Wolfgang Voigt's GAS Project: the Poll

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Pop - 200012
Königsforst - 1998 9
Zauberberg - 1997 3
Gas - 1996 2
Modern 12" - 1995 0
Oktember 12" - 1999 0

Mark Clemente, Thursday, 10 January 2008 21:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

voigt's best work, in my opinion, still some of the most striking ambient music i've ever heard. i'm not sure which one i'll pick - when i listen to gas i find myself needing to pull out all of these.

Mark Clemente, Thursday, 10 January 2008 21:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

not sure why the image isn't showing, but whatever.

Mark Clemente, Thursday, 10 January 2008 21:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

pop i guess

s1ocki, Thursday, 10 January 2008 21:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think pull out Konigsforest a little more, but it's all good.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 10 January 2008 21:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Aren't these hard to come by/horrifically expensive? I found a copy of Pop in HMV about 2 years ago and it looked like it had been there a while. Fantastic stuff but I don't feel qualified to vote as I haven't heard the others.

mmmm, Thursday, 10 January 2008 21:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've been on a major Wolfgang Voigt kick lately. The GAS stuff in particular is perfect for this time of the year. As of right now I think I have to go with Zauberberg. Wish they would reissue all of these, although I did manage to get Pop and Zauberberg on CD a few years ago.

lou, Thursday, 10 January 2008 21:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

yea they SERIOUSLY need to reissue these. i'm surprised that voigt hasn't.

i actually downloaded all of them from kompakt's mp3 website. you can get each of them for about the price of a new cd.

Mark Clemente, Thursday, 10 January 2008 22:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

actually i'm not sure if oktember's on there.

Mark Clemente, Thursday, 10 January 2008 22:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

I picked up his brother's Sturmgesten recently hoping some of the magic would be there... I didn't find it

mmmm, Thursday, 10 January 2008 22:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm also just re-visiting Pop Ambient 2007 and getting way more into it than I ever did originally--the first half in particular.

lou, Thursday, 10 January 2008 22:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

königsforst for me

omar little, Thursday, 10 January 2008 22:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Zauberberg, and not just for the title alone.

Yeah, I bought these when they came out and was surprised to discover recently how expensive/rare these are now. I'm glad to hear that they are now available via the Kompakt site because they are timeless records.

Bill in Chicago, Thursday, 10 January 2008 22:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

timeless, yes. i love these.

sleep, Thursday, 10 January 2008 23:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Konigsforst, definitely. I love how parts of it are so lo-fi that they sound almost mono.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 10 January 2008 23:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

absolutely timeless. quite addicting, too.

re: pop ambient 2007 - that gas track is one of his best, too, i think. ("nach 1912" or something like that?) it's incredible.

i might go with zauberberg, i'm not sure. it's possibly the most consistent of them.

but i think i might vote pop, it's such a weird, weird record. it's got this uneasiness to it, even in what most people think are the calming tracks. the way it shifts moods from soothing to disturbing, contemplative to restless, etc., makes it such an interesting listening experience.

Mark Clemente, Thursday, 10 January 2008 23:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

königsforst for me

-- omar little, Thursday, 10 January 2008 22:13 (1 hour ago)

am0n, Thursday, 10 January 2008 23:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

pop just over königsforst 4 me

sleep, Thursday, 10 January 2008 23:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'd be interested in hearing why voigt decided to discontinue the gas project

Mark Clemente, Friday, 11 January 2008 00:16 (ten years ago) Permalink


Mark Rich@rdson, Friday, 11 January 2008 00:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

if anyone goes out and buys all of these i'd hate to see their GAS BILL!!!! HAHAHAHAHHA

s1ocki, Friday, 11 January 2008 01:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh man

i still laughed though

Mark Clemente, Friday, 11 January 2008 01:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

these are so good.

Konigsforst for me, altho "Oktober" is pretty amazing. By the way, I don't think it was a 12" - it was released as part of the Raster-Noton 20 to 2000" series as a 3" CD in 5" plastic.

sleeve, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 00:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

my mistake - discogs had it listed as a 12", but i've never actually seen the physical release so i wouldn't know. it is pretty amazing!

Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 00:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've only heard three of these, but based on that, Pop wins.

the table is the table, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 01:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

probably my favorite music ever, i have to go with the s/t lp but really all of these are like 11/10

winston, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 01:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm pretty sure "moderne" is still in print; i see it often enough anyway.. the other stuff is mille plateaux and i don't think they've gotten around to reissuing anything since restarting last year or whatever

must mention the tal track that opens pop ambient 2002 and closes that harvest cologne comp.. beyond gorgeous...

All the mint stuff is absolutely essential too (there needs to be a comp of it)

winston, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 01:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

oktember 12" = track one of the koningsforst cd issue + 20 to 2000 on the flip (i've never heard the 20 to 2000 cd -- so i'm assuming here)

resolved, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 16:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

here's the discogs' link, fwiw.

Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 16:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

ha, selling for $80. i can't believe how much gas stuff sells for.

Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 16:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

well, prices LISTED on discogs are often a bit higher than the real value... oktember is one of the more expensive ones. if you look at the market price history for the 2xlps, there are a bunch offered at ridiculous prices but the ones that actually sell are priced much lower (altho still quite expensive)

resolved, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 16:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

yea i think i saw one of the albums (in cd version) sell for $30 or $40 on amazon once, which is very expensive but not horribly so.

Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 16:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Voigt's 20 to 2000 contribution, "20 Minuten Gas im November," was released under his own name, not as Gas, and was exclusive to the series. it was not the b-side of the "Oktember" 12"

Mr. Hal Jam, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 17:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted Pop; probably my favorite ambient album by any artist.

rockapads, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 19:08 (ten years ago) Permalink


am0n, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 20:12 (ten years ago) Permalink


Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 20:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

you'd think they would do the the favor of shipping it.

Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 20:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'd be interested in hearing why voigt decided to discontinue the gas project

Well, he did four full-length albums of Gas material and since the sound evolves only slightly after the second one, I imagine he just got bored and wanted to do something else. Considering how many pseudonyms and different projects he's done, I'm thankful the Gas one was the most prolifice.

That said, check out the MassStab and Studio 1 series because those are pretty great as well. Similarly minimal, but with dense patterns of samples instead of washes of sound.

Bill in Chicago, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 23:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

wow my gas bill joke just gets more and more prescient in hindsight. WOW

s1ocki, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm surprised there weren't more votes for zauberberg

Mark Clemente, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 02:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

The first two tracks of Zauberberg back-to-back kill me. Highs not quite as high as Königsforst though. Pop is amazing but definitely its own thing. Also search All singles.

Mark Rich@rdson, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 02:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

So is there anywhere one can buy Oktember at a reasonable price? It's not on the Kompakt site. And is Modern 12" only?

toby, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 12:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Mark- It's the third track on Zauberberg that really gets me. This album somehow manages to both creep me out and pacify me at the same time.

Also, the only way to suitably describe the last track is heavenly.

lou, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 13:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

yea zauberberg is really bizarre, isn't it? you have the first and last tracks which are completely gorgeous - yea, heavenly, the third track (which is one of my favorite Gas tracks) which kind of envelopes you in this really calm way, but all the other tracks are downright creepy.

Mark Clemente, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 14:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

the last track on konigsforst always makes me think of a sunrise because it sounds like a warped/looped "william tell overture", that waking-up music they use in cartoons

am0n, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 15:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

i wonder if any classical heads can trainspot what pieces he samples

am0n, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 15:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

I actually thought about e-mailing Alex Ross about Gas. He's probably pretty busy though.

Mark Rich@rdson, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 15:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Whoa is that tracklist the actual tracklist? That is a ballsy move.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 07:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Kompakt dude obsessed with shiny 80s pop shocker.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 08:42 (one year ago) Permalink

not ballsy, just lazy

the late great, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 17:31 (one year ago) Permalink

i think it's great

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 17:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I usually hate that "something different to what I normally play on the club" bullshit, and it is true that this sounds like a middle aged woman's spotify playlist, however, I enjoyed it more than any other RA podcast in a year or more (with the exception of that disco / italo mix by that Japanese guy).

