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1970's- FM radio, Alternative Magazine & 1st US Indie Distributor of Euro Rock

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EUROCK ~ European Rock
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A 30 Year History of Experimental Music
Electronic, Progressive & Space Rock

Interviews – Biographies – Reviews
7 X 10 ~ 714 Pages
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2,700 Artists Indexed

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THE GOLDEN AGE
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Eurock Magazine 1973-93

"The Millennium Edition"
Updated to the Year 2000


A Special Enhanced CD that contains 40 minutes of music by Japanese master musician Hiro Kawahara (of Heretic).

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the complete texts of all original EUROCK Magazine back issues, rare photos, discographies & index.
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"Without Music Life Would Be A Mistake" ~ Nietzsche
 

 

Eurock in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
In July 2013, Jennie Thomas, Head Archivist for the Museum & Archives of the R&R Hall of Fame contacted me. She asked if I would like to include my work created over the past 40-years of doing Eurock to their Archives. I was stunned and amazed, as well as honored they asked me. To date I have sent them copies of all the issues of Eurock Magazine, a complete set of Eurock Distribution Catalogs, the 1st book, CD-ROM, the brand new book and other related materials. More will follow. I am thrilled to add to the museums historical archives as well interviews, reviews and biographical features of the work of artists I wrote about and documented over the years. To celebrate I just published a brand new book with updated Interviews, archival photos & contemporary insights into Music & Culture.
Read: 40 Years of Eurock


 


1950 Rockin' to the Radio Beat

Eurock 40 Years On... March 15, 2013
View: Eurock Magazine Cover Gallery

March 15, 1973, in addition to the radio program which had been running for 2 years previously, Eurock also morphed into a music fanzine. Today that seems like a long time ago in a land far away. Remarkably, Eurock still lives on reincarnated as a Webzine, as well a radio program every Friday night broadcast via Translove Airwaves on San Francisco Community Radio. To the right you see me in 1971 entranced by the music, back-dropped by the art prints from Faust's 2nd album SO FAR and art prints from a German Bellaphon Records 1971 calendar. Above you see the covers of the first 4 issues of Eurock magazine. Feature articles, Interviews & Pictures from these as well as all issues of Eurock Magazine have now been reprinted in the book European Rock & the Second Culture. Click the Gallery link above and you can view as well all 40+ original covers of Eurock Magazine.

 

Music & Second Culture Post Millennium NEW 2104!
Patterson, Archie
[ISBN: 9781493627974]

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March 2014, France
This book is the follow up to a first book, which appeared in 2002, European Rock & the Second Culture, offering a musical perspective on European music by a journalist from the American Pacific coast. That original publication contained 700+ pages (reprinting articles from the original Eurock magazine, which appeared between the early 80s & 2002). 

This new book, Music & Culture Post Millennium, with its updated approach presents more insights, offering readers a more current synthesized vision of the history of the main musicians featuring more archival graphics along with the articles & interviews. There are also included first hand reflections by many artists on their personal evolution as well as the music scene, then and now. Featured are articles that are more recent & interviews covering several bands and artists including Christian Vander, Richard Pinhas, Manuel Göttsching, Florian Fricke, Gilbert Artman & many more...

In the 1970’s, Archie Patterson initially created Eurock as a radio show and magazine devoted almost exclusively to the European rock. Over the next 30+ years, he also developed a sales network by correspondence, based in Portland, Oregon. From 1980 on he produced over two dozen cassettes, featuring then unpublished music by many European artists including Pascal Comelade, Eskaton, Plastic People of the Universe, and others. Today Eurock continues as a webzine, he still produces a radio program, and has done over 50 productions on LP, CD-ROM and DVD.
-Pierre Durr
Revue & Corrigée n° 99

 


