Please excuse any sloppiness in my writing or lack of detail.
I find myself messing with the shakuhachi from the WI library probably more than other instruments. Then I ask myself:
- what is the shakuhachi (i mean that in a deeper sense than a flute)?
- what is it's purpose when related to feeling?
- how does it work in the sense of feeling or emotion? such as, what does it represent?
To my understanding the shakuhachi is an instrument for very deep meditation that is based around the breath of the player. Does that mean that one should not write some kind of melody? Supposedly it originated in China but is now considered to be a Japanese instrument. I think, though, may be wrong that the shakuhachi is used to understand the soul's meditation who is playing the shakuhachi, through the manipulation of the sound by the breath - and therefore the listener can understand what it is - precisely (if the listener is as attuned to sound as the player, etc.) - the player is feeling.
Though, I still have no real and true understanding of the shakuhachi.
To my understanding eastern music tuning originated from a Buddhist monk who achieved a state of feeling and understanding of sound - to such a high degree he could create flutes that sounded like bird calls. I find that to be very beautiful - perhaps a myth - though nonetheless beautiful, imo.
I guess my point is that I find it fascinating that each instrument has such unbelievable meaning and stories behind them and what they represent - and am curious to learn more about what instrument should be used for what, etc.
All The Best.
As a side note, I think the orchestra is slightly different - it seems to be more of a basis or foundation. As, imo, twelve tone is, or any aligned (I guess one would say) tuning method?