Apr 15 2012

Sunday Song: Magna Canta

Right, I don’t care if you hate this song our not. If you do, just turn the sound off and put the video on full screen anyway, because the video flies over some spectacular geology and it’s well worth seeing just for that.

Still drooling.

I quite like Magna Canta. I’m something of a sucker for that electronica/Benedictine/like Enigma only better sort o’ thing. This song hasn’t got a video with lots of delicious geology, but it’s one of their best songs, so why the hell not?

Some of you lot are going to accuse me of hating on Enigma, aren’t you? Sigh. I love Enigma, actually, I just happen to love Magna Canta slightly more. Still, Magna Canta hasn’t got this song. The official video’s kind of silly, but the sound’s good, so here it is.

I love that traditional Taiwanese song woven through the whole thing. There’s a whole saga behind that, which you can find here, and here’s the song known variously as the “Jubilant Drinking Song,” “Elders’ Drinking Song,” and “Weeding and Paddyfield Song No. 1.”

Suppose that’s enough music for one Sunday, then. Enjoy!


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  1. 1

    Dana, the first two videos are the same. And they’ve got the Earth rotating the wrong way at the end.

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      Dana Hunter

      Fixed the first problem. As to the second, I can’t fix that. But dude, it’s art! Just, y’know, think of it as a profound statement on the condition of the world or something. ;-)

    2. 1.2
      P. Michael Hutchins

      I thought you must be talking about the third video, in which everything is backwards.

      quite a coincidence, unless I’m missing something!

  2. 2

    Enjoyed the videos/songs, mission accomplished.

    I’m a sucker for this kind of lyric-less, hypo, chant style music. Brings to mind the pipes and drums of my ancestors.

  3. 3
    Jim Baerg

    It took me a couple of minutes to realize that the oh so familiar tune in Celestia Organa was from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

    For some more fun music (very different style) with video of lots of fascinating geology see:

    1. 3.1
      Jim Baerg

      BTW I only intended to post the link to the YouTube video & was surprised to see it get embedded.

  4. 4
    P. Michael Hutchins

    Throught the whole piece, I was thinking “How could she possibly confound this obviously Navajo (or similar) chant with Taiwanese???”
    (as maybe everyone was)

    …then I followed the link…

    hard to imagine that that’s a coincidence…

    (not to sound mystical)

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