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Monkey King

by Barry Schrader

Music of an underworldly, spiritual landscape set within Chinese mythology. “Monkey King” harmoniously coexists between modern technology and ancient mythology. - Will F., Leicester Bangs
Genre: Avant Garde: Electronic Avant-Garde
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wu Xing - Cycle of Destruction
19:28 $1.99
2. Monkey King - Part I - The Land of Ao-Lai - The Birth of Monkey
8:50 $0.99
3. Monkey King - Part II - Monkey's Underwater Voyage - The Staff of the Milky Way
9:47 $0.99
4. Monkey King - Part III - Monkey's Magic Dance - Jumping Buddha's Palm
7:04 $0.99
5. Monkey King - Part IV - Procession of the Immortals - Monkey Becomes a Buddha
11:29 $1.99
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Album Notes
In the ancient Chinese land of Ao-lai, on the Mountain of Flowers and Fruit was a magic rock. This rock gave birth to an egg which hatched into a stone monkey. So begins one of the great classic Chinese works of literature, "Journey to the West", written around 1550 by Wu Cheng-en. This book chronicles the adventures of the Monkey King, one of the most fascinating fictional characters ever created.

Barry Schrader has taken some of the most famous scenes from this book and created "Monkey King", a new electronic music journey into the imagined past of Chinese legend. In the tradition of Schrader's "Lost Atlantis", "Monkey King" explores an immense imaginary aural landscape. Tokafi critic and artist Tobias Fischer writes:

"Monkey King" is a colorful combination of Schrader's recognizably arousing orchestral maneuvers with an immediate melodic appeal, gentle harmonic textures, and electronic echoes of traditional Chinese instruments. While individual elements sound strangely familiar, the resulting entity is without direct reference, a style which is as timeless as it is futuristic and which revels an ancient mythology with the tools of today. Without a single doubt, this piece is the most accessible in Schrader's oeuvre.

Also on this CD is Schrader's "Wu Xing - Cycle of Destruction", which explores the five ancient Chinese elements, Metal, Wood, Earth, Water, and Fire in transcendent ways.



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