Written in the midst of moving from an artist loft into a house, this title is also inspired by the I Ching hexagram called "Return of the Dark Force." In daily material life, chaos causes much vexation and frustration; you could say that most of our daily efforts are angled towards ordering chaos or keeping it at bay. However, chaos is also the primordial "stuff" from which form and order are made. Therefore in spite of its lack of order and its unpredictability, Chaos is a cosmic template, parallel in concept to the Void, Space or Emptiness of Buddhist theory.

Musical Details:

This piece was written on the longest (2.8) and fattest of the 4 Taimu flutes that I work with, so no matter what flute this is played on, you should pretend that it is very wide and heavy: feel the air really bounce around inside the flute. This piece has some more dirge elements due to the slow, heavy pacing in addition to many honkyoku-isms. It is a sonic reflection of the disorder and potential within Chaos and so spaces between phrases can be increased, and the first section in particular should not sound especially musical or like it is really "going" anywhere. Delving into or facing Chaos takes effort; so most phrases should be at or close to full volume.


from Mukyoku: New Compositions for Taimu Shakuhachi, released October 10, 2010
Cornelius Boots: composition, performance on 2.8 Taimu Shakuhachi made by Ken Mujitsu LaCosse.



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Avant Nature Music. Bamboo Gospel & Buddhist Blues: from hymns to heavy metal. New music for standard & bass (Taimu) shakuhachi, the robust woodwind of Japan.

Cornelius Boots is a leading creative shakuhachi composer-performer, active internationally in woodwinds since 1990. A Shihan (master) in the lineage of Watazumido and ex-orchestral/rock bass clarinetist, jazz guy and bandleader.
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