October 25th, 2016

Session 1, find more koto in this sound pack. The recorder wasn't optimally placed in the session 1 recording, so sometimes you might hear some low impact noises transitioning through the table to the recorder. Some EQ (low cut) should be able to fix this.

We went to my friend's father to record a Koto, a traditional Japanese zither-like (table harp) instrument, consisting of a large wooden base with long strings for plucking. The strings are tuned in the Japanese pentatonic scale, allowing a mystic, mysterious, beautiful harmony. It was my first time ever playing this instrument, so don't expect wonders lol. But I tried to "feel" the instrument as well as I could, working from my limited keyboard and guitar playing skills. I improvised simple patterns, and also tried to work with call and response ideas, and bass notes, plucking the low strings with my fingers, and then plucking the high ones with a pick. Happy listening, chopping, and remixing!

In Kashiwa, Chiba, east of Tokyo. Mid October 2016.
Zoom H2n Stereo MS recording in 96Khz, 24Bit.


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