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BBC Sport's Monkey theme tune for the 2008 Beijing Olympics is now available for download.

The two-minute track, which has been heard by fans of the Olympics on BBC TV, Radio 5 Live and online, can be downloaded in the UK only HERE. It is free, and will only be available to be downloaded for seven days from 22 August 2008.

The music, which features in an animated campaign produced by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett - the team behind Gorillaz - twists the tale of the classical Chinese novel "Journey to the West", turning it into a "Journey to the East" for this year's Games in China's capital.

There are 20 instruments on the audio track which accompanies the "Journey to the East" animation - the most unusual being Chinese instruments like the Pipa, Ur Hu, and Zheng. Thirty-eight people sang in the Chinese choir, but their voices were "doubled up" in the recording studio to sound like 76 singers.

Listen out for the female vocal line sung by a character called Guan Yin, who is a goddess of good fortune. Her melody is then played by the Er Hu and the strings. Towards the end of track she sings the same melody, but at double the speed.

The Chinese singer is called Jia Ruhan. She sings in Mandarin Chinese.
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#1
thankyouuuu
#2
You're welcome :) I absolutely love this tune!
#3
wont work for me, screen goes blank
#4
It only opens on quicktime on mine, means I can't save it.

Thanks anyway OP
#5
... put it on your phone as a ring tone and drive everyone mad
#6
john23
It only opens on quicktime on mine, means I can't save it.


Right-click the link and save it.
#8
Are you sure that the MP3 is over 16 !?!? ............ I'll get my coat !?
#9
Awesome!
#10
Use http://www.mptrim.com/ to remove the 8 seconds of talking at the beginning and end.
#11
Thanks Arriaga

For anyone having trouble, right-click the following link and "save as"...

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/fivelive/_ood/bbc_monkey/bbc_monkey_20080822-1423.mp3
#12
Thanks OP. H&R added. :thumbsup:

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#13
blissot;2819176
Use http://www.mptrim.com/ to remove the 8 seconds of talking at the beginning and end.



Thanks. How silly to include a voice intro of the down at the start!
#14
loved watching monkey when i was little. is it being shown on sky/digital anywhere at the mo?
#15
Thanks.

But I also like the "Beijing Olympic Official Theme Song". Anyone know where I can download it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj1L8HyWEY8
banned#16
i am not impressed with that even thought its free
#17
I'm delighted that nonsense is over for another 4 years.....don't want any reminder of it until then
#18
Thanks Very Much.
Heat added
#19
Anyone trimmed the voice off it yet? Whack it on a file share site if you do - [url]www.rapidshare.com[/url] or similar...

What we really need is the Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page song from the closing ceremony, as a high quality audio file! ;-)
#20
For those wanting a version without the voice, here you go:

Download
#21
Just a quick question Monkey was a Japenese TV series from the 1970's What the hell does it have to do with China?

Good tune, good deal.
#22
FreeSquidz
Thanks.

But I also like the "Beijing Olympic Official Theme Song". Anyone know where I can download it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj1L8HyWEY8


Here you go - http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?xispwazh4bm

Enjoy! Cheers :-D !! :whistling: :whistling:
#23
puls3
Here you go - http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?xispwazh4bm

Enjoy! Cheers :-D !! :whistling: :whistling:




Thanks :thumbsup::giggle:
#24
Nice one. Thanks a lot :)
#25
Does anyone have a link to the (Mandarin) lyrics for this song?

EDIT: no matter, I've managed to find these:

WuKong gong xi
qu jing lai liao
wei liao xi wang ...
dou yao ...
gan ji meng xiang
shen zhi ling kong
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To get rid of the adverts at the start + end in iTunes just right click on the song and choose get info.
In the options panel set 0:08 for the start time and 2:07 for the stop time.
#27
TC!
To get rid of the adverts at the start + end in iTunes just right click on the song and choose get info.
In the options panel set 0:08 for the start time and 2:07 for the stop time.


great tip- thanks! :thumbsup:
#28
Hi, I missed the deadline on the BBC website. Has anyone got the MP3 file of the 'monkey' theme tune from the Olympics they could forward to me please?

Appreciated
#29
RainbowWarrior
For those wanting a version without the voice, here you go:

Download
#30
Think the above link is dead, anyone got another download link please

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