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Chinese Kaleidoscopes

from The Barnum Museum by Barry Schrader

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The next room you enter is quite small, and contains a variety of Chinese Kaleidoscopes. You have never seen a Chinese kaleidoscope before, and, as you bring the eyepiece close, you initially see what you expect: countless colors of glass and jewels tumbling to form beautiful and unpredictable geometric designs that seem to circle around and around your new world of vision. Then, unexpectedly, you see a dragon, in brilliant red and breathing gold fire, slowly rise from the bottom of the circle and disappear through the top. You are astonished by this and shortly look away from the kaleidoscope, but when you return your eye to gaze again, you see a brilliant display of every color imaginable, sparkling in an impossible dance that dissipates into blackness.


from The Barnum Museum, released July 25, 2012


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Barry Schrader Los Angeles, California

Schrader's compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, mixed media, live/electro-acoustic music combinations, and real- time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. In 2014, he was given the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of the Composition Faculty of the CalArts School of Music from 1971 to 2016. His web site is <barryschrader.com>. ... more

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