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Released: May 26, 2006 | 1:59 PM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 7.71 MB

Plays: 1772
Downloads: 11
Weekly Plays: 2
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Friday

License: No derivative works allowed
Track 7 of "Two Skies, Two Swords, Five Spheres," a series of pieces inspired by Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the greatest swordsman in Japanese history. With this piece, the 9-track project is finally complete!

Musashi’s “Fire Scroll” took the principles he had expounded upon in his discussion of martial arts and of his particular school and extrapolated those outward, adapting the strategies of the duel to the broader scope of warfare. The same sort of flexibility, awareness and abrupt wildness of innovative attack that he advocated in his training of individuals he also implemented on the battlefield (click the “lyrics” button for more info on his military career).

I had a lot of difficulty composing this piece. At first, I went with a very dark scheme, minor chords and fierce martial drums, but I was uncomfortable with that idea for a reason I couldn’t put my finger on. Finally I understood: I was imposing my view of war on Musashi. The man was a warrior, for Kannon’s sake! He lived for battle, saw warfare as a deeply spiritual affair. With this epiphany, I was able to strike the dark melodies in favor of something more soaring, majestic, military in the traditional sense (think of all the military songs they used to teach us to sing in elementary school, those of you from my generation or older). So as you listen, keep that nationalistic, proud military tradition in mind, for it is what informs this track.

Be careful of your speakers, btw. This song has a wickedly intense low end that may blow them to smithereens.

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yosL Listener

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You're one of a heck icomper David
very innovative......... Respect

clean n crisp

OA would love that orangy sphere... lol

cheerio
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macoco Listener

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Guau... ¿Acaso alguien podría opinar acerca de la música?
¿Acaso alguien que compusiera esta música resistiría opinión?
Nada técnico.
Nada virtual.
Sólo lo real: tu canción es un placer.
Gracias.

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DavidBowles Artist

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Gracias, macoco.
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Man I see my Journey to China song fitting in with this song and we can have a whole China vs. Japan experience! Wow terrific song.
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sounds like old chines music from the 1600's pretty good smiley
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Sounds like new modern barock , very pleasant and well enjoyed…
cheers bro, RG
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You nailed it, David. Congrats. Very moving piece. All your stuff is a joy to listen to, I love this theme. Good work!
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A blazing end to a stunning project. Amazing percussion, bass line, and atmosphere...as always. I love the melodies here, as well. This was a wonderful journey, David. Thank you!!!
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Waiting on my ibook in anticipation of the download .. 6 minutes to go .. then .. so worthwhile!
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Very nice David, the arrangement is magnificent! ---Dave
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Really great work, David, enjoyed!!!!!


...:::César
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For efoort you could give 5 times 5 stars away, but I do it because it is one heck of a song
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radiating
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becwil Moderator

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I was just revisiting some old favs and discovered I missed this one. What a nice blast from the past. smiley Fits with the others of this series...of course, such masterful crafting you do.
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