Azure Miles Records ~ The Music of Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson

Fire Monkey

Cover art is hand silkscreened paper from Japan




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1. March Wind (1985) 3.33

meruvina: electric guitar, synthesizer, percussion

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2. Year of the Rooster (1993) 14.34 (three movements)

meruvina: synthesizers, strings, french horn, flute, piccolo, clarinet, bells, harp, recorder, violin, xylophone, shamisen, marimba, ocean waves, percussion

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3. Jade Streams (1989) 5.17

meruvina: strings

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4. Distant Breakers (1988) 8.23

meruvina: celesta, vibraphone, percussion

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5. Mountain Temple (1992) 17.56 (four movements)

meruvina: marimba, electric piano, acoustic bass, recorder, organ, sho, glockenspiel, percussion

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6. Ghosts (1989) 9.49

meruvina: strings

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7. Soft Stone (1990) 7.00

meruvina: synthesizers, percussion

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8. Fire Monkey (1985) 4.02

meruvina: piano

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All music composed and programmed by Michael Robinson for performance and recording in real time without any overdubbing or added parts.

Musicians are welcome to perform these compositions with acoustic and/or electronic instruments.



listen to March Wind on YouTube

listen to Year of the Rooster on YouTube

listen to Jade Streams on YouTube

listen to Distant Breakers on YouTube

listen to Mountain Temple on YouTube

listen to Ghosts on YouTube

listen to Soft Stone on YouTube

listen to Fire Monkey on YouTube



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Village Voice review


"Thanks for the CD. Great stuff! Congrats! Fun playing and singing with, too!"

- opening of handwritten letter from Lee Konitz commenting about Fire Monkey (1994)


I am the seasoned traveler
of the Labyrinth.
The genius of alacrity.
Wizard of the impossible.
My brilliance is yet unmatched
in its originality.
My heart’s filled with potent magic
that could cast a hundred spells.
I am put together
for my own pleasure.

- ancient Chinese lunar calendar

Even though my musical instincts led me from traditional human performance to the new environs of computer-expressed music, my compositions are conceived as performance pieces. Thus, all of my music is played in real time, without any overdubbing. The emphasis is on the physical rather than the visual dimensions of tangibility. (You can hear and feel sound but you cannot see it.)

If you are willing to consider that human performers are a tradition rather than a given for musical expression, you may discover that computers are perfect instruments for the musical distillation of intellectual, sensual and spiritual energies, capable of articulating the nuances of one’s soul. There is a greater emphasis on what rather than who.

March Wind is pure, uninhibited energy delighting in labyrinthine complexities... Year of the Rooster, in three movements, presents a kaleidoscope of sonic colors throughout its three contrasting movements... Jade Streams was inspired by my first visit to Venezia... Distant Breakers is a shimmering gallop through a poly-cultural landscape... Mountain Temple, in four movements, was named for a Japanese silk-screen painting... Ghosts refers to my memories of people from the past... Soft Stone was inspired by a jukebox song... Fire Monkey is a title taken from the Chinese lunar calendar.

- Michael Robinson, January 1994, Los Angeles

© 1994 Michael Robinson