#52: Sacred Songs: Is Music A Mind-Altering Substance?
Join us for a little dive into the world of sacred songs. Oisin Lunny speaks to someone who gives a fresh new perspective on the matter: beatboxer, zen music artists and buddhist monk, Yogetsu Akasaka!
A podcast on all things audio presented to you by HARMAN and our family of audio brands including JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG. Host Oisin Lunny, music journalist and audio enthusiast, will interview expert guests, legends of the music industry, and audio scientists to discuss the power of music and audio in all its facets.
About Yogetsu Akasaka
Yogetsu Akasaka is a Zen Buddhist Monk born in Tokyo, Japan. He started his musical career in 2005, busking on the streets of London, Sydney, and NYC as a beatboxer.
In 2015 he became a Zen Buddhist Monk to follow his father’s footsteps and deepen his spiritual growth. After practicing 2,5 years at the Soto Zen Buddhism Monastery in Japan, Yogetsu decided to pick up the mic and start making music again.
Back in Tokyo, the Beatboxing Monk was born; combining Buddhist chanting with live looping, beatboxing, handpan, and his multi-layered voice.
During the pandemic, Yogetsu’s unique healing sound went viral, reaching 11+ million views with 200k+ followers. Creating music as medicine for mental health, gave him exposure in global media, such as Vice Magazine, and he became an Official Selected Artist at SXSW 2023.
His music, wisdom, and lifestyle inspires and harmonizes audiences worldwide with their mental health, well-being, and overall happiness.
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