-_- (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 18:15 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

huh, i missed this

only listening on my laptop at the moment, which cuts out a lot and always makes things sound smoover, but


it sounds so much waaaaay more narcotic (dur) than a typical gas record, just like an instant ZONK, like a microwave beam, i suspect encephalography was involved at some stage

j., Friday, 1 December 2017 10:48 (five months ago) Permalink

live show this year was fantastic. i don't know how long it went on for but i was spellbound the whole way through, that whole thing where creeping anxiety is slowly transmuted into joy and wonder and then you slip back into the dark again. my journey home from work is often through some woods in the dark and now narkpop is more often than not the soundtrack to that. it's really had the effect of recallibrating my ears and my emotional response to that environment, especially hearing the wind through the leaves in the treetops as that same static-like hissing, no idea why i hadn't thought of listening to gas in situ before

damian green is people (NickB), Friday, 1 December 2017 11:37 (five months ago) Permalink

yes! the show was amazing

nxd, Friday, 1 December 2017 11:44 (five months ago) Permalink

Cosign all that, just zoned out and became completely immersed in it.

Matt DC, Friday, 1 December 2017 11:54 (five months ago) Permalink

fuck i guess i gotta buy tickets for here

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 1 December 2017 13:52 (five months ago) Permalink

i hope you like trees!

this album sends you under like nothing else

ogmor, Friday, 1 December 2017 14:08 (five months ago) Permalink

it's taken me a while to realise just how much I love Gas, and Narkopop has been the deal-sealer, one of my favourite albums for the last few months

Illegal Ethiopian Dance Music (Noodle Vague), Friday, 1 December 2017 14:19 (five months ago) Permalink

So... Bleep lists this as 11 tracks, the last of which is >70min. Is that the vinyl-only track? (In which case, how come the vinyl is "only" a triple if it's 150min?) I'm guessing this is a typo, as the vinyl bonus on Discogs is 16min. And the vinyl is over £50!

CD w/booklet is sold out on Bleep (which might be the only way to get track 11 bundled, as a download, with the CD), so I may go for 11xWAVs and write 1-10 to disc with no pre-gaps (tracks are seamless on the CD release, right?).

Michael Jones, Friday, 1 December 2017 14:30 (five months ago) Permalink

presumably that last track is just the album in a single track - Spotify lists it that way as well

Simon H., Friday, 1 December 2017 14:33 (five months ago) Permalink

Ah, got it. The 71min version is for gapless streaming/burning. So Narkopop 11 really is vinyl-only, not downloadable.

£50 though...

Michael Jones, Friday, 1 December 2017 14:37 (five months ago) Permalink

Kompakt has it for €50 so that's about £44... without shipping

willem, Friday, 1 December 2017 14:45 (five months ago) Permalink

this trend of splitting up CD-length albums over as much wax as possible really bugs me

Simon H., Friday, 1 December 2017 14:46 (five months ago) Permalink

I have made my peace with it wrt the Cavern of Anti-Matter LPs (both triples), but they were £20 each, and pretty satisfying to own on vinyl. Having a bit of a thing at the moment for vintage synths on wax, possibly triggered by digging out Matmos's Supreme Balloon (a mere double LP) again a few weeks ago and marvelling at how that sounded.

But GAS I'd take as full-fat digital.

Michael Jones, Friday, 1 December 2017 15:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Many xxps: great post, nickb. I got offered a ticket for the Barbican show but I live in the Shires and am old and said no and oh fuck it.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 1 December 2017 19:00 (five months ago) Permalink

Album of the year for me.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 1 December 2017 19:00 (five months ago) Permalink

maybe me as well

sleeve, Friday, 1 December 2017 19:03 (five months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

RIYL GAS: F.E. Denning

i only started listening to him, uh, last night, but his music reminds me quite a bit of voigt - long, untitled drone-based songs, occasional string pads, effectively establishing a sense of unique space in each song, e

while generally being quite a bit darker in tone.
all of his songs have < 1000 listens on spotify so i don't think he's a household name quite yet, but