Perfect Sound Forever Eurock Interview 2014
Read: Archie Patterson Interview
Back in the Me Decade, rock fandom broke down into two distinct camps - Stones-lovin' bar-rockin' trad fans and the stoner art-rock boosters (there were plenty of others, but for the sake of our story, we'll stick with these for now). For the arty-types, the rise of Brit prog was a blessing, but of course the trad folks saw it as a curse. I startled both camps, moving back and forth, before deciding that ELP/ Yes etc. was a pox on music. But thanks to a publication and distribution service called Eurock, I had my head turned out quite a bit, as did thousands of other music fans. Suddenly the world of Krautrock/ Komische was being spread in the States as well as all manner of smaller/ stranger English varieties of prog-rock, in addition to all sorts of literally/ figuratively foreign music from around the European continent including Magma, the Plastic People of the Universe & the Rock In Opposition (RIO) movement, a/o.
- Jason Gross/ PSF


 


Music Millennium Eurock Book Talk & Signing
Watch: European Rock & the Second Culture

To commemorate 42 years of Eurock in JAN 2013 I gave a book talk at the place my career took off, Music Millennium in Portland, OR, one of the greatest record stores there ever was. I talked about how it all began for me, my personal love of music and the development of the music and culture I promoted.  also shared a few colorful stories and asides about my adventures in life and the business of music. A nice crowd turned out of friends old and new. A DIY video was recorded so you can watch and will hopefully enjoy...

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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Patterson, Archie

[ISBN: 978-0-9723098-0-6]

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In this thick anthology of rock history, Patterson compiles every feature article and interview published by Eurock magazine.

Described in the foreword as a documentation of a time in history when “the limits of imagination and what was possible sonically were stretched beyond the norm,” the anthology is organized by year, starting with 1973 and ending with 2002. Fans of European rock and electronic music will value the variety of content, from interviews with Holger Czukay to collections of mini-essays by Robert-Jan Stips. Without commentary or sidebars, the reprinted musings, essays and articles about and by musicians speak for themselves. And there’s a lot of rich information to mine; the reader may discover Klaus Dinger of the German rock scene or Heinz Strobl, also known as Gandalf, and might learn a few things about the underlying philosophies and theories that contributed to new waves of sound and sonic technology. Here, composers discuss the way they probe into their inner “soulscapes” for a truer, more authentic expression of sound, and reviewers rave about the new albums and LPs of the ’80s and ’90s. One artist, Mark Shreeve, describes music as an “undemocratic art” where many solo electronic musicians are more satisfied by developing their own ideas than by collaborating with one another. The interviews dig deep into the inspirations and motivations behind different movements, albums and periods of creation. If anything, the nostalgic experience of reading through these artifacts helps one appreciate the combination of moments, innovations and risks that created each new step of a growing musical force across a continent. For those readers interested in particular research, an index in the book’s final pages organizes all artists, bands and record labels mentioned. It makes for a fascinating aerial view of a music scene spanning three decades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Encounter of Experimental Music in Mexico
Read: MusicaExperimentaldeMexico

Mexico has had one of the most creative experimental & progressive rock scenes in Latin America since the early 1980's. Some of the best music Eurock has featured over the years has come from of Mexico. Bands & artists like Carlos Alvarado & Via Lactea, Decibel, Luis Perez, the late Jorge Reyes, Nazca, Eblen Macari, La Tribu & Arturo Meza stand out as truly unique in the annals of the International music scene. There are other bands as well however that have created music outside the structure of progressive rock over that same period that have remained relatively obscure. This article offers artifacts & information by three of them, Oxomaxoma, Hilozoizmo & Voldarepet, who have long explored the fusion of avant-garde, electronics, ethnic music & free jazz. I think you'll find this 2013 update on Musica Experimental de Mexico fascinating. Enjoy!

 

Urban Sax - Inside
Urban Sax, a world inhabited by saxophone & vocals filled with ccontinuous blasts, spiraling loops, omnipresent sound. Urban Sax is a concept, an audio/visual environment reflecting and enhancing the architecture & environment of the performance space. Their latest album Inside is a video reflection of concerts indoors & outdoors (Auditorium, Proscenium, Industrial Site, Church, Train ...)
The release comes in the form of a vinyl LP, a DVD recorded in 5.1, recreating the group's own sound spatial ambiance, a CD with 11 tracks
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Carlos Alvarado Interview Via Lactea in the USA
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Carlos talks in this interview about his first visit to me in Los Angeles, which was one of the biggest surprises and wonderful experiences I've had in my long years of meeting new music friends. He arrived with gifts and many exotic sounding new cassettes by artists I'd never heard of from way down south of the border in Mexico. I was astounded and amazed as he opened my eyes to a whole new world of exciting and creative experimental music and musicians.

