Sunday, November 18, 2007

432. Holger Czukay - Movies (1979)

Track Listing

1. Cool In The Pool
2. Oh Lord Give Us More Money
3. Persian Love
4. Hollywood Symphony


This is a quite peculiar album, unlike anything before here, we had Throbbing Gristle using sampling of course but not in any kind of melodic form, Holger Czukay is however prefiguring Brian Eno's and David Byrne's future projects by using sampling to the advancement of the music itself. It is also prefiguring Beck and The Avalanches with the use of speech snippets.

Much like in My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts most of the samples are either from the Radio or from what you would call "World Music", this is particularly apparent in Persian Love, which makes great use of an Iranian singer that Holger captured on the radio and embellishes it with what sounds almost like a Cape Verdian morna. It is actually quite pretty.

This isn't Can really, for whom Holger was bassist, but there are some elements of it here, and also some elements of concrete music and the stuff from Brian Eno, the second track quotes David Bowie/Eno's Sense of Doubt at the 3 minute mark for example. Recommended.

Track Highlights

1. Persian Love
2. Cool In The Pool
3. Oh, Lord, Give Us More Money
4. Hollywood Symphony

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Czukay studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen from 1963 to 1966 and became a music teacher. Having had little interest in rock music, Czukay's opinion was changed when a student played him The Beatles' 1967 song "I Am The Walrus," which led Czukay to music by rock experimentalists like the Velvet Underground and Frank Zappa.

Persian Love, sorry for the video:

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