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While most ambient music evokes a place or an ambience figuratively, (Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports” was, after all, not composed for a departure lounge), Yasuaki Shimizu’s latest musical challenge was to create music that worked on both a literal and metaphoric level. His current release, “Seventh Garden,” was originally composed as the “soundscape” for the massive Pacific Flora 2004 exhibition currently running in Shizuoka.

Playing in eight-hour cycles through a specially designed, flower-shaped speaker system, “Seventh Garden” accompanies visitors as they wander through the flora (and in some of the more avant-garde installments, robots and glass-blown figures) that make up the six consecutive gardens of the central exhibit, the “Dream Garden Factory.”

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