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MOEBIUS, PLANK & NEUMEIER - Zero Set (1982)

OK so we've started with Moebius + Plank. so let's continue. From earlier in the thread:

"Sowiesoso" - I got this, one lunchtime, in a little record shop called Casa in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. This was a shop which nobody seemed to buy anything out of, it appeared to be run by middle-aged women, their stock was ancient and mostly easy listening and Scottish folk music. This album was in a German folk music section (between the French and the Greek sections), alongside "Zero Set" by Moebius, Plank & Neumeier and "Double Cut" by Moebius & Beerbohm - hey, I don't know much about German folk music but I know what I like!

So here is "Zero Set". Hard to describe this album, sort of dense rhythmic electronic jiggery-pokery from Plank and Moebius with Neumeier clattering away on top (Mani being the polar opposite of the Liebezeit/ Dinger metronomic school of drumming). Bit let down by the last two tracks perhaps, but I'll leave youse to make your own mind up about that.

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DZYAN - Electric Silence (1974)

Trying desperately to post some music that doesn't include Dieter Moebius here. 3rd album by Dzyan: 1st album was prog rock bollocks, 2nd was closer to this album but got a bit too Mahavishnu Orchestra in places. This album is in a similar vein to the Et Cetera album I posted earlier: jazz rock elements, ethnic elements, bit of improv, sprinkling of mellotron, dash of electronics here and there, title track goes slightly Mahavishnu Orch. on us again but some people like that sort of thing.

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Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 09:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol @ that cover

I've completely falling in love with the Thomas Dinger album, it feels so personal and idiosyncratic. I love music that feels like it could fall apart and there's plenty of those moments on here. What an opener "Ballgeflüster" is...

willem, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 10:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Solar Plexus" from Rastakraut Pasta is terrifying. Like waking up from surgery in something like that final weird hall in 2001: A Space Odyssey and not being able to feel your limbs, and hearing ambient alien chatter from a few rooms away. Robert Ashley-type horror.

― Clarke B., Tuesday, May 24, 2011 8:49 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark

This totally made me want to listen to an album that I had been avoiding for a long time because its name evokes either the world's most repulaive food (like chocolate cheese tilapia casserole) or embarrassed me to say out loud for whatever reason. It's a lot better now that I'm on the second track.

It's dark and rainy outside, so this seemed liked a good day for terrifying music.

Garyln (La Lechera), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 13:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Miss Cacadou is really cute, kind of half what I expected. I like that there can be one album with a song this cute and one that sounds like alien chatter.

Can someone describe for me the following: who bought this record when it originally came out? I mean, what was the audience for this music?

Garyln (La Lechera), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

I bought it. I discovered Cluster via Brian Eno, and somehow, new vinyl imports started to show up in Pittsburgh, so I bought them when I could. I don't think I ever heard it on any radio stations.

Echo Alona (doo dah), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

By the way, a little bit off topic, but my husband wrote a piece for his blog that might be interesting to this thread.

Echo Alona (doo dah), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks for posting Zero Set, I have been wanting to hear the whole thing after catching a youtube with one of the songs.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thank you doo dah! Looks like a great read and I cannot get enough of these cosmic fashions.

Garyln (La Lechera), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

By the way, a little bit off topic, but my husband wrote a piece for his blog that might be interesting to this thread.

Great article, thanks! It's great to learn some of these little details like the Macht das Ohr auf / Macht das Tor auf pun that I never would have otherwise realized.

unmetalled world (wk), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 18:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

In reference to Rastakraut Pasta, thanks to Garyln for putting my album title distaste into more understandable terms:

an album that I had been avoiding for a long time because its name evokes either the world's most repulaive food (like chocolate cheese tilapia casserole) or embarrassed me to say out loud for whatever reason.

Looking forward to checking out the Moebius/Plank/Neumeier record...I Moebius/Beerbohm's Double Cut, though that's probably one of my least favorites.

dronestreet, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love the first track on Zero Set--those drums!--but I'm kinda ambivalent to the rest.

scott pgwp (pgwp), Friday, 27 May 2011 04:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wolfgang Riechmann & Streetmark - Wolfgang Riechmann & Streetmark

There seems to be two releases of this record with different track listings and art work. I prefer order of the songs on this one. Streetmark's second album from 77. Dreams is a bubbling cosmic jam.

http://www.mediafire.com/?c1ubl12yx5awf4h

Randy Pie - Randy Pie

Randy Pie were ex Rattles who were maybe not quite Krautrock. Maybe cosmic blue eyed soul jazz?

http://www.mediafire.com/?ech2u7we8gq7d5s

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 17:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Awesome. Thanks for the Streetmark/Riechmann. I haven't heard that one yet and will listen in the morning.

Last Saturday, I went to a yard sale and saw Riechmann's Wunderbar lp in a stack of used records and wanted to buy it, but the guy wanted $125 for the damn thing. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. I'm pretty sure it was the 2009 reissue and not an original Sky release.

van smack, Thursday, 2 June 2011 06:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

No love for Randy Pie?

JacobSanders, Friday, 3 June 2011 03:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh man, the cover of 'Rastakraut Pasta'. I'd forgotten how great these album covers were. Did Sky have an in-house designer? Or was it Moebius who was really into design?

geeta, Friday, 3 June 2011 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Moebius trained as a graphic designer I think

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 3 June 2011 15:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Moebius studied art with Joseph Beuys, right? Then again, so did Schnitzler, but Schnitzler wasn't much into design. i think Schnitzler was really into the sculpture side of Beuys. Beuys did do some great design work, though.

Those Cluster/Harmonia/etc records are so insanely well-integrated, on a conceptual level--the song titles, the graphic design, everything.

geeta, Friday, 3 June 2011 16:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Streetmark album is pleasant (what is a Streetmark anyway?) but given that Dorothea Raukes was responsible for the Deutsch Wertarbeit album, I think she deserves her name on the cover too! Other than the fact that it's German, can't see any reason to be interested in the Randy Pie album however. Thx for all contributions as always!

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Saturday, 4 June 2011 11:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I wonder if I can "like" Randy Pie on Facebook.

PJ Miller, Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Won't someone help me find other things that sound like the Earthstar and Deutsche Wertarbeit albums posted upthread? I have been listening to both of them pretty constantly since.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Monday, 10 October 2011 14:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Michael Shrieve's "Transfer Station Blue" (referred to upthread IIRC) is full of burbling synthy goodness. More well known, but Ashra's "New Age of Earth" is also fantastic. Peter Baumann's "Leda Welcome to Joyland" is more in the proto-Italo disco vein, but is v nice, and I think was also discussed upthread.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, 10 October 2011 14:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love Ashra, haven't heard the other two. Thanks!

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Monday, 10 October 2011 14:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Couldn't find either of these on spotify, and could only find Transfer Station Blue (and other Peter Baumann, enjoying Bicentennial Presentation) on youtube. Didn't want to download the wrong thing by accident.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Monday, 10 October 2011 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think non-spotify links are on this thread if you wind back through it.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 10 October 2011 18:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh ok, got it. i don't know if anything could be better than earthstar.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Monday, 10 October 2011 18:24 (2 years ago) Permalink


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