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Haiku Music Challenge 85

Welcome to the eighty-fifth iteration of the Haiku Music Challenge, hosted by Naviar Records.

A follower of Matsuo Bashô, Hattori Ransetsu was a samurai who became a monk after his master’s death. Just like the great Bashô, Ransetsu also was a frequent traveler and recorded this in his journals with haiku.

In stony moonlight
hills and fields on every side

white and bald as eggs . . .

Twelve tracks were made in response to Hattori Ransetsu’s haiku, and here’s my selection for The Haiku Foundation:


Artist: Gab Chi
Genre: electronic

The first submission to the haiku music challenge by Gab Chi is a hypnotic electronic piece accompanied by equally mesmerizing visuals.

Track: In stony moonlight
Artist: Boson Spin
Genre: ambient

This track by Australian producer Boson Spin is an immersive soundscape that captures the haiku’s qualities perfectly.

Track: in stony moonlight
Artist: Tunnelwater
Genre: drone

Tunnelwater’s soothing guitar compositions are beautiful and enveloping, seamlessly combining guitar riffs with ambient elements. Here’s his latest work.

Thank you for listening. Next week we’ll be selecting music inspired by Issa:

watching the whiteness

of summer kimonos . . .
Sumida River

The deadline to submit your track is 12 August. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.

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