on the trip Co., Ltd.
Music experience “SOUND TRIP” 3rd release
Marihiko Hara, AOKI takamasa and others participated at Chishaku-in Temple and Joju-ji Temple in Kyoto
on the trip Co., Ltd. (Yuki Naruse, Representative Director) has released the third installment of “SOUND TRIP”, which combines temples and shrines in Kyoto with artists and provides a music experience that can only be heard there. From the 3rd edition, tour passports (3,000 yen including tax) will be sold, and if you purchase a passport, you can listen to the music of each shrine and temple for free. In addition, you can get a souvenir card at each temple so that you can take the music home with you. Passports are sold at affiliated temples and shrines, as well as at Kyonavi, a tourist information center at Kyoto Station.
In the third installment, we released works in collaboration with two temples, Chishaku-in and Joju-ji. Chishaku-in’s artist is Marihiko Hara. Jojuji’s artist is AOKI Takamasa.
We recorded the sounds of each temple and shrine, such as the sound of water, the chirping of birds, and the sound of bells swaying in the wind. Visitors pay an experience fee (300 yen) at a designated place and listen to music.
Chishaku-in’s music experience, forgetting the sense of time in front of the scenic garden
Chishaku-in was once home to over 800 monks. And even today, it still retains its role as a training dojo. In the Kondo, the priests of Chishaku-in recite sutras every day and devote themselves to training. The SOUND TRIP music experience here begins with Kondo’s work. The sound of sutras, the footsteps of monks walking, the chirping of birds in the precincts, and the sound of traffic running near the temple. The music is a combination of all kinds of sounds.
The artist is Marihiko Hara. From post-classical music using the piano to original sound works, what does Chishakuin’s music look like from his point of view? From here, we will tell you the voice of the artist.
“It was impressive that there were several times in the
precincts.Besides the days spent by the monks in training, there was a unique world of birds on the back mountain.In the morning service, the guests and us People from outside also gathered in the hall, and sutra chanting and goma were performed.The sense of time that entered into the overlapping voices was different from the passage of time indicated by the recorder that was spinning at hand. The temple is not an isolated place from the outside world, but is gently connected to the everyday world.Even within the precincts, you can hear the traffic on Higashioji-dori, and during the Edo period, the sound of monks resting their chopsticks could be heard all the way to
Shichijo-ohashi. In this song, the boundaries between field recordings and other sounds are sometimes blurred, and the music is created by mixing and accumulating multiple times. You will hear the sound of the water flowing in the scenic garden in front of you.I hope that for a short while after the music ends, all the sounds of this world can be heard more vividly than before.” -Marihiko Hara
Meditation music of Jojuji Temple to prepare the mind and body Jojuji’s SOUND TRIP is music that you should listen to after preparing your heart. A sound meditation where you can experience meditation, created by collecting sounds from Jojuji Temple. Please take a look around the temple after finishing the experience. I hope that you will rediscover it there and enjoy sightseeing through sounds that you can’t usually notice.
The artist is Mr. AOKI takamasa, a musician who specializes in field recordings. Also works as a photographer. Below, we will tell you the thoughts that the artist put into this song.
“The ‘clock time’ that earthlings are usually conscious of is made up of the relationship between the sun and the earth, which is an extremely limited space in terms of space, and in a sense, it only works for earthlings in this solar system. I think that it is a scale that does not exist.If you observe the existence of “time” from a higher perspective, you will have doubts about whether time really exists in this universe.Actually, the basics of the universe are that there is no beginning and no end. From the perspective of human beings on Earth who are trapped in a finite body that has a beginning and an end, it’s just that they can’t understand the “infiniteness”? Just “this moment” is eternal. Through Zen and meditation experiences at Joju-ji Temple, blessed with fine weather, autumn foliage, and a pleasant breeze, I recorded the “now” I felt that day, that place, that time, that place. I expressed it using the sound that I made.” ― AOKI takamasa
In the future, we will expand to all over Japan while partnering mainly with shrines and temples in Kyoto. Just as the works of cutting-edge artists such as Eitoku Kano and Tohaku Hasegawa were exhibited at temples and shrines at the time, we will work with artists from around the world to create a new sound experience at Japanese temples and shrines.
The 4th installment will also be announced in partnership with more artists and temples.
[SOUND TRIP concept text]
An experience that can only be heard here now.
If you open your smartphone, you can listen to music anywhere you like. But hearing it in that place can change the experience. It’s not good anywhere. For example, when you discover a folk song that has been handed down from ancient times while traveling. Or when I come across a song that speaks of the land. It will become the theme song of your journey and travel together. And every time I hear that sound, the excitement of that trip revives. Sound Trip is a project in which artists use local sounds to create “music with a story” that can only be experienced there. This is an experiment to expand the experience of travel by listening to music. Music that is meaningful to experience there, all using sounds related to the place. It also revolves around temples and shrines. Just as the works of Eitoku Kano and Tohaku Hasegawa, artists who were active at the time, were exhibited at temples, temples and shrines are cultural salons, and tradition is an accumulation of avant-garde. Please use this as a starting point to explore the story of this land. Above all, we hope that this music will be the theme song for your next trip.
ON THE TRIP Expand your travel experience
Official website: https://on-the-trip.com/sound-trip
[SOUND TRIP 3rd member]
Chishaku-in Artist: Marihiko Hara
Jojuji Artist: AOKI Takamasa
Planning Director: Taro Yasuzawa
Designer: Kai Ota
Photographer: Hiroshi Homma and others
Representative: Yuki Naruse
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