C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Jamieson, Daryl: unanswered renga 



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    unanswered renga
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    Koen - Dori Classics
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    I wrote this piece a few weeks after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, an immediate emotional response. I modelled both the form – the lengths of the three sections are in a 5:7:5 ratio – but also the unpremeditated method of writing on mediaeval Japanese poetry. The renga of the title are long serial poems with multiple authors; the originating author would write an opening stanza of 5:7:5 syllables and pass it to a fellow poet, who would respond with a stanza of 7:7 syllables. A third poet would continue with another 5:7:5 stanza before passing it on to a fourth, who would write a 7:7 stanza, and so on. This piece is the opening stanza of a renga to which nobody has responded.

    This piece was written to be part of mmm... ensemble’s hibari project, a charity recording project to help victims of the 11 March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. It was recorded by Reiko Manabe and released on the hibari website on 21 November 2011. 




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