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 Post subject: The Silk Road
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:58 am 
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Camels plodding across the desert, and a sense of timelessness evoked by Kitaro's theme music... NHK devoted 17 years to the planning, shooting and production of The Silk Road, which unearthed trade routes linking long-lost civilizations of East and West. A landmark in broadcasting history, this series told the story of the rise and fall of ancient civilizations.
The NHK Tokushu and China's CCTV documentary series The Silk Road began on April 7, 1980. The program started with the memorable scene of a camel caravan crossing the desert against the setting sun, with Kitaro's music and a sense of timelessness. It was the start of an epic televisual poem.
The first journey described in the series began in Chang'an (now Xi'an), at the eastern end of the ancient route. On 450,000 feet of film, the NHK crew recorded the path westward to the Pamir Heights at the Pakistan border and this material was edited to make 12 monthly broadcasts. In response to viewers' requests that the series be extended to cover the Silk Road all the way to Rome, sequels were made over the next 10 years. Seventeen years after the program was conceived, the project was completed.


2) A Thousand Kilometers Beyond the Yellow River
At the foot of the Qi-Lian mountains Chinese dynasties once fought against foreign nomadic tribes. Also of interest are the sculptures and rock carved Buddhas.



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Kitaro - Theme from The Silk Road. The Silk Road: The Rise And Fall of Civilizations is an NHK Tokushu documentary series that first aired in April 7, 1980, broadcast over a 10-year period. It took 17 years in production to complete what many consider a landmark in Japan's broadcasting television history. The intention of the program was to reveal how ancient Japan was influenced by the Silk Road trade route. The documentary was narrated by Koji Ishizaka with music composed by Kitaro, who insisted that the show be broadcast in stereo. The music was composed mainly using a Minimoog. The series of soundtracks sold millions and the success created from the program brought Kitaro international attention.

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Sorry the above is #2 in the series, this is the first.


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I have seen the series at least two times. Kitaro music is hypnotic earworm.

I can watch it again. Thanks for sharing. ;)

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