Asian music is subdivided into regionally coined musical trends and conceptual arrangements. Chinese music relates on the one hand to the Han Chinese, on the other to various ethnic minorities in the People’s Republic of China. Outside the mainland, people from Chinese origin also produce Chinese music with traditional Chinese instruments or in Chinese language.
From Chinese documents dating to the early periods of Chinese civilization, there are indications of a well developed music culture already in existence during the Zhou dynasty (256 B.C. – 1122 B.C.). Part of the present Chinese cultural scene is based thereon. Traditional Chinese music is quite popular. Annual events such as the Midi Modern Music Festival in Peking attract tens of thousands of attendees. There was also the Snow Mountain Music Festival (Chinese version of Woodstock) back in 2002 in Yunnan province.
The Japanese word for music is ongaku, which combines the Kanji words “on” (=sound) and “gaku” (=to enjoy). There are several forms of traditional Japanese music. There is Shomyo , or rather Buddhist hymns, and Gagaku, or rather orchestral court music from the Nara and Heian periods. Gagaku is a type of classical music that was performed at the imperial court. Kagura-uta, Azuma-asobi and Yamato-uta are endemic repertoire. Togaku and komagaku come from the Chinese Tang dynasty and spreads over the Korean peninsula to Japan. Furthermore, it subdivides into gagaku ensembles (instrumental music) and bugaku (a dance accompanied by gagaku).
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A beautiful and melodic China / Tibetan / Malaysian / Far Eastern Orient instrumental track. Romantic, pretty and evocative, featuring Java gong, Chinese temple flute and various other oriental instruments. Suitable for travel programs, documentaries as well as romance and idyllic imagery etc.
A varied track which goes through various movements; some serene and romantic - others dark and menacing. Japanese Taiko drums, Shinmue, Koto, and Waterphone. This track goes through many different sections of Japanese inspired music.
String drone and ethnic flute. Dark, ominous, sparse, like the desert, savannah, mighty mountain ridges or vast open landscapes. Highly suitable for nature or travel.
Delicate and atmospherically dense, gamma radiation ala Asia
Birdsongs and trickling water, a musical haiku
Get on the rickshaw and enjoy the ride through Delhi. Positive Indian background music with an exotic flavor to it.
Melting, Graceful, Lyric
Musical trip through the Middle Kingdom called China
Japanese ballad for a Fire Flower
The story of the blooming and withering of the beautiful Japanese Rose
A soft, ethereal and dreamy ambient track featuring swirling pad textures and Indian Sarangi guitar. Atmospheric, evocative and ethereal. Great for travel, adventure, reflection and world discovery.
Grooving break beat with Asian flavor.
This smooth and soft world-fusion track uses the traditional Indian instrument Sarangi, which is a bit like a violin (although it predates the violin in existence). The traditional role of this instrument is to play in unison with the vocalist, but here the Saranghi has come into its own right, mixed with a downtempo electronica beat, tabla, tamborines and soft pads. A silky smooth, exotic and beautiful world ethnic track, highly suitable for travel, journeys, holidays and vacations in exotic and far-away places. Slightly wistful or sorrowful, but also comforting and hopeful.
Agile, Dancing, Undulating
Simple ethnic flute melody.
Contemporary World Fusion with floating pads and groove percussion. Perfect for games, documentaries and promotional films with Arabic magical background.
Busy ethnic sound with tablas, clay drums and sitars. Disturbing drone. Vocal chant.
An old dusty temple in Tibet is slowly waking up as the suns race begin to trace light through the hollow windows and fills the room with life.
Middle eastern sound and instruments (voice, flute, sitar, drums).