Kitaro – Sacred Journey Of Ku-kai (2003)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 68:44 minutes | Scans included | 4,12 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,27 GB
Sacred Journey of Ku-kai is first in a series of albums intended to address personal and global concerns alongside forward-thinking views of spiritual growth. Kitaro has embarked on a spiritual pilgrimage, visiting temples on the island of Shikoku, Japan once undertaken by Buddhist holy man, Ku-kai, more than 1,100 years ago. Sampling bells sounds from each temple, Kitaro distills their essence with inspired musical landscapes.
Although the general impression of Kitaro’s music is that it consists almost entirely of undifferentiated space rock synth noodling, the truth is actually a bit more interesting than that. (Which is not to say that there aren’t sections of The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai that sound like someone taped down random keys on an old synthesizer and then went to get a cup of coffee.) This lengthy piece of program music features plenty of real instruments, particularly woodwinds and percussion, along with bits of birdsong and other nature sounds. Later in the album, unexpected elements like some old-fashioned prog rock electric guitar (on “Flow” and “Evening Sun”) and even the out-of-nowhere appearance of a full choir of Buddhist monks (“Nen”) add further interest to the sound. It’s still an uninterrupted bliss-out, and anyone who requires such subtleties as melody and rhythm in their music will be driven insane, but there’s more to The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai than the previously uninitiated might expect.
06. The Wind
08. Evening Sun
10. Earth In Bloom
It is Kitaro’s intention that his message of peace through music will inspire and unify us universally in global and spiritual co-existence. “The wars of the world don’t come from outer space. People create them, people who have a war within themselves. I want to create music that eases that war within.” — Kitaro