HOLGER CZUKAY
Radio Wave Surfer
Good Morning Story

[Revisited / InsideOut, www.insideout.de]

A decade apart, these two Holger Czukay albums are now seeing their status be elevated to the re-issue rank. Both had something new to offer at the time of releases and each one is packed with a mass of vast ideas.
1988's "Radio Wave Surfer" is somewhat of an oddity in Czukay's vast catalogue. When I first bought the record in the late 80's, I though it was a bit uneven. I went as far as to declare it simple doodling on canvas with no large ideas in sight. With passing of time, I learned to like to record simply for its odd charm, its frankly bizarre meshing of sounds. The record sees the core members of Can reunite [Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli and Czukay] and man, do they sound tight. The album was recorded back in 1987 [at Can's Innerspace studio], live in concert in 1986 and partially at an art gallery in Berlin in 1984. Final, bonus track was recorded just last year and I'm not exactly sure that it adds anything new to the already complete record. All of this makes for an interesting pastiche of colours and shades. The first few tracks feature the morose and straight-forward, even bored vocals of Sheldon Ancel. Czukay plays variations on his pounding bass throughout, along with some nicely proportioned French horn motifs. His organ babblings are heard as well. What's most pleasing is his heavy use of radio [therefore the title] and Dictaphone. The music swings. It rocks, stops and has a funky beat all at once. It moves at a slow pace for the most part. The portions recorded at the art gallery are more pronouncedly adventurous. This is where Czukay whips out his radio and Dictaphone and goes all nuts on us. In moments, this starts to sounds like ambient music married to jazz and funk. Decidedly, Czukay was looking for direction and he found it in experimenting with variously positioned musical tools he had at his disposal. Not the best record from Czukay's catalogue, "Radio Wave Surfer" is still an interesting oddity in the bunch.
Moving forward to 1999, we find "Good Morning Story", perhaps Czukay's first venture into digital production. Czukay was so stuck on his tape machines and analogue recorders, he resisted the move to digital means. More coherent than "Radio Wave Surfer" release, the album sees Czukay experiment with samples to a large extent. While he still plays bass on all tracks, he sings [or talks - as some people would call it] on four pieces, plays trumpet on one track and uses synths to a large extent. Czukay's own prodigy U-She sings on a few pieces as well. Hers is a voice of abandon and passion. If the sultry "Invisible Man" does not make an impression on you in the bedroom, then I don't know what will. Can crew is back on board as Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit and Michael Karoli contributes their respective instruments on parts of the record. Much of the recording sounds like dub on downers. If you remember "Snake Charmer" or "On the Way to the Peak of Normal" you'll know what I'm referring to. The 22 minute "Mirage" is a world of purity and ambience. The track represents one perfect world of drifting and slightly shifting synth motif that is purposefully drawn out. The newly created "Mirage Remix" [which features the wild percussion work of Rhani Krija] is a piece that in places throughout its course tends to wake up and shake up the listener from their dazed state.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Z'EV - Metaphonics
+ Brush - Brush!?
+ Ariesta Birawa Group - Ariesta Birawa vol. 1
+ Zipps - Be Stoned! Dig The Zipps
+ Satya Sai Maitreya Kali - Apache/Inca
+ Charlemagne Palestine / Tony Conrad - An Aural Symbiotic Mystery
+ Toshinori Kondo - Fukyo
+ Max Richter - Songs from Before
+ Esmerine - Aurora
+ Jean-Luc Guionnet/Pascal Battus - Parmakli
+ Bill Horist - :Projects
+ Łukasz Ciszak - auxin
+ Tomasz Bednarczyk - Summer Feelings
+ volcano! - Beautiful Seizure
+ TR 21 - Deceased City
+ Transforma & O.S.T. - Synken
+ Reynold - La Cite d'en Haut
+ Radical Face - Ghost
+ Patrick Pulsinger - Dogmatic Sequences 1994 - 2006
+ Phelan Sheppard - Harps Old Master
+ Oblong - Indicator
+ Milenasong - Seven Sisters
+ Kapitan DA - Kapitan DA
+ Hug - Heroes
+ Housemeister - Roadmovie
+ A Hawk & A Hacksaw - The Way The Wind Blows
+ The Go Find - Stars On The Wall
+ Gescom - MiniDisc
+ Damero - Happy In Grey
+ Console - Pan Or Ama
+ Classic Cuts: Knight Action - Single Girl / Los Angeles T.F. - Magical Body / Mike Dunn - So Let It Be House / Dopplereffekt - Gesamkunstwerk
+ Christ. - Blue Shift Emissions
+ Blue Raincoat - Everything Is A Piece Of Something
+ Bloodysnowman - Bloodysnowman
+ American Gigolo III - Mixed & Compiled By Princess Superstar
+ 7 Up! - Singles Only 1978 - 1982

