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Haiku Music Challenge 27

Welcome to the twenty-seventh iteration of the Haiku Music Challenge, hosted by Naviar Records.

I came across this poem by Issa at an exhibition about Japan in Treviso, where I’m currently living. Among the four great masters of Japanese haiku, Issa was the most prolific: during his lifetime he wrote over 20,000 haiku, hundreds of tanka, and several haibun.

a clear waterfall

into the ripples

fall green pine needles

Issa’s poem inspired fourteen tracks, and here are some of my favorites:

Track: A clear waterfall
Artist: Oxebe
Genre: instrumental, soundtrack

Polish composer Oxebe joined our latest music challenge with an inspiring classical composition which gradually evolves but also changes direction swiftly at times: as if the artist wanted to represent the behavior of a pine needle carried by the river.

Track: Clear Green Ripples
Artist: windspace
Genre: ambient, field recordings

In this track by windspace natural sounds and electronic textures are expertly combined, creating a delicate balance between these two sonic elements.

Track: A clear waterfall
Artist: Night Note
Genre: ambient

Calming and delicate like most of Night Note’s compositions, this track is an enveloping journey through natural soundscapes.

Thank you for listening. Next week we’ll be listening to music inspired by a haiku by Debbie Strange:


I skip a pebble across

the universe

The deadline to submit your track is 24 July. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.

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