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#1 2006-11-02 10:45:40

Mujitsu
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New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

The new Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD "Taimu" on Thylacine Records will be released within a few weeks. Mujitsu Taimu Shakuhachi are featured exclusively on this recording. Joining Brian are John Sparrow on percussion and Dave Gelting on upright bass. Go HERE for more information about this recording.

To pre-order:

You can pre-order directly through PayPal at my email address: emptyflute@mujitsu.com

The price is $15 (includes shipping to US) Outside the US please contact me for a shipping quote.

Thanks.

Ken

REVISION: November 21, 2006  -  This recording is now available at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/btritchie2

http://www.mujitsu.com/images/bluetestcover.jpg

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#2 2006-11-23 20:17:32

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

A wonderful album. Thanks Ken and Brian.

Chris


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#3 2006-11-25 08:02:12

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

Received the recording a moment ago. I can recommend this to everyone, especially if you are into non-traditional music on shakuhachi. I'm tempted to make a review of this later on, but for now, I would recommend everyone to get this one.

One question. On the tenth track, Horagai, is the other deep flute-like sound in the background produced with a horagai? I have never heard anyone play the instrument and thus don't really know what it sounds like. However, since the record mentions that Tairaku plays one on this album, I can't think of any other sound that reminds me of it. How does one play it? Some quick research on the topic revealed only that there apparently aren't any finger holes or such and thus the only way to change the pitch would be to control the mouth piece.

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#4 2006-11-26 03:08:04

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

amokrun wrote:

Received the recording a moment ago. I can recommend this to everyone, especially if you are into non-traditional music on shakuhachi. I'm tempted to make a review of this later on, but for now, I would recommend everyone to get this one.

One question. On the tenth track, Horagai, is the other deep flute-like sound in the background produced with a horagai? I have never heard anyone play the instrument and thus don't really know what it sounds like. However, since the record mentions that Tairaku plays one on this album, I can't think of any other sound that reminds me of it. How does one play it? Some quick research on the topic revealed only that there apparently aren't any finger holes or such and thus the only way to change the pitch would be to control the mouth piece.

Thanks for the good reviews guys, keep 'em coming!

Regarding Horagai, it is the conch shell. On this recording I used a huge one. It's blown like a trumpet or trombone. You change the pitch by putting your hand inside it or with lip pressure. That particular track was acheived through the miracle of overdubbing, the rest of the album is live.

Ciao,

BR


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#5 2006-11-28 17:31:02

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

Taimu is now available on CDBaby. Please support this musical adventure by buying and listening. Just in time for the holiday season.

http://cdbaby.com/all/thylacinerecords


'Progress means simplifying, not complicating' : Bruno Munari

http://www.myspace.com/tairakubrianritchie

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#6 2006-12-04 17:46:08

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

I just received my copy and popped it into the computer drive. I was disappointed to see there were no track titles to download.
Now there are. Who would have guessed that GraceNote doesn't recognize the genre "Big Nothing"?

Last edited by rpowers (2006-12-04 17:59:57)


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#7 2008-02-15 21:58:47

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

Well, you guys sold me on the CD, so I bought it.  smile

Tairaku,

Wonderful work!  Space Coconut is nice!  Mind if I ask how you came up with the title for that song?

Peace,
Charles


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#8 2008-02-16 00:11:47

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

FumblingZen wrote:

Well, you guys sold me on the CD, so I bought it.  smile

Tairaku,

Wonderful work!  Space Coconut is nice!  Mind if I ask how you came up with the title for that song?

Peace,
Charles

I think I can interject here. When Brian sent me the song list candidates for this recording, "Space Coconut" was originally titled "Space Junk." This was before I heard the composition and I thought, "Wow, you're doing a classic DEVO tune? Cool." Obviously it wasn't so a new name had to be created. Well, during the week of the recording, Brian's sister in law was visiting. She is originally from Sri Lanka. Being the jokester that he is, Brian continued to insist throughout her visit that Sri Lankan women use coconut shells for bras. By the end of the recording week, it became obvious what the new title had to be!

Those wacky musicians!

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#9 2008-02-16 02:14:00

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

That is NOT what the song is about! wink


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#10 2008-02-16 14:51:40

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

Mujitsu wrote:

Well, during the week of the recording, Brian's sister in law was visiting. She is originally from Sri Lanka. Being the jokester that he is, Brian continued to insist throughout her visit that Sri Lankan women use coconut shells for bras. By the end of the recording week, it became obvious what the new title had to be!

Those wacky musicians!

LOL!  Too Funny!


The sword is sharp, but the will must be sharper. - Inoue

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#11 2008-02-16 18:13:34

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

I was looking over some Taimu recording photos and came across
this overlooked, un-retouched photograph. cool Interesting.

http://www.mujitsu.com/images/coconutbr.JPG

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#12 2008-02-16 19:35:06

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"



Ooooh....you're gonna get in TROUBLE, Ken!


Zen is not easy.
It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have?
Bupkes.

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#13 2008-02-17 05:50:20

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

edosan wrote:



Ooooh....you're gonna get in TROUBLE, Ken!

On the contrary, as administrators one of our perks is carte blanche to harass anyone, even each other! wink


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#14 2008-02-17 11:49:43

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

i think Ed should be a Administrator.. he qualifies:-)

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#15 2008-02-17 12:55:21

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

You mean, as a harasser? 

smile


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#16 2008-02-17 20:48:45

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

<nods> wink

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#17 2008-02-18 12:42:10

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

"Space Coconut" was originally titled "Space Junk." This was before I heard the composition and I thought, "Wow, you're doing a classic DEVO tune? Cool."

I would love to hear a collection of DEVO tunes reinterpreted for shakuhachi.

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A:  We Are Komuso!


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#18 2008-02-18 14:33:42

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

They tell us that
We're made of poo
Evolving up
From little shrew
I say its all
Just wind in 'boo
Are we not Zen?
We're komuso!

-Darren.


When it is rainy, I am in the rain. When it is windy, I am in the wind.  - Mitsuo Aida

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#19 2008-02-19 16:49:59

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

Yooper wrote:

"Space Coconut" was originally titled "Space Junk." This was before I heard the composition and I thought, "Wow, you're doing a classic DEVO tune? Cool."

I would love to hear a collection of DEVO tunes reinterpreted for shakuhachi.

Q:  Are We Not Men?
A:  We Are Komuso!

Ahhh.... THAT explains why it sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it.  I listened to Devo in my younger days, but had forgotten.

I think I'll skip requesting a remake and new name for "Whip It".......

Charles


The sword is sharp, but the will must be sharper. - Inoue

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#20 2008-02-19 18:11:21

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Re: New Brian Tairaku Ritchie CD - "Taimu"

Darren- Can I use that for my quote on the forum?!!!


Find your voice and express yourself, that's the point.

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