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.

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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

matching mole two

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Esoteric have reissued both Matching Mole albums as “Expanded Edition” 2cd’s with BBC Radio One ànd previously unreleased bonus tracks on a separate disc … There’s no significant overlaps with “Smoke Signals” (2001, live in Europe 1972) and “March” (2002, live in Europe 1972-03) on Cuneiform, though. These two tracks are off the second album “‘s Little Red Record” (CBS 1972, Esoteric 2012 cat. no. ECLEC 22312) as produced by Robert Fripp … Brian Eno plays VCS3 synth on Gloria Gloom(ulloder Richard D James), andGod songhas the most exquisite Robert Wyatt lyrics. “Starting in the middle of the day we can drink our politics away (take one)” and the utterly zany “Mutter” were recorded 1972-08 during album session recordings and have been previously unreleased hitherto.
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=3532
http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/matchingmole.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matching_Mole%27s_Little_Red_Record
http://www.disco-robertwyatt.com/images/matching_mole/index.htm
http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=33653
http://www.btinternet.com/~stephen.yarwood/bmc.htm
http://calyx.perso.neuf.fr/bands/matchingmole.html
http://www.strongcomet.com/wyatt/mole/index.htm
http://www.hulloder.nl/rw-mm.html

crash course in video

It’s been some years since a complete Crash Course in Science collection was announced by News … so where is it, or whatever went wrong?
http://crashcourseinscience.com/
http://crashcourseinscience.com/index2.html
http://www.darkentries.be/nl/interviews/?iid=179
http://www.bodybeats.be/?language=en&navid=547
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crash_Course_in_Science
http://minimalwave.com/artists/artist/crash-course-in-science/
http://rhizome.org/editorial/2011/oct/19/crash-course-post-punk/