 From that first visit flowed other music people and contacts with stores who bought music for sale as well. In some sense it was the beginning of what has turned out to be a long friendship between me and Carlos, as well a continuing magical musical trip of discovering new friends and fascinating music throughout the subsequent 40+ years.

 

The Secret Music of Hieronymus Bosch
Listen: Amelia's Hymnal
Read: The Hidden Music of Bosch
There are hidden musical notes written on the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens on the right panel "Hell" which is part of the famous triptych, "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch. They were discovered by a young blogger named Amelia who decided to transcribe them into modern notation and create the music Bosch had written back in the 1500's. So in effect, what had been lost to history has now been discovered and actualized by Amelia today. Bosch, along with Pieter Brueghel the elder, are two of my favorite artists, circa the 15th Century. I used their artwork on the cover of Eurock magazine back in the day. Here you can see the related art works. Above you can listen to Amelia's piano piece & read the full story about the hidden music of Bosch.
 

5.05.2013 Interview @ AMBIcon
Interview: Michel Huygen
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Michel Huygen & I have been in contact for over 30 years. I've been reviewing and playing his music all along and the Eurock files are filled with information, photos and art work he has sent me. Just recently he and I crossed paths, literally and unexpectedly, in the same place at the same time. It was an incredible case of happenstance leading to serendipity. I had just gotten his new album, ExoSomnia, and prepared a new radio program featuring music from it, the incredible extended track entitled "And Man Created Gods". It + the entire Neuronium catalog in now distributed in the USA via CD Baby. We had a great time hanging out at AMBIcon & recorded an interview filled with incredible stories about his history and long music career. Take a Listen! It makes for fascinating listening and is accompanied by many artifacts from the Eurock Archives.
 

Entropy Records
Hutch Demouilpied - Otherness (DBL CD)
18eme Boudoir - Le Cycle Des Lumieres (DBL CD)
Esther Burns - La Valeur Du Vide (CD)
Esther Burns - The Genius of the Crowd (3" CD)
More INFO: Entropy Records

Entropy Records out of Paris, France, is one of the most interesting boutique indie record labels I have come across in several years. They release LTD EDITION art- concept CD packages. The music of the various artists featured explores the musical realms of ambient space and acid jazz, as well as neo-classical and chamber electronics.

Highlighted above are four of the labels latest album releases - Hutch Demouilpied's OTHERNESS (DBL CD) and 18eme Boudoir's LE CYCLE DES LUMIERES (DBL CD). In addition the two releases by Esther Burns - LA VALEUR DU VIDE (CD) and THE GENIUS OF THE CROWD (3" CD EP).

OTHERNESS by multimedia composer/ musicians Hutch Demouilpied features a surreal series of soundcapes that comingle cerebral electronics, musique concrete inserts, ethereal voice, keyboards, trumpet and the amazing atmospheric sax colorations of Pee Wee Ellis. Disc 1 features original compositions, while Disc 2 contains imaginative and unique remixes that take the music into an entirely different musical dimension. Both discs offer the listener a totally unique and haunting musical  immersion experience.

LE CYCLE DES LUMIERES by 18eme Boudoir is also double disc set that offers two distinctly different audio environments. The duo, composed of Philippe Lechat "Lipo Cat" & Jacques Vautier have created on Disc 1 a series of experimental acid jazz textures haunted by synthetic spirits that will musically linger within the mental spaces of your minds eye. The musical themes are subtle and spatial, filled with bass pulsations, synthetic winds and celestial splashes of percussives and exotic effects.  Disc 2 is more a series of dark ambient, scared soundtracks filled with subtle looping synthetic pulsations, deep warmly melodic themes, choral voices, an operatic oratorio and delicate neo-chamber classical melodies. Both discs combine to create a totally enchanting listening session.

