Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Shakuhachi Beat group/community page now on Facebook!

After a shaky start as an "individual page" on Facebook, I created a new group/page and now you can post directly to Shakuhachi Beat as well as upload your own non-commercial shakuhachi-related photos and videos. So go to the link:

and click "LIKE" and you will be a Shakuhachi Beat member, content provider, creator and master-in-your-own-write.

Thank you and carry on.

— Chris Moran, the man beneath the basket

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Public Domain/Creative Commons Shakuhachi Honkyoku Part II

Links to topic threads on Flute Portal's shakuhachi site for some basic shakuhachi notation from the Taizan Ha tradition. We'll be posting some basic approaches and tips for Taizan Ha to help put the notation in to some context as a jumping off point for people who want to get their feet wet in shakuhachi honkokyu playing. This is not meant to supplant the need for a shakuhachi teacher. We encourage all people who seriously desire to study shakuhachi to find a qualified teacher. But this might give a few people the taste that they are looking for.

Hopefully it might eventually attract more people qualified to teach Taizan Ha music to the West to teach. And it is also meant to stimulate aspiring players to find the school of shakuhachi playing that they desire to learn. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Public Domain/Creative Commons Shakuhachi Honkyoku

There seems to be some question as to the rights of the scans I have linked to and I am exploring the validity of those claims based upon the fact that these identical scores were originally published in the middle 1930s and contained no copyright notice.

The protest to my link to the scans are based on the presumption that the scans were scanned from a 1972 artifact that did contain a copyright notice. Only the 1972 artifact (and thereafter) is copyrighted. The scans that I have linked to are taken from artifacts of the original 1930s printing that do not have a copyright notice.

Although I am confident that the person who has objected to the link is sincere in his/her desire to "preserve tradition," what we seem to have here is an attempt to suppress this notation using an appeal to authority based upon a copyright claim that did not exist on identical notation published approximately 40 years earlier.

I will revisit this at a later date after I consult with people directly associated with the school of music this notation originated from.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Shakuhachi Forum un-plugged.

It's all over but the crying.

Thanks Ken and Brian for the past 6 years!

"We'll always have the BBQ. We didn't have it, we'd lost it until ..."

Monday, January 24, 2011

STAN: Little Bastard

My favorite modern band: STAN

Shakuhachi content: You can see shakuhachi hanging on the wall behind the vocalist.

"STAN is unusually productive, not unlike a thick bronchial condition."X. Moran

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bamboo grass & stars: A Shakuhachi Lesson with Walt Whitman

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

When I heard the learn'd astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and
measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much
applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.

(Thank you my Chicago friends. —cm)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Another crashing bore on Shakuhachi Forum: Do materials affect sound?

"Don't look at my finger, look at where I am pointing..."