CD Tracks

Here are the track notes for pieces featured on our CD Ocean Breath. These tracks are available for listening and download at:

And the new Bandcamp app for iOS and Android gives anyone with a fan account instant mobile access to our tracks:

We plan to start a blog about each piece with the background story on how that piece came to be… how it got its name… and we ask our listeners to give any comments or feedback about the pieces that they like (or don’t like!). This is a place to ask questions about the instruments or the music making as well if you like. Anyway… they will be the blogs… here at least are the tracks titles, duration, instrumentation and a small blurb each.

1. Tidal Drift  波に漂う      (G shakuhachi, G didgeridoo, beatbox)    5:45

Swimming in the ocean
currents pull my body
sometimes frightening
always invigorating


2. Coastal Track  ガタガタ道     (D didgeridoo, beatbox)    1:30

bouncing along a corrugated track
in a rusty old vehicle
sun beating down on my arm
I breathe the Ocean in


3. Through the Mist  朝靄につつまれて   (B didgeridoo, B shakuhachi)  2:58

Early morning mist muffles the sea,
shrouding ships lying offshore.


4. Osprey Island  ミサゴの住む島    (D shakuhachi, D didgeridoo)  4:16

Atop a rocky islet
the first rays of sun touch a large nest of driftwood.
A pair of osprey circle below,
snatching fish in their talons.


5. Sacred!  セイクリッド!    (G didge, beatbox, G shakuhachi)  4:12

Many aboriginal elders want their sacred land left undisturbed, yet Australian uranium fuels nuclear reactors in Japan. The environment and livelihood of Japanese seaweed farmers and local fishermen are threatened, and children in Fukushima struggle with fears of an uncertain future. Let us return to the sacred; not the scarred, not the scared.

ぽちがなく 裏の畑で ウラニウム
かねがほしけりゃ ここほれわんわん


6. Deep turquoise, white wake  白い航跡    (B shakuhachi, B didge)   3:15

gazing at the wake
behind our small fishing boat
just grandad and me

航跡 に

7. Tears of Pearl  真珠の涙    (Ab bell, Ab shakuhachi)  4:33

Giant pearls and their exquisite shells are harvested in the turquoise waters off Broome in North West Australia. From the late 19th century through to World War II Broome’s most celebrated deep-sea divers were Japanese. Over 900 Japanese headstones stand testament to the dangers of the pursuit of these ocean treasures.


8. The Sea that Connects  ご縁    (C fipple flute, Ab bell, C didge, chant, beatbox) 6:17

 Some view the sea as that which separates, but for centuries ocean wind and currents have borne many to meet on distant shores.


9. Ocean Breath   オーシャンブレス    (B didgeridoo, beatbox, D shakuhachi)  6:35

vast white dune
wide blue sky
shifting sands
ocean breath


10. Skittering Sandpipers  ちょこまか    (beatbox, B shakuhachi)  1:32

As the tide retreats, sandpipers and other waders probe the wet sand, feeding on worms, small shellfish and crustaceans. In the dying light of the sun, their thin legs are reflected in the shallows.


11. Rain Dance on the Ocean  雨踊る海面      (beatbox)   1:40

At sunset, heavy rain dances on the ocean.
A corroboree of waters.


12. Sealions at play  海驢     (D shakuhachi, G didgeridoo)  2:55

At the base of a tiny island, a colony of sealions sun themselves on rocks. In the waves, young cubs dive and tumble over one another in endless play.


13. If Stromatolites Could Talk…    もしもストロマトライトが話せたら  
  Stromatolites Stromatolites Stromatolites Stromatolites (beatbox, B didgeridoo)    1:25

Stromatolites are ancient ‘living rocks’, sedimentary domes cemented by cyanobacteria. Sitting in communal clusters in shallow waters for the last 3.5 billion years, they produce oxygen through photosynthesis… giving us BREATH!


14. Bareback on the beach  裸馬に乗って    (D didge, beatbox, D shakuhachi)  3:59

A horse canters by the waters edge, its mane flying in the sea breeze. Half submerged by breaking waves, a man on his horse is cast in bronze. Charles O’Connor (1843-1902) designed the Goldfields Pipeline, pumping reservoir water from Perth far inland to desert mining communities. Just before the completion of the world’s longest fresh water pipeline, O’Connor could no longer stand public criticism of his expensive pipe dream. With gun in hand, he rode his horse to an isolated beach, galloping into the Indian Ocean, and shot himself.

一頭の馬がゆるい駆け足で海のへりを走る。海風に揺られ鬣がなびく。荒れた波が足を水中に沈めた。馬に乗る男は、 チャールズ・オコナー (1843-1902)で、金鉱地と町のパイプラインを繋ぎ、貯水場から水をオーストラリア奥地の砂漠地帯にある採鉱コミュニティーまで流す役割を成し遂げる人だった。しかしまだ世界で最も長い距離、新鮮な水を届けるパイプラインが完成する前のこと、痛烈な民衆の批判がオコナーを襲った。莫大な費用がかかる無謀な夢という内容の批判だった。彼は長い間それにうちこたえることが難しかった。コナーは銃を手に持ち、彼の馬に股がり人里離れた海辺へと出た。インド洋の海の中へと疾走していった。静かな海へと還った。

15. Eroded landscape  ピナクルズ    (G whirlies, G shakuhachi, G didge)  5:05

Dramatic cliffs, long sandy beaches and exposed coral reefs fringe the ancient coastline. Shells broken down into white lime sands blow inland forming high mobile dunes. Eerily shaped stone pinnacles dot a sandy plain. A landscape forever changing.


16. Bodhisattva Blessing  菩薩    (Eb bell, chant, Ab shakuhachi)  5:27

A breath based meditation incorporating a Buddhist mantra known as the 13 bodhisattvas – the enlightened ones, offering a prayer of healing.


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