Esther Burns is comprised of Emmanuel Chagrot & Philippe Sangara. Their releases are perhaps two of the most powerful fusions of music and spoken word philosophical tracks I have ever heard. An avid scholar could write a lengthy dissertation on both the music and socio-political theory behind the albums conception. The casual, listener will instead become captivated by trying to absorb and decipher the words and meaning behind the various texts by Ronald Reagan's Doctor of Voodoo Economics Milton Freidman, along with the counterpoint cultural analysis of poet Charles Bukowski featured on THE GENIUS OF THE CROWD, taken from his album 70 MINUTES IN HELL.

Their debut album, LA VALEUR DU VIDE , features tracts by Antonin Artaud, Robert Johnson & Charley Patton + Phillip K. Dick. The music on both works is an incredible amalgam of electronics, laced with guitars, old fashioned keyboards, vintage recordings, static, mechanical sounds, samples, percussion, exotica and more. The words and music fade in and out of each other to create a surreal tapestry of intellectual stimulation and deeply emotive tone colors.

Of ALL the music I've heard recently, these 4 diverse releases offer some of the most unique and compelling music and creative concepts that I've heard in the last few years. They are my personal Favorites from 2012! I highly recommend you check out the music released by Entropy Records!
 

The Larry Mondello Band The All American Underground Band
Read
: LMB
Watch: LMB

IN THE BEGINNING, there was the Leave it to Beaver show a television comedy of the late 1950s. The medium of TV delivered the message of society distilled into a handful of characters for half an hour each week, spinning the tales of an All American family.

There is always another storyline however, a parallel plane of existence, especially during the 1950s before the Pandora's Box was opened and America turned into what it is today. When secret lives were led and music was  something people did to simply explore their inner life, not be cool or make money. There was no internet to spread a virus or exorcise personal demons. People came alive by exercising their imaginations, not playing with computerized toys.

The works of The Larry Mondello Band are completely unique and can only be categorized as a product of Larry’s own personal state of mind. At the very least, they are an artifact of the time before the machines took over and downloading made music simply a product of the ether, a non-corporal substance. The LMB was the antithesis of all that.
 

Stomu Yamash’ta
Listen: Stomu Yamash’ta Podcast


Stomu Yamash'ta performed his first concert, Percussion Concerto, with the Kyoto Philharmonic Orchestra in 1963 at the age of 16. By age 17, he had transplanted to NYC and entered Julliard. During the 1970s, he became internationally renowned, releasing a series of albums adapting his adventurous style to creating a new fusion of experimental jazz, symphonic, electronic and rock music. He released 3 albums entitled Go, featuring a cast of international superstar musicians.

In the 1980s, he reached a spiritual impasse, returning to live in Kyoto where he took up Buddhist studies. Yamash’ta returned to music when in the 1990s he discovered the musical powers of Sanukit stones which generate sound over an 8000 hertz spectrum, creating an 88-tone range. Using these stones, he created an entire line of instruments and began exploring a new sound concept “sacred music of the stones”. Eurock LIVE Podcast #24 features music from his classic, early 1980s Iroha trilogy, as well as from a series of small label, privately released albums by Japan’s foremost modern music composer Stomu Yamash’ta.
 

Art Zoyd
Listen: Art Zoyd Podcast

To usher in 2012 we bring you the 22nd Eurock LIVE Podcast, a very special multi-media program for you this time featuring music and video by Art Zoyd from France. Art Zoyd formed in the mid 1970’s. Their style ushered in a new form of French fusion, which combined influences of Magma, mixed with Zappa. They sonically alchemized diverse elements into a stark, skeletal and frenetic structure to create a new hybrid of freewheeling “gypsy jazz” and neo-chamber music.
They were one of the 8 original bands in the “Rock in Opposition” music collective. The RIO philosophy was that rock was a form of art and culture, opposed to business as usual on all levels. Their ethos, “making music record companies didn’t want to hear". Later, the band began to evolve musically even more with the addition of Patricia Dallio on keyboards. The music became more structured and composed. They wrote scores for dance performances as well as multi-media installations. The bands focus has turned to making music that engages the intellect. Today Art Zoyd continues as a collective of diverse artists and musicians who continue doing numerous visual and stage presentations, as well as recording projects. Download this Podcast & Enjoy!
 


