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#1 2008-07-01 09:54:33

Dun Romin
From: Holland
Registered: 2008-04-19
Posts: 136


Hello Shakuhachi-colleages,

I'm reading an older German book about Japanese music of Ingrid Fritsch and when she talks about the Japanese tonesystem, she talks about Insen en Yosen scale's. Ichiro Seki told me lately something about the modes Insempo en Yosempo. The two explanations are somewhat fitting. Can somebody help me out, telling me if those notions mean the same thing? Can they by used simultaneously?

Dun Romin

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#2 2008-07-01 18:24:37

From: Louisville Colorado USA
Registered: 2006-03-01
Posts: 82

Re: Insen-Yosen????

If I've got this correct:

Yo == Yosen == Inaka Bushi
In == Insen == Miyako Bushi

If I recall correctly, the kanji "po" in Yosenpo" that I've seen is 'steps'

The Kanji for Yo means "sunny"   and   "In"  is "Cloudy"   gives some idea of the releative feeling of the scales (or are they modes?)

Mike Rosenlof



#3 2008-07-01 18:42:53

Tairaku 太楽
From: Tasmania
Registered: 2005-10-07
Posts: 3226

Re: Insen-Yosen????

Yo is the natural notes of the shakuhachi i.e. ro, tsu, re, chi, ri. You can play songs such as "Soran Bushi" with this scale.

Insenpo is (up and down) re, u, ri, ro, tsu, re, tsu meri, ro, ri, u, re. Or same intervals based on ro or any other pitch. Note that there is tsu ascending and tsu meri on the descent. So the scale works a little differently depending on whether the melody is going up or down in pitch. Most of the sankyoku is based on this.

Speculation is that shakuhachi replaced hitoyogiri in hogaku because shakuhachi can play the insen scale and hitoyogiri can't do it well.

I don't know if they're properly termed scales or modes, maybe one of our numerous Ph.D's or Ph.D candidates can answer that one.

'Progress means simplifying, not complicating' : Bruno Munari



#4 2008-07-01 19:51:01

From: Salt Lake City
Registered: 2005-10-09
Posts: 2185

Re: Insen-Yosen????

For those interested:

Zen is not easy.
It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have?



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