Muliang Wenwang¡ªA New Experiment on Chinese Folk Music
2003-11-8 12:32:52
This piece of music is from an album entitled Muliang Wenwang, which is also the name of the band that composed and performed it. This piece is called Haotiangu, or Drum of Boundless Sky. The beginning of the music sounds a little bit casual and indifferent until the yangqin, or dulcimer joins in.

But some people criticize some tracks as lacking a clear theme, and this can be referred to as the minor shortcoming with the works. However, such a shortcoming is definitely overcome in several small pieces, like the next two we'll hear, called Journey on the Windy Water and Tune of Willow respectively. In the first piece, Dou Wei repeats a melody like flowing water with the electric piano, while the dulcimer is impressively striking the listener's emotions, displaying the purity of the music.

In the second piece called Tune of Willow, we can also enjoy this pure musical feeling, especially when the clarinet appears, producing a mood of vagueness and vastness.

Some critics think the album is not made for the mass audience, who would fail to accept its novel style. But in the opinion of Dou Wei, Muliang Wenwang is the album of choice for someone staying in looking for peace. He thinks the feelings brought out by strong rhythms can't be compared with those we find in peaceful and serene rhythms. It is really hard to believe these are the words of someone who was once an influential figure in Chinese rock circles. Anyway, before we continue our discussion of this album, let's take a while to hear another piece of work from it, named Empty Garden, into which female vocals are added to strengthen the artistic effect of the music.


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