Wolfgang Voigt's GAS Project: the Poll

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Here's some more info about the box set:

GAS: Nah Und Fern 2LP (KOM 175LP). Double LP version.
GAS: Nah Und Fern 4CD (KOMP 066CD). RELEASE DATE: 06/10/2008
"The Kompakt label presents the work of Wolfgang Voigt's Gas - a remastered deluxe package that includes all four of his Mille Plateaux albums: Gas (1996), Zauberberg (1997), Königsforst (1998) and Pop (2000). Wolfgang Voigt, in the past known under a great many pseudonyms such as Mike Ink, Studio 1 or Grungerman, is the driving force behind the rise of Cologne minimal techno and also Kompakt's co-founder and co-owner. In the 1980s, Voigt began working under a concept he named BLEI - extracting elements from classical, polka, brass music, electronic pop and German schlager sounds to form a distinguished and unique pop music style that would fit in with the subculture at that time. In the early 1990s, influenced by techno, Voigt began to experiment with a timbal marching through strongly alienated, free-floating string loops. These elegiac tracks, their lack of beginning and end, their intoxicating, smooth and partly amorphous structure sounded to him like evaporating gas and thus - Gas was born. Gas is the vision of a sonic body between Schönberg and Kraftwerk, between French horn and bass drum. Gas is Wagner goes glam rock, and Hansel and Gretel on acid. Gas takes you on a seemingly endless march through the woods into the discotheque. Reducing the material to its basic aesthetic structure by using different zoom, loop and alienation techniques, he releases it from its original meaning and context, creating a kind of aesthetic essence, a cave to get lost inside. There are one or two new tracks and versions, but both Voigt and Jörg Burger decided to keep remastering light, maintaining Gas' purity and authenticity. This 4CD box comes in a special and stylish collector's format, including 4 small artwork prints. The double vinyl comes in a fold cover with a bonus artwork print and is strictly limited. The vinyl features one extended-edit track from each of the albums per side."

lou, Monday, 28 April 2008 12:35 (fifteen years ago) link

how much will this be? i wonder if the cds will be made available individually from the box

am0n, Monday, 28 April 2008 14:36 (fifteen years ago) link

ah, thanks for the info. now I understand what the 2LP is, I think I'll probably pass on that.

sleeve, Monday, 28 April 2008 20:55 (fifteen years ago) link

I have all the albums and I like the idea of extended cuts, so I'm definitely going to get the vinyl.

Any news on the book that Raster-Noton announced? That seems most interesting to me.

Bill in Chicago, Monday, 28 April 2008 21:16 (fifteen years ago) link



Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Monday, 28 April 2008 21:37 (fifteen years ago) link


Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Monday, 28 April 2008 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

ebay fuckers will probably beat me on this one. can't find pre-order anywhere

winston, Monday, 28 April 2008 22:02 (fifteen years ago) link

this is all torture. i want BOTH cds and vinyl, AND the Raster-Noton book.

and i already have all the lps.

nerve_pylon, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 02:19 (fifteen years ago) link

i want BOTH cds and vinyl, AND the Raster-Noton book.

For anyone in the DC area, we'll be sure to carry this as soon as it's available at the store where I work (CD Warehouse). It's not out until June 10th. I'm not exactly sure what the prices will be yet, but I know the vinyl will be considerably cheaper than the 4xCD box set.

lou, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 03:28 (fifteen years ago) link

Simon Reynolds on Nah und Fern

lou, Friday, 2 May 2008 12:57 (fifteen years ago) link







stephen, Saturday, 10 May 2008 06:03 (fifteen years ago) link

we'll have this in at Amoeba SF with plenty to go around on CD, but the vinyl seems to be limited. i ordered a few but if there's high enough demand, i'll get more.

BATTAGS, Saturday, 10 May 2008 09:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Apparently at least one person isn’t at all excited by the GAS reissues. Bewilderingly, Mr. Burns writes in the Voice that the reissuing “will mummify Gas and make Voigt’s work a museum piece”. Why, exactly, should that be again?

Brian C, Thursday, 22 May 2008 15:28 (fifteen years ago) link

he's full of mummified gas.

jed_, Thursday, 22 May 2008 15:36 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The 2x12" is terrific, artwork & music-wise. I was only familiar with the Pop album until now. I think I'll shell out for the 4xCD, too...

Also, let's not forget this.

willem, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 10:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Getting the vinyl and the box set tomorrow!

lou, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 11:48 (fifteen years ago) link

np: 2x12"

am0n, Friday, 13 June 2008 00:25 (fifteen years ago) link

ordered the box set at my local record shop. should be in this weekend.

stephen, Friday, 13 June 2008 00:33 (fifteen years ago) link

i am holding this in my hot hot hands right now, listening to GAS as we speak

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 13 June 2008 07:26 (fifteen years ago) link

and when i went in the store to pick it up, they were playing it

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 13 June 2008 07:26 (fifteen years ago) link

immediate reaction: very unhappy w/ the packaging. the box itself is pretty nice, better than some boxes and worse than others. nicer than, say, the masters at work box sets, or the jazzactuel box set, because it's got a really fancy texture that you can feel under your fingers that complements the totally beautiful art.

but then there's no booklet, and there's no info on any of the inserts. there's sleeves for the discs but they're more or less identical. no reproductions of the original art. and there's four paper inserts which seem to be solarized versions of the "POP" album cover. and nothing written on the back.

i dunno, i know minimal rangers are laconic and all but this is sorta OTT.

