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Brian Tairaku Ritchie
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PostPosted: 2013-07-27, 04:41    Post subject: My new practice spot Reply with quote

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I am a curator at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. We have this statue, made of 8 tons of compressed incense ash. I have taken to playing shakuhachi near it. Also nearby are the mold from which it was cast and a large video screen of incense smoke. I play only honkyoku.

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PostPosted: 2013-07-27, 09:39    Post subject: My new practice spot Reply with quote

Very nice Brian - I can imagine that this is a very beautiful space to play in.
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PostPosted: 2013-07-27, 18:12    Post subject: My new practice spot Reply with quote

How are the acoustics in there, Brian? And is the room cool and therefore a nice respite from your Tasmanian winter heat. Looks like it'd have a mellow vibe next to the incense Buddha. Okay
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PostPosted: 2013-07-28, 09:27    Post subject: My new practice spot Reply with quote

Very nice.
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PostPosted: 2013-07-28, 18:36    Post subject: My new practice spot Reply with quote

Brian, did you bow the head off that sculpture!!!
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PostPosted: 2013-07-29, 02:45    Post subject: My new practice spot Reply with quote

Erin wrote:
How are the acoustics in there, Brian? And is the room cool and therefore a nice respite from your Tasmanian winter heat. Looks like it'd have a mellow vibe next to the incense Buddha. Okay


Museum is at a constant temperature and humidity. The acoustics are tremendous. There is another sculpture that has huge Chinese bells ringing, so the whole place sounds like a Buddhist Temple during a ritual.
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PostPosted: 2013-08-01, 20:31    Post subject: My new practice spot Reply with quote

Absolutely beautiful. A sculpture made from incense ash! It's a philosophical statement in itself (transformed from incense and still impermanent). I took a look at the museum website, mona.net.au , I can't help but think that it is for the betterment of mankind. The picture is a piece of art in itself. I can only imagine what it must feel like to be able to do justice to sacred music in such a space. If there were any manner to have an audience with the immortals other than years in an ashram, that must be one of them.
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PostPosted: 2013-08-03, 00:21    Post subject: My new practice spot Reply with quote

Yes Charles, when I am in that space I am glad to be able to play proper honkyoku and give that to the people and the elements. My friend is also doing the Urasenke Japanese tea ceremony in another artwork in this exhibition, which is a traditional teahouse made of mirrors instead of tatami etc. So at the moment there are a lot of Japanese traditional arts going on there.
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