Welcome to the sixty-first iteration of the Haiku Music Challenge, hosted by Naviar Records.
Nishiyama Soin was a haikai poet who founded the Danrin school of poetry in mid-1600, a school that aimed to make Japanese poetry more colloquial, in contrast with the formalism which was more popular at the time. Initially, even Matsuo Basho was a member of the Danrin school, though he later broke away from it. This particular translation was made by
whenever gazing —
blossoms a pain
in the neck too
thirteen tracks were inspired by Soin’s poem, and here are the 3 submissions I selected this week:
Track: Whenever Gazing
Genre: piano, ambient
Dirigent joined the challenge last week and submitted an evocative ambient piece, a perfect soundtrack for Soin’s haiku.
Track: Beyond the Edge of Pain
Artist: Artur Muras
Here’s a 7-minute electronic journey by a new participant in the Haiku Challenge, Artur Muras.
Track: the Pain of Blossoming
Artist: Scott Lawlor
And last but not least, a dreamy, haunting soundscape by ambient composer Scott Lawlor.
Thank you for listening. Next week we’ll be listening to music inspired by a haiku by Raymond Stull:
in the least resistant path
nature makes a choice
The deadline to submit your track is 16 September. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.