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 13 June 2008 07:35 (fifteen years ago) link

no info doesn't suprise me but the cover art isn't there? are the discs not in their own sleeves or what?

am0n, Friday, 13 June 2008 14:55 (fifteen years ago) link

do they sound any different? i'm wondering whether the remastering is noticeable at all? and i've forgotten - is there unreleased stuff in the CD box set?

toby, Friday, 13 June 2008 16:51 (fifteen years ago) link

I am buying this tomorrow. I am really excited.

jonathan - stl, Friday, 13 June 2008 21:49 (fifteen years ago) link

i agree w/ m.j. to baja above. packaging disappointing. kinda like they spent all the money on the box, and had to cheap-out on the individual discs. and, really--the reproductions of WVoigt's photographs are blown-out, and on thin coated paper... nowhere near the quality of the original releases.

B U T ,,,, i'm glad it's out; anxious to play the whole thing!

nerve_pylon, Saturday, 14 June 2008 00:04 (fifteen years ago) link

and, predictably, i wish i bought the lp version too...

nerve_pylon, Saturday, 14 June 2008 00:05 (fifteen years ago) link

did they up with the remastering of konigsforst? the final track is now swathed in what sounds like shitty digital reverb, wtf! the difference is really noticeable when i a/b it with an older rip

am0n, Friday, 20 June 2008 03:52 (fifteen years ago) link

oops, did they fuck up...

compare the old one with the new version

its like the bass got sucked out of it

am0n, Friday, 20 June 2008 04:01 (fifteen years ago) link

fucking christ, how did this happen

winston, Friday, 20 June 2008 04:11 (fifteen years ago) link

rest of the album sounds fine if not better than before. how could he ruin such a good track like that

am0n, Friday, 20 June 2008 05:11 (fifteen years ago) link

so supposedly some of this has guitar samples? i can't hear it anywhere, it all sounds like horns and strings to me...

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 20 June 2008 08:17 (fifteen years ago) link

i think the supposed "backwards disc guitar" samples or whatever are on (what was) track 1 of the first album and its basskick-equipped companion (track 2 disc 1 in the box)

i'm not too happy that he left out that first track. maybe my favorite gas track? i like it better without the kick, personally. it's like stepping into a sauna

winston, Thursday, 26 June 2008 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

duh that's supposed to be "backwards disco guitar"

winston, Thursday, 26 June 2008 18:42 (fifteen years ago) link


moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 26 June 2008 18:46 (fifteen years ago) link


winston, Thursday, 26 June 2008 19:01 (fifteen years ago) link

vinyl is gone, gone, gone. "wolfgang refuses to repress" is what i was told. if you see it, grab it!

BATTAGS, Thursday, 26 June 2008 19:06 (fifteen years ago) link

did anybody pre-order the vinyl on amazon (and if so did you receive it)?

winston, Thursday, 26 June 2008 19:11 (fifteen years ago) link

i noticed the track timings on discogs are different between the original CD and disc 1 of the box set. what gives?

moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 26 June 2008 19:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Looks like the track lengths (as listed on Discogs at least) don't exactly match up for each of the 4 albums, but the self-titled album is especially different.

lou, Thursday, 26 June 2008 19:40 (fifteen years ago) link

oh thats right. track 1 of the s/t is a new track i think. its nice but i agree with winston that it should have been kept. i guess he felt it was superfluous? seriously still pissed at what he did to that last track on konigforst so i'm glad i didn't buy this set. i'd rather just pay out the nose for original discs at this point

am0n, Thursday, 26 June 2008 19:44 (fifteen years ago) link

track 3 is new too i think

winston, Thursday, 26 June 2008 19:59 (fifteen years ago) link

and the running order is shuffled a bit (on the s/t)

winston, Thursday, 26 June 2008 20:01 (fifteen years ago) link

wow, glad I kept my original of Konigsforst.

I bought both of these (CD and LP) cuz they were cheap. I'm glad I didn't shell out bigtime because this seems like it has a lot of typical reissue fuckups. Deleting a track and drastically altering another, wtf!

sleeve, Friday, 27 June 2008 21:08 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...


am0n, Monday, 1 September 2008 02:19 (fifteen years ago) link

"please click"

dunno if it's been mentioned elsewhere, but the raster-norton thing is out. the book is more of the photos like the little card things that came in the nah und ferd box. no text whatsoever

cd is probably the least of the full-lengths but quite nice nonetheless; a great version of "tal 90", one of my favorite wv tracks

winston, Monday, 1 September 2008 11:59 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...

I never heard anything about how the live debut worked out... anyone?

ilxor, Saturday, 8 November 2008 04:06 (fifteen years ago) link

here's my review from the show at park güell, in barcelona:


pshrbrn, Saturday, 8 November 2008 09:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Nice review, Philip. It sounds like a great show... if exactly what I'd expect, of course.

ilxor, Sunday, 9 November 2008 02:17 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Before today, I had only heard Pop. I liked it, but I mentally filed it away as music to do homework to. Today I listened to Konigsforst over and over again, and I realized I'm going to have to look into everything Voigt has done. Track 5 is AMAZING.

2 5 (Z S), Wednesday, 31 December 2008 03:03 (fourteen years ago) link

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