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 December 2017 18:05 (four months ago) Permalink

goddammit, i didn't mean to submit that yet, but i'll just leave it there. if anyone knows of him or knows any cool tidbits about him or his music i'd love to hear them. i find it to be excellent work music so i expect to be listening quite a bit more this coming year.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 December 2017 18:06 (four months ago) Permalink

Aw, I know him, he is a cool guy :) Him and a whole bunch of Copenhagen jazz guys did a pretty cool Coltrane tribute a few years ago:


Frederik B, Saturday, 30 December 2017 18:31 (four months ago) Permalink

wow, that's very unlike his other material i've heard, thanks!

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 December 2017 18:41 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Another new album!


Simon H., Monday, 19 March 2018 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink


sleeve, Monday, 19 March 2018 15:32 (two months ago) Permalink

fuck yeah

nxd, Monday, 19 March 2018 15:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh nice! I’m seeing him next week, hopefully he’ll play some stuff on the new one!

Karl Malone, Monday, 19 March 2018 15:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice. Does he do his own album art?

Evan, Monday, 19 March 2018 15:52 (two months ago) Permalink

i'm pretty sure it's his own photography.

nice to see the new one is half the price of narkopop, not sure why that one was quite so expensive

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 19 March 2018 16:29 (two months ago) Permalink

It came with a book, didn't it?

Evan, Monday, 19 March 2018 16:31 (two months ago) Permalink

oh yeah, that's right! (i didn't buy it obv)

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 19 March 2018 16:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Narkopop (CD) was $15, with the book-packaging.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 19 March 2018 19:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice. Does he do his own album art?

They're his photos, yes.
New album!

willem, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 14:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Narkopop (CD) was $15, with the book-packaging.

Vinyl was £55 or something daft like that!

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:00 (two months ago) Permalink

lol yeh i got one, deffo around the fifty quid mark

nxd, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:06 (two months ago) Permalink

holy shit I went to the show in Philly last night and it was something. Did anyone see him in NY/DC/elsewhere?

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:38 (one month ago) Permalink

crut saw the Big Ears show and said it was amazing, see that thread for details

sleeve, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

london last year! hope he comes to uk again soon :)

nxd, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Agreed on the greatness of the Big Ears show. It was the end of a long festival day so I sort of drifted in and out, which was maybe the perfect way to experience it.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 23:17 (one month ago) Permalink

saw him DC and it was exactly what i wanted... a roomful of people transported into the subconscious void staring rapt at dark forest abstractions for an unclear amount of time. it was odd emerging from that into the mid-afternoon sunlight at the wharf.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:31 (one month ago) Permalink

sounds amazing

brimstead, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:35 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

€11.90 EUR for the digital album "Rausch" (no thanks, Wolfgang)

lets hear some samples

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 17:55 (one week ago) Permalink

cd edition cannot be that much more surely ?

mark e, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 18:40 (one week ago) Permalink

i dont ever buy digital albums but is that bad?

nxd, Thursday, 10 May 2018 08:29 (one week ago) Permalink

it's approximately the same as paying for the CD (+ booklet)

lovely scarf, though

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 11 May 2018 15:45 (one week ago) Permalink

vinyl arrived today!

sounds quite pacy compared to previous records

nxd, Friday, 18 May 2018 09:23 (three days ago) Permalink

listening to the album for the first time, and it's nice to hear these songs again! i heard him a few weeks ago, and i think he pretty much just played this album, or at least large stretches of it (i like gas but sometimes have trouble distinguishing between tracks that aren't on konigsforst or pop, the two i've listened to the most).

for me, 3 is a highlight. this will make it sound terrible, but it's gas as a blissed out droney late 80s reverb rock band, with traces of numan popping in and out.

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Friday, 18 May 2018 17:21 (three days ago) Permalink

odd atmospheres going on, on Rausch. Track two sorta reminds me of Tilt, by Scott Walker

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:19 (three days ago) Permalink

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