CD of Music by ALKÆMY
who's studied the official Merlin Mystery web site will have found the
pages about a CD of music to accompany the book. The CD is called appropriately
"The Merlin Mystery", performed by the group "ALKÆMY".
The group is pianist/composer Julia Taylor-Stanley with assistance from
others. The CD is released by Earthtone Records UMD80526, and if I was
pushed to compare the music to someone else, I'd say Celtic like Clannad/Enya-ish.
Here in the UK no-one from the record company seems to have told the distributers
to normal Music retailers, as I asked at Virgin and MVC, but they had no
catalog entry for the CD so could not order it. Thanks to smeagle on the
official MM Bulletin Board, I was pointed to Dillons (the bookshops) who
appear to have had a small stock of the CDs. (In the USA it can be ordered
from Amazon on the internet).
Now, apart from the nice music, there are two further reasons why a Merlin Mystery questor may be interested in the CD. Firstly, Jonathan Gunson provided lyrics to one track and "Merlin's Narration" (commonly known as Merlin's Whisperings) which are spoken (by Joss Ackland as Merlin) during and between tracks. It has been suggested that these Whisperings are in fact clues to help solve the mystery. Secondly, Jonathan Gunson and Martin Combe provided all the illustrations for theCD booklet, which follow similar designs to the book itself.
From the track "Wizardry":
Run, run far from the forest's whisper to the enchanted place. Here ye shall find the secret chronicles of your desire, beside the riven door. Betwixt these enchanting masts of light you might find the way to alchemy. (NB - there are different interpretations of this, such as "enchanting masks of light")
From the track "Faerie Entertainers":
Look ye sweet princess, to where the horns of Pendragon cast a fanfare on the golden prince of your dreams. Seek within a box of jewelery a necklace, to where the fairest kiss may be unveiled. (NB - there are different interpretations of this, such as "Seek within a box of jewelled enigmas" suggested by Cosmic Stardust)
From the track "Dream Sweet King":
Dream sweet king, for your memory lives, and long shall live. "HIC IACET UTHER REX". Yon wizard of stone, and your son who mourns, and there, too, the Lady of the Lake, do take your part forevermore in their silvered silence. Here, too, it shall be that Arthur and his ancient magical master do hold the keys, but yet, shall turn the page to the fabled spell of Alchemy, whence all shall return to walk this way once more, in the wonder of the Magic Realm, together.
From the end of the CD (after the last track):
Alchemy, the most ancient secret science, some
might even call it magic. The transformation of base metals into gold,
negative into positive. The ultimate power over the natural world, and
the quest for that secret has begun. Twas writ with golden quill that Merlin's
astrolabe will betray the sign you seek. Illuminations from the ancient
parchments will inscribe the shadows of your revelation. Omega's sign conspires
with the astral flame to lead you ever toward the magic realm. Behold the
view through the lucid looking glass, and step through the magic portals
to where the answer lies. The near horizon's royal prism shall open a window
to Merlin's crystalline power. Collect ye the stones of fire with the leaves
of life, for together they shall yield the power to see all things. Linger
not by the gates of the netherworld, for the Queen of time shall shed the
light of stardust on the pathway home. Far away in the Pendragon ramparts,
the key to the castle gate may be found. See the pages of enchantment,
for this will give you the lovers' secrets. Follow the spellfire's deadly
light and find your truth where the stone is riven. The never-never boy
will take you beyond the castle battlements and ramparts, and there ye
shall trace your Alchemist's fortune. Why do the marigolds seek to tumble
from their magic frame? Could it be these blooms seek a golden reward?
Alchemy, some might even call it magic. The ultimate power. The quest for
that secret has begun.
(followed by a young child laughing, and saying "bye-bye")
Front of CD booklet
Back of CD booklet
Back of CD case
Inside the booklet are pages with track listing, lyrics and credits. Like the MM book, the CD booklet is better described in 2-page spreads. There are five 2-page spreads. The first two, and last two, are bordered in a very similar way to the front cover of the MM book, but in varying colours. The middle spread, however, is far more interesting, as it has a squared border, similar to those inside the MM book. Due to the different shape of the CD booklet to the MM book, there are 60 border squares (rather than 48 in the MM book). Also interesting are the objects around this border. Most are familiar from the MM book itself, but several are unique to this illustration!
Third spread (click image on for large scan)
Please note, the above is provided for research purposes only, and should not be re-published without the copyright owner's permission.
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