水窟琴 [2/2]

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‘Sui Kin Kutsu – Autumn’ (43:26)
Kyôto Ohashike Tairyotei temple garden
CD 2003 (キング KICG 3137)
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A water drip every 3 seconds is what you get if you don’t listen carefully. One should try to listen to this with the same ears one would put to listen to John Cage’s 4’33. The world is contained within this tiny sound. The Autumn CD starts with grasshoppers chirring sounds, shortly followed by the dripping of water in the underground jar. A sonorous crow is busy nearby the sui kin kutsu. Overall, the sound is more desolate than in the Spring CD. The air is clear of wind, a quiet autumn day is unfolding before our ears. We are now in the Kyôto Ohashike Tairyotei temple garden. Montage can be heard at 10:30, when suddenly, several birds are chirping close to the microphone. Water dripping resume shortly after. The 3rd and last part of the disc starts at 31:50 with a bird outburst (or is it a grasshopper?) followed by a brief frenzy of fast water dripping: obviously, someone has just been adding water or washing his hands above the jar. The usual slow rythm will resume shortly afterwards. The piece ends with grasshoppers.

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Above: this woman is listening to her sui-kin-kutsu
with a home made hi-speaker bamboo device.

6 Responses to “水窟琴 [2/2]”


  1. 1 Robert Gomez December 8, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful sounds!

  2. 2 continuo December 8, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  3. 3 p. somniferum December 10, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Hey Continuo…Did the download link for these get deleted? Or am I just missing them? Probably the latter.

  4. 4 continuo December 11, 2007 at 5:28 am

    The link is valid although admitedly a little too small and discrete in my post: look for the ‘>’ sign.

  5. 5 Ian Russell July 31, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Dear Continuo, is there any chance of a reup for this Autumn music? I would be very excited to be able to hear it. Thanks also for everything else on your wonderful blog. It is good for my brain and my ears! Ian

  6. 6 continuo July 31, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Sorry, Ian, these files are not on my computer since a long time as this post is more than 3 years old. It would take an awful lot of time to dig in my archives and locate these files again. Thanks for your interest.


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