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