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Farewell to Mount Fuji

by Takla Makan

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This album was the one that heralded the move from Atari based sequencing to PC based. To the listener this probably won't mean a great deal, and indeed the music itself will not have changed much in either its scope or presentation. But to me this album has seen the most dramatic of changes in the way I compose and record my music.

The new album features five distinct tracks. Apart from the last track which is unashamedly a true song, the other four long tracks are based on multiple reoccurring themes that intertwine around each other. This is similar to my other more lengthy tracks on the other three CDs. I loved making 'The Bell' on my last album '1632'. This long track, reminiscent in parts to the work of Mike Oldfield, uses a common theme throughout, but different melody lines, beats and general moods to create a variety of parts that could almost be separate works in themselves.

Inspiration comes from many sources, and as you go through life you pick up on many new styles. But one of the most surprising sources for many of the pieces on 'Fuji' was from Howard Shore's musical score for the film version of the Lord of the Rings. I don't tend to listen to classical music much, but hearing Howard's choral work made me want to do some of the same. Unlike Howard, I couldn't get a real choir so I worked with a mixture of samples, synths and Rachel's own voice to create some fairly dramatic choral pieces and backdrops.


released May 5, 2005

All tracks written, performed and produced by Tony Allgood.

Vocals: Rachel Allgood


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Takla Makan Cumbria, UK

Takla Makan is the artist name of Tony Allgood.

During the 1980s Tony played keyboards in a variety of bands including 'Cairo' and 'Not Before Time'. In 1986 he started producing his own synthesizer instrumental music under the name 'Takla Makan'.

His musical output is very much inspired by the work of Mike Oldfield, Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream.
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