陰陽師 - The Onmyouji

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This track was inspired by a flute piece composed in the Heian Period. The composer's name was Minamoto no Hiromasa. He is credited with coming up with the musical notation for various ancient Japanese instrumets. A true master of gagaku.

He was also a contemporary of Abe no Seimei, a prominent Onmyouji in the service of the emperor of the time.
Abe No Seimei excelled in a type of Japanese sorcery called Onmyoudo, "The Way of Yin and Yang." A mixture of natural science and occultism that was brought over to Japan from China in the 6th century. The symbol of this magickal discipline is a pentagram. Which stood for the 5 elements of Chinese philosophy. Air, Water, Fire, Metal, Wood. These same elements are represented in the suits of the Tarot, which are also represented on The Trump of the Magician.

One of the key sources of power in this system was spirit evocation.
For the purposes of this song, I imagined Abe no Seimei conjuring spirits through a ritual. These spirits eventually appear and gather around him.

(I also admit that I was eager to use my latest weapon in my musical arsenal, the Kaos Pad.)

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from The ArchArkana, released August 6, 2016
Sun in Taurus, Moon in Cancer.

Music by Minamoto no Hiromasa, and Gaze Santos.
Performed by Child Mercury.
Recorded and produced at the Star Chamber, Kagoshima, Japan.

This song is dedicated to Susumu Yokota and Isao Tomita, two fallen sonic sorcerers of Japan.

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Child Mercury Kagoshima, Japan

A repository for the musical/magickal projects of Gaze Santos, musician/magickian of the Hodic Sphere.
He is an aspiring multi-instrumentalist with folk and psychedelic leanings.
Originally hails from Canada, he currently resides in the land of the rising sun, also known as Japan.
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