Water Garden
EM Records
EM1208 LP
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3Lady with Chinese Parasol
4Gate of Market
5A Trip to the Bamboo Forest
6The Water Garden
7Vessel with Torch

A buoyant album from the early 90s, »The Water Garden« was created by Okinawa-born Kojun Kokuba under the inspiring image of a ›happy Asia‹ thriving in the sea-based trading networks of the medi-eval to pre-modern era, with the concept that various types of music, as well as physical goods, were distributed and dispersed across the seas connecting various parts of east and southeast Asia. Fittingly, the music here has definite and distinctive Ryukyu island roots, but is informed by a number of other Asian musical traditions, layering phrases derived from numerous Asian scales, often altered by Kojun, eschewing typical Western chordal harmonic movement.

Kojun uses the synths and multitrack recorders of the early 90s to, in his words, »pile up lines« in sweet and not at all overbearing melodic accumula-tions, with a desire to distribute and disperse a new energy from Oki-nawa to the rest of Asia and the world. Despite a pleasing and compel-ling rhythmic lilt and the use of synths and drum machines, this music was not created as a product for the dance floor; Kojun envisioned a type of electronic salon music, a “light music” made with contemporary technology.

This is the first LP edition of the self-produced original 1993 CD release and includes bonus tracks and liner notes in English and Japanese.