October 27th, 2016

Session 3, find more koto in this sound pack. 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! The recorder was placed under the wooden base, I really like the intimate feeling that came out of this.

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


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    LGoblin 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    This is great! Thank you!

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    bagos 4 months, 1 week ago

    Super! Thank you Rutger!

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    DanielJWh 1 year ago

    Truly a wonderful thing to listen to. I'm probably going to use this for the background aesthetic in a ruined Japanese hut and surrounding, slowly waving long grass environment. Thank you very much for this. You're now make me once again want to take up and try this instrument out for myself.

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    hamot 1 year, 8 months ago

    thank you!!!

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    fallbackcrush 2 years ago

    STELLAR sound. Thank you.

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