 

 

Hiro Kawahara Heretic Interview
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Listen: Heretic Podcast


Japan Electronica featuring Heretic w/ Peter Frohmader & Steve Baltes & ToRi

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Japan experimental scene was in its embryonic phase. Fools Mate Magazine was the main vehicle for promotion and a handful of groups were beginning to mutate the sounds of pop, rock and electronics into a new modern fusion of styles and influences. Hiro Kawahara was one of the early pioneers of a new form of Zen electronics that combined mystical and spiritual influences with experimental electronic rock. In this Interview he talks about the history of his music and release of the new album Requiem (see the Reviews page).
In the recent past while Skyping w/ Hiro Kawahara I learned that the air, water, rice and meat are all now above safe radiation levels in Tokyo. While mainstream media moves from one sensational headline to the next, it is important to always know and understand the real human story and consequences of what happens. In many ways music can tell that story, in this case it will give you chills and fill your heart with the deepest of emotions for all Japanese people now going through the aftermath of this disaster.
 

AskaTemple John Ubel (1996-2012 Oct.20th)
Read
: John Ubel RIP
Listen: AskaTemple Podcast

One of the most provocative bands and musicians I have come across in my years spent chronicling the world scene of experimental and underground music is AskaTemple, led by Muneharu Yuuba whose stage name was John Ubel. The band name, derived from the small village he lived, also makes reference to the spiritual & shamanist mysticism of his music that also contains strong influences from the psychedelic era.

He passed away recently and though a virtual unknown, it's a loss of to the world of music today in more ways than we can know. In this age of media saturation, it is rare that such intensity of emotion as evidenced in the music of AskaTemple is conveyed. Be it his guitar playing, synthesized guitar compositions or the band recordings, his music was devotedly non-commercial and filled with a depth of passion that only an artist who lives and works outside the realm of daily life as we know it today can create. The article by Nicolai Murahama, keyboardist for AskaTemple,  reflects on his strange story and includes an insightful look at his musical history and life history .
 

The Cosmic Couriers Once Upon on Time in Germany...
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: The Cosmic Couriers

In 1970, there were no German record companies interested in German music. We showed the German people that they could trust their own music. (Mojo magazine, April 2003)

In Germany, and around the world, a new international consciousness came into being during that era, the times they were a changing, and forever altered in more ways than anyone could have ever imagined. The story of The Cosmic Couriers’, Rolf & Gille, was in many ways a paradigm example of that. Little known now and ultimately written out of the cultural lexicon, sometimes dreams die hard, old memories simply fade away. Rolf & Gille are still alive, now living out of touch with the world today by choice. Their dreams live on only as words in the ether.

This new article offers for the first time original documents from the Eurock archives, translated from German into English. You can also watch original video from a German TV debate about the German music industry. Kaiser debates Nikel Pallat manager of Berlin agit-rock band TSS, and the plug gets pulled...
Read: The Mythos of Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser
Watch Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser on German TV
 

Via Lactea Carlos Alvarado 1980 Eurock Interview
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: Via Lactea Interview

In the early days of the Mexican Rock scene there have been few groups dedicating themselves to doing experimental music and being open to furthering their creativity. In the beginning, there were Decibel and Chac Mool, both featured keyboardist, composer Carlos Alvarado who also led his own group, Via Lactea (“Milky Way”).