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+ loudQUIETloud - A Film about The Pixies DVD
+ BRENT FARISS / BILL THOMPSON - August - September
+ TOM RECCHION - Sweetly doing nothing
+ STEN SANDELL TRIO - Oval
+ MAGIC CARPATHIANS & LECHISTAN'S ELECTRIC CHAIR - Mirrors
+ WALTER & SABRINA - Chioma SuperNormal - The Dark Album
+ POSITIVE KNOWLEDGE - First Ones / JOEL FUTTERMAN / ALVIN FIELDER / IKE LEVIN - Live at the Blue Monk
+ ANTHONY BURR / OSCAR NORIEGA / CHRIS SPEED - The Clarinets
+ JESSE ZUBOT - Dementia
+ CHRISTIAN WEBER - 3 Suits & A Violin - Osaka Solo
+ HERIBERT FRIEDL - Back_Forward / BERNARD GUNTER / HERIBERT FRIEDL - Trans~
+ HORKESKART - Live in Solitude / CINC - Polyphonic Poetry
+ BOB MARSH / THERESA WONG / BRYAN EUBANKS - Luggage
+ JOHN BUTCHER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Concentric / RODRIGO AMADO / KENT KESSLER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Teatro
+ NORBERT MOSLANG / GUNTER MULLER - Wild_Suzuki / NORBERT MOSLANG - Burst_Log / MASAHIKO OKURA / GUNTER MULLER / AMI YOSHIDA - Tanker
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS / ANDREA CENTAZZO - Fire
+ RM74 - Fireproof in 8 Parts / RM74 / RLW - Pirouetten / HERPES Ö DELUXE - Kielholen
+ ÖLVIS - Bravado
+ TETSU INOUE - World Receiver / BEAUTUMN - Northing / RUDY ADRIAN - MoonWater / MARKUS REUTER - Trepanation
+ DRAKKAR SAUNA - Jabraham Lincoln
+ FLUORESCENT GREY - Lying on the Floor Mingling With God in a Tijuana Motel Room Next Door to a Veterinary Supply Store
>> HOLGER CZUKAY - Radio Wave Surfer - Good Morning Story
+ DO MAKE SAY THINK - You, You're a History in Rust
+ CLAUDIO PARODI - Horizontal Mover (homage to Alvin Lucier)
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Women of the World: Acoustic - A New Groove - One World, Many Cultures
+ BAD BRAINS - Live at CBGB 1982 - CD/DVD
+ JOHANNES BAUER / THOMAS LEHN / JON ROSE - Futch / STEVE LACY - Live at Jazzwerstatt Peitz
+ VOLCANO THE BEAR - Egg and Two Books
+ IRENE SCHWEIZER / FRED ANDERSON / HAMID DRAKE - Willisau & Taktlos
+ KOTRA AND ZAVOLOKA - Wag the Swing
+ CLINIC - Visitations
+ KUSH ARORA - Underwater Jihad
+ A WITNESS - I am John's Pancreas / PURE SOUND - Yukon
+ MONTA - The Brilliant Masses
+ SHELLEY BURGON / TREVOR DUNN - Baltimore
+ SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP - ..Aiff Skull EP
+ FRANCOIS HOULE - Aerials
+ KAZUMASA HASHIMOTO - Gllia / YASUSHI YOSHIDA - Secret Figure / MIDORI HIRANO - LushRush

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Laibach - relacja z koncertu w Palladium, Warszawa 10.12.2006
+ Singing is communication - wywiad z Marit Posch alias Damero
+ Something unique - wywiad z Mikael'em Stavostrandem (Bulgur Brothers)