"Benjamin P Smith's album Exit Tokyo fosters wanderlust, or at the very least advocates for a moment of deliberate imagination, instrumentally characterizing both the stories that we've lived and the stories we still seek to live." Mitchell J. Dorn - Tacoma, WA
"Benjamin P Smith has done it again, putting together a compilation of music that will touch every area of your heart. With beautiful tones Ben will connect you with the soul of Tokyo’s traditional sound. Your life WILL be enriched by this music." Aaron Logue - Bremerton, WA
This is an all new release of my album "Exit Tokyo." Significant changes have been made. The spoken poetry has been removed so it is 100% instrumental, featuring a Rhodes vintage Piano, Acoustic Cello, Found Percussion and Other Ambient sounds. The Levels and gaps between the tracks have been artistically boosted and smoothed out so that this album will provide you with 40+ minutes of uninterrupted music. There is a 2 second gap between each track, and new fades have been added to make the listening experience as seamless as possible. I'm very excited about this re-release and believe that you have in your digital device the best version of this music that we could cook up for you!
I hope that you will enjoy this album, I have had a lot of fun revisiting it and reliving the memories from this creative project. I believe that this album makes a great sound track for doing yoga, art and other creative, meditative and healing activities. It's my hope that you find some peace and inspiration from the inspiration I received from nature and the beautiful places and people of Japan.
The Tracks are "Tone Poems" painting in music my impressions and feelings about specific locations and deeply personal moments from my first trip to Japan in 1999. The Setting for most of the scenery is the beautiful city of Matsumoto. (Matsumoto is the gateway to the Japanese Alps and is beautiful city that incorporates the rural life into it's culture.) Called the music Capitol of Japan for the music festivals held annually, it is also the hometown for the Talent Research Method (Suzuki Method) I went there to study Classical Piano and Pedagogy with one of the founders of the method Dr. Haruko Kataoka.
This album is named in Honor of my friend Toshi, One day in Washington State we were hiking the beautiful trails of Paradise taking in the beautify of nature near Mt. Rainier (Tahoma -the sister Mt. to Fuji-san) I was sharing my dream with him to create an album that commemorated my first trip to Japan. He shared a story of how he and his Girlfriend would get a longing to see the stars, living in Tokyo they couldn't see them. So, every once in a while they would board a train to the countryside at night to see the stars, and that's where I got the name, "Exit Tokyo."
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Please share this online on Facebook/Twitter or directly with your friends who love instrumental music in the next 3 days! I would love to see people around the world downloading and spreading the love and light through music! Since I believe that music is something that is valuable, I will be raising the price to $10 after the initial launch! This is to give first comers as well as my biggest fans the gift of this album for practically free! Much love to you all, Ben