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Moon Rabbit (月兔)

jrossmusic on April 27, 2013 18:51

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    Construction made with filtered sounds of a masonry saw (recorded in Brooklyn, NY, 2007); E-bow guitars; bass drum. Assembled in Ableton Live.

    From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_rabbit):

    The Moon rabbit in folklore is a rabbit that lives on the moon, based on pareidolia that identifies the markings of the moon as a rabbit. The story exists in many cultures, particularly in Aztec mythology and East Asian folklore, where it is seen pounding in a mortar and pestle. In Chinese folklore, it is often portrayed as a companion of the moon goddess Chang'e, constantly pounding the elixir of life for her; but in Japanese and Korean versions, it is just pounding the ingredients for rice cake.

    The moon rabbit makes an appearance in this powerful poem by Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai (701 – 762):

    The Old Dust

    The living is a passing traveler;
    The dead, a man come home.
    One brief journey betwixt heaven and earth,
    Then, alas! we are the same old dust of ten thousand ages.
    The rabbit in the moon pounds the medicine in vain;
    Fu-sang, the tree of immortality, has crumbled to kindling wood.
    Man dies, his white bones are dumb without a word
    When the green pines feel the coming of the spring.
    Looking back, I sigh; looking before, I sigh again.
    What is there to prize in the life's vaporous glory?

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