Emperor and Penguin [WRP002]

by Mike Tamburo

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Mike Tamburo: Korg Kronos, Korg Wavedrum, Zoom H4, Two linked Boss RC-505s loopers, Izotope Iris, Bells, Sound Plates, Milltone Drum, Kalimba, Field Recordings

"Oops I did it again!

I have a new release called Emperor and Penguin available today on the new label run by my friends Ryan and Mch called White Reeves Productions. It is available as a limited edition cassette and download through their site.

I composed this during the coldest days of the winter of 2015. I had been rummaging through field recordings I had made the previous summer around my yard, at Point State Park, at the Aviary and around Highland Park in Pittsburgh. The sounds were such a vast contrast to my wintery environment. I dozed off listening to the summer sounds and I awoke with the concept of Emperor and Penguin.

This is the story of a young penguin who wakes after a long sleep. As the world comes back into focus everything seems new to her. She has almost forgotten that today is the day she will be begin her journey to be coronated as Emperor of the Penguins. Her father reminds her of the responsibility that she is about to take on. She feels nervous and scared. The young penguin talks to her father about her doubts that she will make a good Emperor. Her father reassures her that her kindness and honesty are what the penguins need in a leader and that she must be strong for her journey ahead.

The coronation ceremony requires our young penguin to journey to the highest glacier in their kingdom so that she can see all of the land that she is meant to rule. It is said that the experiences she has on her expedition will transform and mold her into her new role as Emperor. It is a difficult journey that requires her to travel through and beyond the land of humans before she makes the difficult trek up the glacier and then back to her kingdom. She has many adventures along the way. The journey teaches her many lessons. She arrives at the apex of the glacier transformed. She is the Emperor. This is the soundtrack of her journey." --- Mike Tamburo


released April 2, 2015

Artwork and Photo by Ryan Emmett



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