Nothing virtual. No artificial instruments. No tricks, no strings attached. No electronic beat, no synths, no percussion. This one is about taking you to your core with only handmade music.
Maybe this is the only time ever I’ll cross a track like this one to write about in the kms musicblog, and I know, we are usually more about electro, hip hop, rock or anything – but “In the Stream” from Tokyo based musician Rodrigo Rodriguez just blew me away. I don’t know why, but I felt I just had to write something and spread the word.
I heard (and made) a lot of music over the years, but this one made me humbly bow my head when listening to. Played with a japanese Shakuhachi bamboo flute, the track instantly brings a kind of peace to you on the very first seconds. Mixed very carefully, the track uses room reverb and instrument placement in an extremely outstanding manner. And that’s pretty much where my knowledge of the used techniques end – I don’t know the first thing about how the flute is played, or which scale it covers. But I know this: the composition slows down whatever scene you are right from the start. The track is described by Rodriguez as Zen music, and it’s taken from an album called “Music for Zen Meditation”. Giving it a listen, you’ll know what this means, the track itself practically is like a instruction for calming and focusing. I’m stunned of the songwriting abilities of the artist, and I wonder what lead to the track… was it a feeling? A landscape? A situation? An emotion? All of this you’ll be able to explore for yourself if you take the time to listen. In a world where it’s all about getting more things faster, you’ll get the opportunity to just close your eyes for four minutes and let your mind do with the music whatever it wants to do without being interrupted by the usual hectic thoughts.
Obviously, Rodriguez is a professional in what he does. A true musician. With giving concerts all over the world and releasing albums and tracks on any major platform out there, I feel that I’m not one of few who this skilful artist was able to reach and touch – but one of many. In my opinion he is one of those artists representing what music is all about, no matter which genre you’re into. I strongly recommend to check out Rodriguez’ other work on Soundcloud or the major distribution networks. All the other tracks are made in the same detailed fashion like “In The Stream” and absoutely worth a listen. For additional information check out his website or facebook account.