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The Flying Carpet

from The Barnum Museum by Barry Schrader

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As you close the door to the lower depths of The Barnum Museum, you notice another doorway announcing the exhibit of The Flying Carpet. Entering this room, you are immediately impressed with its luminosity and airy ambience. It is exquisitely decorated with flowing arabesques in blue and gold, which reach upwards and cover the five-story high ceiling. On the floor in the middle of the room is a bearded Bedouin, sitting on the most elaborately decorated Arabian carpet you have ever seen. Matching the colors of the room, the carpet is decorated in countless shades of blue, gold, and white, with very long golden fringes. At first, the carpet is still, but then, slowly, it rises into the air and sails around the room, now higher, now lower, now faster, now slower. The movement of the carpet seems to imitate the intertwined lines of the arabesques on the walls. As the carpet settles down to the floor, you decide to leave, but looking over your shoulder as you do so, you see the carpet rising again, only this time it seems to disappear beyond the very ceiling.

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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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