Michael Robinson
Fire Monkey

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Fire Monkey (1994) Includes eight contrasting compositions with scoring for a wide range of acoustic and synthesized instrumental timbres.

Even though my musical instincts led me from traditional human performance to the new environs of computer-expressed music, my compositions are conceived as performance pieces. Thus, all of my music is played in real time, without any overdubbing.

If you are willing to consider that human performers are a tradition rather than a given for musical expression, you may discover that computers are perfect instruments for the musical distillation of intellectual, sensual and spiritual energies, capable of articulating the nuances of one’s soul. There is a greater emphasis on what rather than who.

 
March Wind
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Year of the Rooster
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Jade Streams
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Distant Breakers
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Mountain Temple
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Ghosts
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Soft Stone
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Fire Monkey
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Availability
Azure Miles Records
iTunes

 

 

March Wind is pure, uninhibited energy delighting in labyrinthine complexities... Year of the Rooster, in three movements, presents a kaleidoscope of sonic colors throughout its three contrasting movements... Jade Streams was inspired by my first visit to Venezia... Distant Breakers is a shimmering gallop through a poly-cultural landscape... Mountain Temple, in four movements, was named for a Japanese silk-screen painting... Ghosts refers to my memories of people from the past... Soft Stone was inspired by a jukebox song... Fire Monkey is a title taken from the Chinese lunar calendar.

— Michael Robinson, January 1994, Los Angeles (excerpted from original liner notes)