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Released: Oct 19, 2007 | 11:43 AM
Category: World
Application: Logic Pro/Studio
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 4.29 MB

Plays: 1051
Downloads: 4
Weekly Plays: 0
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Friday

License: No derivative works allowed
The fifth song in my "Songs for Genji," a project that tries to evoke the Japanese novel "Tale of Genji" in musical tropes.

After exiling his half-brother, Sujaku —the new emperor— begins to be disturbed by strange signs and a general unsettled feeling in Kyoto. One night in March, during a violent storm, Sujaku receives a strange visit: in a dream, his dead father stands near an imperial garden and rebukes Sujaku for his treatment of Genji. When he awakes, Sujaku finds that his eyes ache and burn, as if looking upon his father's specter has wounded him metaphysically. His mother, who despises Genji, tries to dismiss the vision, but Sujaku is shaken.

On the very same night, Genji —in exile at Suma— also has a dream about the old emperor. The phantom encourages Genji, urging him to leave the Suma shore.

When the father of the empress mother dies soon after the vision, Sunjaku is convinced that Genji's exile is cursing the realm. He recalls his half-brother to Kyoto, reinstating him and restoring his former titles and more. Those close to Genji, whose lives had been ruptured by his exile, are also brought back into favor.

Genji rejoices, as can be expected, in his return to Kyoto, the City of the Moon.

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RiGee Artist

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I love how the erhu sings - the swing in it is something i can not find words on..nice smiley makes me smile for unknown reasons.Maybe Iam imaginating a high japanese god swinging..

cheers, rigee

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Yeah, there's definitely a jazzy step to it... I wanted to make it joyous and serious at the same time.
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Excellent and unique. I think it's mainly the bass that makes the track swing in an eastern-jazz-fusion style. Cool!!
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Very happy and uplifting song David. Great performance! smiley
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Where do I begin--percussion, bass line, gong, Japanese string and flute instruments? Definitely excellent fusion. Evokes the beauty and culture of Japan.
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Love the clean sound with bass and flute very much...! Happy feeling here...
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Filled with vision as usual. I like how lilting and light this feels.

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one can get slanting ears by listening to your japanese music smiley
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Lovely David, I love pieces of music with a story to them - loved the flute and the percussion especially. smiley D
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This whole series has been a delight to listen to, and this is perhaps my favorite, the fusion of styles and the over all arrangement of the song is outstanding a a pleasure to listen to...
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A wonderful series. I like how you've kept a similar feel in the instrumentation and percussion. Very nice flow from piece to piece. A great story in music.
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EXCELLENT!!



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