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Singing Well

Visitors have been enjoying the sound of the Shishi-Odoshi found in our Japanese Garden. It didn't take long before Japanophiles started to request another traditional sound that is a bit more unusual and difficult to record: the sound of the Suikinkutsu. The Suikinkutsu consists of a buried pot. Water drips through the hole at the top of the pot onto a small pool of water inside, creating a ringing sound similar to a bell. For this to work, the pot has been carefully designed to resonate at musical frequencies.

For that particular request, I was fortunate to rely on Daniel Mills's help, a fan of this website in Japan and now regular contributor to myNoise. Daniel went to the Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple, famous for hosting the most beautiful Suikinkutsu in Japan but also dangerous to get to: Mitokusan Sanbutsuji is built into the mouth of a cave on a sheer precipice and is only accessible by hiking. Thank you Daniel!

Other iconic sounds from Japan you will discover in the soundscape are the Oojuzu, the Shakuachi and - of course - the loud cicadas. They all combine to form what could be a sacred retreat in Japan; the gardens of a temple where cicadas are singing to the sound of a lone Shakuachi player, while a ritual takes place in the background.

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  I think I have a new favorite of mine! Good job ;)

  ← you've done it again, with this setting!

  This feels like sitting out on the porch in the middle of summer in the US Midwest - wind chimes hanging from the eaves, cicadas in the trees, with a bell tolling far away, keeping me from falling asleep.

  I love this mixed the pebble beach (high sub and low bass, middle levels on everything else but low on treble, and low treble, and no high treble). Makes for very relaxing reading.

  The cicadas are a wonderful touch, I admire their sound so much. It reminds me of when I was young in the south. I yearn for those times again.

  What an awesome soundscape! Thanks SO much for creating this; when mixed with Japanese Garden, and both are playing on default, it is what I will use for meditation every evening from now on!

  Wow, this is truly magical. <3

  Another instant favourite! Really fell in love with this one. All the best, Syok

  This composition of yours is genius. Pure contemplation within seconds. My new favourite in the shortest amount of time possible. Can't wait to combine this with other sounds. I really like the 3-dimensionality of the sound. Very immersive.

  I bet this would be lovely combined with the Hot Springs setting on the Dark Water generator!

  How peaceful and contemplative. Thanks to everyone involved for this, it's sure to be popular.

  A beautiful calming silence. I've never heard of a Suikinkutsu before, but now I'm a big fan!

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