Electronic composer Barry Schrader was asked by Wadada Leo Smith in 2005 to create an 'overlay' work, a conceptual composition that could become the foundation against which he would create his own work. Smith's concept would focus on the various frequencies of light shining through the ocean at different depths, or filtered out. This idea of water inspired Schrader to use the concept of "wu xing", the Chinese cycle of birth and destruction, in which water is one of the five elements, next to metal, wood, earth and fire. Water ends the cycle of birth and fire the the cycle of destruction.
The Wu Xing Cycle of Destruction is "a fivefold conceptual scheme that many traditional Chinese fields used to explain a wide array of phenomena, from cosmic cycles to the interaction between internal organs, and from the succession of political regimes to the properties of medicinal drugs" (Wikipedia), which also includes some musical guidance for - as you may have guessed - pentatonic scales.
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