Hiroki Okano - Interplanetary Garden: Music For Helio Compass
Released: April 26, 2019
Format: Digital Download
Interplanetary Garden: Music For Helio Compass is a 52-minute grand musical score by Hiroki Okano, Japan’s leading ambient music composer. The grand musical score that represents a year-long revolution of the planet Earth, features an assortment of sounds that perfectly coincides with this year’s astronomical events. These include 24 seasonal divisions, moon phases as well other major seasonal points on the calendar.
Incidentally, Hiroki was invited to the grand festival of Arunachala Hill, a holy place in India, and made a pilgrimage there in the midst of production. He visited several venerable temples to dedicate his musical performances. They included the Navagraha temples, dubbed “the nine planet temples”, that enshrine nine deities respectively, each symbolizing a major celestial body in the solar system. During a festive highlight, when sacred sticks were burnt and people offered prayers, the entire Arunachala Hill was plunged into darkness due to a power outage. After the bustle had vanished and complete silence embraced the town, Hiroki miraculously captured the sound of thunder. That sound impressively heralds the season in the composition.
Varied ambient sounds, including the resonance of life on Earth, sounds of flowing water and whispering wind, harmonize with the musical passages. Take your time to unwind, to simply listen to the music and sense the vibrations of Earth, visualizing the solar system, just as if you were sitting on the floor in front of a Zen garden.
The HELIO COMPASS is a circular calendar that acts as a time-space map of the solar system. Set with the Sun as the center of the calendar, the Helio Compass represents each orbit of the nine planets on a scale of 1:1,000,000,000,000. Through the observation of the one-year revolution of Earth, we can locate our current position in the solar system. The Helio Compass is an unconventional style of calendar, starting on the day of the Vernal Equinox, which provides an innovative perspective that can be shared with all life on Earth.
All songs written and arranged by Hiroki Okano
Natural sound designed by Hiroki Okano
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Hiroki Okano
Concept designed by Kaichi Sugiyama
Additional musician: Miwafuku
01. Interplanetary Garden : Music For Helio Compass
Nirvana Westerly : Spring
Peaked Clouds : Summer
Starred Night : Autumn
Divine Westerly : Winter