First Spring (excerpt)
This music conjures up a whirlwind of emotion from some primeval source that permeates the listener with awe.
Re: Death, I am captured in the very first moment. And then, what subtle enhancement in the second section, and what a journey in the third! I hear the release of the spirit, its energy, its guides; darkness, hugeness, powerful monsters. Images foreign but not unfamiliar come to mind. There is such musical drive and such unity throughout the piece. I feel I've heard transformations of an element through gaseous and solid states, and that in the end, a spirit has become one with the voices which called to it in the beginning.
On Beyond, composer Barry Schrader presented lengthy pieces of electro-acoustic music written between 1992 and 2004, three of them grouped into a 2004 suite titled "Death." Diverse instrumentation, including waterphones, harpsichord, and computer-treated samples, were used to create celestial soundscapes evoking endless space and muted oceanic waves.
Richie Unterberger , All Music Guide
First Spring 6:08
Duke's Tune 14:16
Before Death 5:53
Into Death 6:37
After Death 15:46
Duke the potbellied pig composes the melody for Duke's Tune on his xylophone.