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Emperor and Penguin

by Mike Tamburo

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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.

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 him. He has almost forgotten that today is the day he will be begin his journey to be coronated as Emperor of the Penguins. His father reminds him of the responsibility that he is about to take on. He feels nervous and scared. The young penguin talks to his father about his doubts that he will make a good Emperor. His father reassures him that his kindness and honesty are what the penguins need in a leader and that he must be strong for his journey ahead.

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


released May 6, 2015

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

Artwork and Photo by Ryan Emmett


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Mike Tamburo

Mike Tamburo is a multi- instrumentalist, who plays hammered dulcimer, shahi baaja, gongs, metal percussion, guitar, auto- harp, swarmandal and a slew of effects. He is greatly inspired by American folk and minimalist music traditions as well as Indian classical and Indonesian music. ... more

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