2013.02.10 -- Shanghai, China [Jade that Measures Earth and Sky] by Tomorrow's Man published on 2013-03-15T01:00:09Z •• Made for Headphones •• A recent trip to Shanghai, China, open my existence to something I'd drastically underrated previously: the Chinese New Year. While New Year's to most Westerners is merely an excuse to enjoy a day off of work (typically under some creative level of the influence of spirits), the Chinese New Year is a prolonged event, a weeks-long celebratory festival with conceptual roots spanning eons. Inhabiting Shanghai for two weeks -- but departing just a week before New Year's Day itself (2/10/2013) -- I'd only gotten the chance to wade into the surface of this energy. But oh, what a wading it was...the experience was apocryphal, and I've had difficulty thinking about anything since. Marrying the obsession with expression, I spent the past week -- from my return to the West to today, the first day of the Year of the Snake -- to develop a meditative composition that lets me never forget the intensity of even just having been able to scratch that glittering golden surface. I dedicate this to all of the wonderful and wonderfully patient individuals I met in China, those people who were willing to smile and laugh through my ignorance and open my existence to aspects of beauty I would never have been able to conceive. credits from Jade that Measures Earth and Sky, track released 10 February 2013 Composed and recorded by Tomorrow's Man. The fundamental drone represents the snake, undulating, endless. The drone was created from an extemporaneous piano motif that I played for about three minutes, then Enoed into a mesmerizing loop. Aspects of the background float and flutter, representing the dragon taking in our existence before departing (for a while); these aspects were created from source recordings I captured from the markets and roads of Shanghai from January 29 - February 3, 2013. Additional sounds were recorded and sampled from my collection of tingsha bells, singing bowls, hulusi, etc.