“For the first time since it was recorded in East Berlin over 30 years ago the music of Martin Zeichnete can finally be heard. A disciple of the Kosmische Muzik of the likes of Kraftwerk, Can and Neu! he heard drifting across the Wall from the West, Martin’s idea of using the motorik, hypnotic beat of krautrock in the training of athletes was taken and exploited by the DDR’s state run Olympic Committee. Unable to obtain a licence to play his own music Martin embarked on what he called a decade long ‘invisible career’ with East Germany’s athletic elite his only audience. Mixing electronics with live instruments Martin produced an incredible range of work including music for warmups, running, ‘ambient’ music to be played in gyms and pieces for artistic gymnastics. The committee called this program State Plan 14.84L, Martin and his fellow musicians called it ‘Projekt Kosmischer Läufer’ (Cosmic Runner). Beginning with Volume 1, a program for a 5 kilometre run, Unknown Capability Recordings will bring Martin Zeichnete’s vision to the world at last.” Source: http://www.kosmischerlaufer.com/ Most tracks are cosmic, some have Motorik, e.g. this one.
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Tagged 197X, 198X, DDR, electronica, Germany, Kosmischer Läufer, reissue, sports, synth, Unknown Capability, Zeichnete Martin
Tonight at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Linda Perhacs will be interviewed at 18 o’clock CET and will perform at 21:30 – mostly from her new album “The soul of all natural things“, to be released 2014-01. Below’s a reprint of our 2003-11 review of her legendary debut “Parallelograms“ (Kapp 1970). Almost ten years old to the day, it’s from [uzine 03.17]. Since the switch of this blog from Posterous to WordPress we’re no longer able to offer you a zip of the e-zine back catalogue but we’re working on it! Meanwhile, here’s a sample issue and the table of contents … Since that 2003 review, the album has been re-reissued a number of times, e.g. on cd and lp by Sunbeam (with exclusive bonus tracks) or vinyl only by Sundazed. The Mexican Summer and Guerssen editions seem to be out of print.
LINDA PERHACS “Parallelograms – High Quality Sleeve – Large Sized Poster & Insert – 600 Copies Limited Edition” ****1/4
lp – 2003 – Merry-Go-Round MGR / Beatball (BMRL-2001)
LINDA PERHACS “Parallelograms” ****1/4
cd – 2003 – The Wild Places / Ace of Discs (WILD-005-RE) – 60’18”
Sweet, naively introverted and sometimes eerie – and always on the right side of twee. Very lovely and delightful, but not always as unique as some hypers would have you believe either. Linda reminds less of Vashti than of Joni and of Jacqui, sometimes even of Judy and Joan and Sandy and Carole and Karen. And Hope. Fans of “Willow song” on the soundtrack of “The Wicker Man” (cf. U0226) and of acts such as Mellow Candle, Tudor Lodge or even the Carpenters will like this too, while I’m even tempted to draw a parallel with Fred Neil, though not in sound. But a sweet, contemplative, Californialbion Joni trying to please Burt Bacharach comes closest, I guess. (Incidentally: ms Perhacs used to live in Topanga Canyon and in the Pacific Northwest of the USA – that whole ‘Hawaiian maiden’ story is untrue.) The cd adds five bonus tracks to the 1970 lp, the Korean lp reissue only two of them. The cd-only tracks (viz. a longer version of “Hey, who really cares” with added intro, a demo of “If you were my man”, a demo of “Chimacum rain” with extra sounds and a spoken note to her producer Leonard Rosenman) are worthwhile, but not crucial, so if you’d rather go for that poster… Note too that there’s been an earlier reissue on Ace of Discs which was mastered from a mint vinyl copy of the original lp but with a sound that wasn’t as close to the sound of the quarter track reel to reel tapes that have been used this time around, as the original lp had apparently been poorly mastered. And do note, as well, that this the WP brings together *everything* which ms. Perhacs has ever recorded. [Bunyan, Mitchell, McShee, Collins, Baez, Denny, King, Carpenter, Sandoval.]
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Tagged 1967, 1969, 1970, 2003, 2013, Ace of Discs, Ancienne Belgique (AB), Beatball, Brussels, folk, Kapp, linktips, Merry-Go-Round MGR, Perhacs Linda, reissue, Sunbeam, Topanga Canyon, Wild Places the
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Hey! how about a reprint of Spontaneous Overthrow’s “All About Money” album (New-Ark 1984)? Urgently!?! Its hazy title track alone is utterly brilliant – and you can hear both Mr Burns and Dr Dylan in it if you listen closely to the outro. Discovered it via Chocolate Industries’ mighty “Personal Space – Electronic Soul 1974-1984” v/a cd / clear vinyl 2lp (2012) – another winner, not just for fans of Sly, Timmy or Shuggie but also for fans of James & Paradinas! Just listen to Starship Commander Woo Woo’s “Master ship (excerpt)” below.
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Tagged 1984, 2012, Chocolate Industries, electronica, funk!, linktips, new release, Personal Space Electronic Soul 1974-1984 v/a, reissue, reissue wanted, soul!, Spontaneous Overthrow, Starship Commander Woo Woo's, synth, v/a compilation, vinyl wanted