Friday, July 22, 2011

Episode 358

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 358

E.M.A.K. 1 (Originalton West, 1982)

      E.M.A.K. 2 (Originalton West, 1983)                      E.M.A.K. 3 (Originalton West, 1985)

This episode featured three tracks from E.M.A.K. (Elektronische Musik Aus Köln), Cologne’s "synth-core/minimal-wave/deutsche electronische group." E.M.A.K. released three ground-breaking albums between 1982 and 1985 on their own Originalton West label. The three albums came housed in identical sleeves distinguishable only by the colour. Three essential records if you can find them. If not, check out this brilliant compilation from Soul Jazz Records. As they proved with the Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83 compilation Soul Jazz know their stuff.

E.M.A.K. - A Synthetic History of E.M.A.K. 1982-88 
(Soul Jazz, 2011)

From the Soul Jazz sleevenotes: "E.M.A.K. (Electronische Musik aus Köln) was founded in Cologne in autumn 1981. Situated in the basement of a music store called ‘Hört-Hört’ (‘Listen-Listen’) was a small 8-track studio run by Matthias Becker. It was here at the ‘Originalton West’ studio that Becker and Kurt Mill, along with Michael Filz and Klaus Stühlen, formed E.M.A.K. and here also where Becker launched the Originalton West label with the release of ‘E.M.A.K.1’ in January 1982.

E.M.A.K. originally functioned more as a collective of individuals than a traditional group. Filz and Stühlen worked on tracks individually and Mill and Becker worked on material at the studio. Kurt Mill and Mathias Becker were the producers and chose all the tracks and final mixes.

Matthias Becker: 'I grew up to the music of Kraftwerk and Amon Düül. I remember that in 1970, when I was 15, there was a ‘Kommune’ living in the house next door and shortly after the release of ‘Kraftwerk’ for more than a week or two each day the sounds of ‘Ruckzuck’ and ‘Stratovarious’ vibrated through the walls of our living room, (very much to the irritation of my parents).'

Although E.M.A.K. were not part of any larger electronic scene in their local city, Cologne was nevertheless still the base of Can, and Holger Czukay’s own studio was barely 200 metres from Originalton West. There was also nearby Johannes Fritsch’s ‘Feedback’ Studio. Fritsch was a serious composer of ‘Neue Musik’ who had collaborated with Stockhausen, who - incidentally - lived and worked in Kürten, a small village about 35 kms from Cologne."

Episode 358 – 21/07/2011


John Stammers - Your Good is as Guess as Mine (The Kramford Look Remix)
Elephant - Allured
Elephant - Actors
Crystal Fighters - Plage
Thomas Truax - A Gold Star For Miss July
North Sea Radio Orchestra - Beliner Luft
Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands - Miracle Candle
Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands - Contact Sports
Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands - Broken Up Now
Discodine feat. Jarvis Cocker - Synchinize (extended version)
E.M.A.K. - Auf Immer
E.M.A.K. - Slow Motion
E.M.A.K. - Tanz In Dem Himmel
Alvarius B. - Well Known Stranger
Cut Copy - This Is All We've Got
Cut Copy - Pharaohs & Pyramids
Andrew Pekler - First
ARP - Pastoral Symphony 1. Domineos 2. Infinity Room
Damon & Naomi - Ophelia
Willy Vlautin interview pt 1
Richmond Fontaine feat Deborah Kelly - Let Me Dream of the High Country
Willy Vlautin interview pt 2
Richmond Fontaine - Lost In the Trees
Willy Vlautin interview pt 3
Richmond  feat. Deborah Kelly - The Eagle's Lodge
Willy Vlautin interview pt 4
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Freedom From Want and Fear

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