Tag Archives: synth

zeichnete läufer

“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.

all about money and personal space

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.
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Spontaneous+Overthrow
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2010/05/spontaneous-overthrow.html
http://www.musicismysanctuary.com/forgotten-treasure-spontaneous-overthrow-all-about-money-1984/
http://www.chocolateindustries.com/blog/2012/02/personal-space/
http://www.chocolateindustries.com/catalogue/personalspace.php

gary sloan’s clone harmonica blues

The wonderful title track of the rare “Harmonitalk” lp (KM 1980) by the Alaskan synthesizer trio Gary Sloan and Clone, equally consisting of Paul Alexander and Kurt Riemann. They were heavily into ARP gear, also using Poly-Moog and Emu. Finders Keepers sublabel Cache Cache have just reissued their gem before Summer started (2012-06-17). The cd edition (CACHE04CD) has a twenty minute bonus track “Mix he said (jam)” (see below), taken from a privately released cassette of “Clone Jam” sessions … which are now being rereleased on K7 by Cache Cache too: “Clone Tapes” (CACHETTE002). Not to be confused with http://www.deltaboogie.com/deltamusicians/sloang/ … More info: http://www.finderskeepersrecords.com/discog_cache04.html  [info on bonus track not correct] + http://www.finderskeepersrecords.com/discog_cachette002.html

roger powell’s air pocket

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Some solo work by Utopia keyboardist Roger Powell in the vein of Steve Hillage solo, foreshadowing Ozric Tentacles … The “Air Pocket” lp (Bearsville 1980) has been reissued by Edsel (2012-02, EDSS 1064) on a split cd with M. Frog, with a so-so single only bonus track. “Lunar plexus” is the highlight.
http://www.bearsvillerecords.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Pockett_(album)
http://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk/Product.aspx?ProductID=5961
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/runt/2009/02/11/rundgren-radio-keyboards-special
http://theseconddisc.com/2012/02/29/the-road-to-utopia-m-frog-and-roger-powell-of-rundgrens-classic-band-reissued/

greg hawkes’ victory

The title track of the Cars‘ keyboardist’s solo lp “Niagara Falls” from 1983 … and the single taken off it, “Twenty seven shirts”. More recently, Greg Hawkes has taken up an interest in the ukulele … see this Beatles cover below …

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_Falls_(album)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/runt/2008/07/08/rundgren-radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/runt/2009/02/11/rundgren-radio-keyboards-special