小畜履

by 王阳明

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about

For over 3000 years, Chinese scholars and philosophers have been studying the Yijing, in most western countries better known as the 'Book of Change.' Yet, to most of the, the book seems so complex, they cannot thoroughly understand the book's deeper meaning, until the end of their lives. Even famous philosopher Confucius said, he could not fully comprehend the meaning of the Yijing.

王阳明 (Wang Yangming) takes us on a journey through the deepest realms of the Yijing. Each of his albums explores the meaning of two of the 64 hexagrams of the book by musically experimenting with different kinds of samples, ranging from 80's Chinese pop music and classical music to animes, commercials and porn, while not losing his very unique and strongly ambient-influenced style.

Each of the hexagrams in the Yijing consists of six straight or broken lines, either Yin or Yang, creating a total of 64 possible outcomes for the oracle, 64 different ways of viewing life or 64 ways of analyzing the world. Every line in a hexagram has a distinct meaning and is being explored in its own track on the album, starting from the lowest line (初 - chu; beginning), and working all its way up to the highest line (上 - shang; above).

The first hexagram 小畜 (Xiao Xu) tells the story of a subject returning to its own path and evading misfortune by firmly sticking to it.
The second hexagram 履 (Lü) shows us how some situations might look like misfortune, but seen from a greater distance turns into prosperity.

Music video for ䷉ 九四: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IPOdq1EjRs (credits to Venjjeance)

All the translations were done by 王阳明 himself, based on James Legge's translations from 1899. Cover art and digital booklet by 维新噩梦工厂.

For more music by 王阳明, please visit his official Bandcamp page: wangyangming.bandcamp.com

credits

released May 20, 2016

Thanks to everyone, who kept me company, and all of those, who supported me while the time I spent on producing this album, in Beijing.

-王阳明

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首都 TAPES INC. is an internet label specialized on experimental music, based in Beijing and Munich. Releasing story/conceptual albums only.
Library established in 2015

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Track Name: ䷈ 初九
复自道,何其咎,吉。

Returning to his own way. What error should he fall into? There will be good fortune.
Track Name: ䷈ 九二
牵复,吉。

Led [by the former line,] he returns [to his own way.] There will be good fortune.
Track Name: ䷈ 九三
舆说辐,夫妻反目。

The concept of a carriage's spokes, or of a husband and a wife with averted eyes.
Track Name: ䷈ 六四
有孚,血去惕出,无咎。

He has trust. The bloodshed will not take place, but he is still cautious. There will not be any error.
Track Name: ䷈ 九五
有孚挛如,富以其邻。

He has trust and makes other act just alike. With his rich resources, he employs his neighbors for his cause.
Track Name: ䷈ 上九
既雨既处,尚德载,妇贞厉。月几望,君子征凶。

The rain has fallen, and [the progress] has stayed, so we must value the fulfillment of virtue. If the wife stays firm and correct, there will be peril. The moon is almost full. If the virtuous man punishes [the guilty,] there will be misfortune.
Track Name: ䷉ 初九
素履,往无咎。

Walking on the accustomed path with leather boots, in going forward, there will be no error.
Track Name: ䷉ 九二
履道坦坦,幽人贞吉。

The path, walked on, is broad and level. A quiet and solitary man, if he stays firm, there will be good fortune.
Track Name: ䷉ 六三
眇能视,跛能履,履虎尾,咥人,凶。武人为于大君。

One blind that can see, one lame that can walk on his path, walking on a tiger's tail, a person gets bitten. There will be bad fortune. One [simple] warrior acting as a great ruler.
Track Name: ䷉ 九四
履虎尾,愬愬,终吉。

Walking on a tiger's tail, he [fully permeates the meaning of the situation and] starts to tremble in fear. In the end, there will be good fortune.
Track Name: ䷉ 九五
夬履,贞厉。

He walks on decisively. Even when staying firm, there will be peril.
Track Name: ䷉ 上九
庆履考祥,其旋元吉。

Looking at the path being walked on, examining the omen. Those, [who carry this out] will earn the most thorough of good fortune.