previously unheard of social mobility) emphasized too much one way of doing things (supposedly the “right” or “best” way) rather than turning out flexible learners who could adapt to the situations they encounter (like Musashi endeavored to do). Commercializing study (most of these schools charged hefty rates) resulted in too much flash and not enough heart. Musashi used ‘wind’ to represent these sorts of schools because the stylistic fads they propagated were as inconstant and fleeting as the wind itself.

A note on the music: I tried to emulate as best I could certain of the musical traditions of Imperial Court of Japan (it seemed to fit best the both conservative and showy nature of the schools Musashi critiques). Kangen was a type of gagaku (court music) that was not intended for dance accompaniment. Unfortunately, most kangen sounds horribly discordant to modern Western ears (do a search for “Genjouraku,” an imperial victory kangen, for a taste of this bizarre music); as a result, I have softened the style considerably, both in the melodies and in the rhythms (which are typically very random-sounding). The result is palatable for me, but I don’t know what your reaction will be…. Enjoy!

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I m as always stunned - in my eyes u r an artist (a real one) - how and why is for you to know but as always brilliant from a creative point of view - I find the music difficult to digest and would most probably not buy a CD with such music but that you give us the chance of getting closer, getting in touch with a different culture is great
thank you
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OA said it...can't add much. Just enjoying, one more time.
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Dylan took my lines
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I think what you do is transcendental.

Your songs conjure other worlds and times, and without question they are audio pop-up story books. I can see the places you describe in my mind so clearly, the interactions of people, the sense of place and attitude... all based on your construct of arrangement and instrumentation.

I adore your work, and contrary to my friend OA, I'd buy your CD in a heartbeat.

et.
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etgilles said so eloquently. Beautiful music. You are a true artist David.
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I like the mix of world beat far east stylings and catchy melody all in one on this particular song of yours David. Very cool. I'm downloading this baby!
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David,
Number eight is great!
I'm lovin the full collection so far, it's all lined up so nicely on my iTunes!

thanks!
Pete
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Bello e bravo,I suppose there has been a lot of study and reflection behind the composition/execution.

Lou
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Would love to hear some discordant Genjouraku files, if you have. PM me. smiley

I'll respond in kind. I have no shortage of "discordant" music. Even-tempered wears thin on me quickly. smiley
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You are a talented and widely interesting person David. I love this project, it's subject and of course, the lovely heart-warming melodies that accompany it.

This song is so natural. it flows deep and silvery like a river.
It is a beautiful style of music too.. One that is rare on IComp , and always greatly appreciated by me at least. (and everyone)

I'm getting to really like Musashi now, through your music. It sounds like he was a great man indeed.

That artwork is beautiful too.

Great song Dave, I really enjoyed it!

-Magnus
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beautiful idea,you are a true artist.
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I'd love to hear you take on some noh vocals, David! smiley This is excellent, as usual. I like the smooth, calming momentum you have going here. Refreshing. A bit more reserved than some of the others in the series. Love that erhu.

The transcendent project continues...
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One more piece left!!! Gah, I wish I could do noh chanting! I can barely talk in time to my own music, heh.




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

He is My Son

Lonely Otsu

The Drying Pole

Musashi and the Zen Monk

Emptiness Sphere

Earth Sphere

Water Sphere
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Wow man, you rule the 'world' genre!---Dave
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This piece has especially touched my heart. I would love to have this playing in the future entrance of my home. We are currently in the planning stages of remodeling our house and are strongly influenced by Japanese styles in our re-design. You speak of the original inspiration as being "court music" and along with your infusion of western "softness", this becomes a warm and yet provocative piece. I think this would be great entrance-way ambiance for the first house warming event we have. Seriously.

In fact, I believe all of your "Two Skies, Two Swords, Five Spheres" would be perfect for our entire home. I can hear it now ... as folks wander from room to room, admiring our beautiful "new" home, they hear Mr. Bowles' music floating on the Kauaian breeze and they think, "This house is as wonderful as this music". <grin> Naw, ... really, your Asian/World music is so much how we want our home to look.

Thanks for the inspiring tunes.
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