Happy Halloween. This is a very early mash-up I made with samples from Monkey Conquers the Demon and the distorted drumtrack from Tortoise’s ‘Seneca.’ It’s a little all over the place and some of the levels are off, but fitting for today. Continue reading
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Like most kids growing up in a Chinese household, I was introduced to the story of the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) from Journey to the West at an early age. Nearly 40 years later, I still think it’s a fantastic story and fondly recall reading Arthur Waley‘s English translation and watching the excellent Shanghai Film Studio cartoons as a kid.
My daughter is a fan as well and has watched ‘The Monkey King Conquers the Demon‘ (金猴降妖) – the third installment of the Shanghai Film Studio series – at least a few dozen times. I still enjoy it as well, primarily for its distinct soundtrack, composed by Hou Jiakang and Yu Miaoying, which is filled with eerie violins, creepy chimes, haunting harp sequences and awesome analogue sound effects – all very reminiscent of Polish Jazz composer Krzysztof Komeda‘s soundtracks for Roman Polanski films.
I’ve been living and working in Beijing since ’99 and have seen and undergone some pretty crazy changes here, but one thing that has remained constant is my lifelong obsession with music. Growing up in Houston in the 70s and 80s, I had a walkman glued to my head and went through all the requisite musical phases – starting from Top 40 to classic rock and metal, to punk and new wave, on into industrial (and even grindcore), indie and post-rock (whatever that means), noise and beyond.
But throughout my life – even when I was a hormonal high school freshman singing The Cure and Morrissey songs in the shower – I’ve always been most addicted to hip hop. More than any other genre, hip hop’s sounds, aesthetic, lyrics and beats have always grabbed me on a deeper level and I find myself going back to it again no matter where my wandering musical tastes take me. Continue reading