Children of Mu
"The Children of Mu is a group of songs, lyrics & extended performance revolving around the psychic and mythic origins of Mu, a Pacific island or 'lost continent' (and counterpart to Atlantis) some believe to be fiction and others the 'cradle of civilization,' and relevant to our present condition. It has been mythologized by the founder of Theosophy, Madame Blavatsky who contends that Mu was a land bridging India and Africa, inhabited by our spiritual ancestors, non-physical 'psychic beings.' The LP charts the migration of Shadow Theater, the earliest visual/ musical form of storytelling from Mu to China, India and the invention of cinema in avant-garde Paris at the end of the 19th century. Songs on side one and two follow this migration and are performed in Chinese, French and English. Early wax recordings of poet Apollinaire (reading Bridge Mirabeau) and the first Chinese opera are mixed into collaged sections within the music. Sides 3 and 4 are a single long jazz improvisation over the channeled voice of Madame Blavatsky who reveals the history of creation and Mu. This is the fourth album by Monster Island, a four year project, whose previous recordings included; From the Michigan Floor, Dream Tiger and Peyotemind. This double LP is an edition of 500 copies with fabulous four color + metallic gold cover by ratty art genius Gary Panter. Performances by; Aliccia Berg (Slumber Party), Bill Brovald (Larval), Matthew Smith (guitar, bass, pipa, Outrageous Cherry, THTX), Robert Waller (synth, Pere Ubu), H.H. Ma Meenakshi Devi (Indian Saint and classical Hindi singer), Anneke Auer (psychic voice), Johnny Evans (sax, Howling Diablos), Len Bukowski (bass clarinet, Northwoods Improvisers), Tim Barnes (percussionist, Quakebasket), Mattin (avant-noise, Sakadda), words & music: Cary Loren (Destroy All Monsters), mastered by Warn Defever."