This interview conducted in the early 1980s was rediscovered while organizing the Eurock archives and is published here in English for the first time. In the interview, Carlos talks about his ideas and his position in the Mexican rock & electronic music scene.
 

euroRock In Opposition
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: RIO

Rock began in opposition to mainstream culture. The metamorphosis from (black) race music into white rock ‘n’ roll shook the very foundations of society. It was an ungodly amalgamation of the blues from the plantation fields, jazz and poetry in bohemian enclaves, injected with country folk. Ultimately, it was all bastardized by white boys in US garages making noise.

The mode of music became revolutionized, and ultimately co-opted as corporate record labels began signing anyone up who could play an instrument, or not, and hyping it to make millions. The commercial record business literally exploded and FM radio hit the airwaves. Today’s music scene is a different animal. There are still bands around the world making creative music without purely commercial intent. The internet both facilitates their existence, and to a great degree consigns them to needle-in-a-haystack oblivion. In the real world, indie labels, music stores, a viable distribution network and counter culture ethos are withering, even major label record companies are dying on the vine.

Technology dominates.
Marshall McLuhan predicted the creation of mass media in his 1964 book, “The Medium is the Message”, offering fair advanced warning. In 1966, he talked of the creation of the Internet and its lifestyle changes, the concept of a global village, later twitter & more, envisioning its substance and impact: "All media work us over completely. They are so pervasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The Medium is the Massage. Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without a knowledge of the way media work as environments. All media are extensions of some human faculty--psychic or physical."
 

Mikhail Chekalin MIR Records Reissues & New Music
For More INFO: Mikhail Chekalin
Listen: Mikhail Chekalin PODCAST


Between 2005 and 2010, MIR Records in the USA released eight productions devoted to works by Mikhail Chekalin. The label produced 4 CDs and 4 DVDs bringing his work to an entirely new worldwide audience. The MIR label now embarks on an ambitious new project, beginning with a series of six CDs, titled the Historic Edition, featuring previously unreleased material from his personal archives. That is followed by his entire back catalog of previously released albums, as well as unreleased archival recordings and brand new music. The Historic Edition series focuses on music from the middle of the 1970’s through the early 1980’s. It does not include any of the previously available Melodiya releases, but instead features material not released before in any way.

In addition, MIR has now released a new installment of 28 albums that feature both new post-Millennium music and re-mastered reissues by Chekalin. They include a selection of influential albums produced for the state owned Melodiya label in the late 1980’s & early 1990’s. The music covers a wide stylistic spectrum from diverse experimental beat influenced electronic music and avant-garde post-symphonic experiments, to dense, ambient, neo-classic space music compositions for keyboard and synthesizer. Over the span of all 39 albums released to date by the MIR label, you can hear the strikingly high level of creativity and innovative spirit of the music Mikhail Chekalin has been producing over the span of his entire career. Now at last having his works available outside Russia offers experimental music fans in the West a brand new listening adventure to undertake..

As the listener experiences Chekalin’s musical progression through the years, they will in fact be hearing an audio documentation of the history of experimental music by one of the premier Russian musicians and composers over the last half century. For artists there, music & art was not about making money, but more importantly keeping their creative spirit alive. In Chekalin’s case that was certainly true. The social and political dynamic of making art, music and real life is clearly evident in the intensity and emotional power of the music Mikhail Chekalin made.
 


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NEW Kluster & CON Box Sets
VOD100: Conrad Schnitzler "ConTainer" T1-12 8 LPs
Music Samples:
CON VoD
VOD102: KLUSTER "Klusterstrasse 69-72" 8 LPs
Music Samples: Kluster VoD

The Kluster box features music recorded at various sound installations during the years 1969-1972. The material on this Box-Set is all previously unreleased!
The CON box offers a retrospective of his 1971-1983 works previously released only as a Very LTD EDITION 6xTape-Set by the Transmitter Tapes label in 1983.
Both box sets feature deluxe packaging w/ 4 DBL gatefold albums on180 gram virgin vinyl, released as
LTD EDITION sets by the German label Vinyl on Demand. The Kluster set features extensive and timely liner notes contributed by Wolfgang Seidel and myself. The CON solo box contains 4 double gatefold albums on white 180 gram virgin vinyl with 4x 8.5" X 10.5" original CON photos, black and white glossies + a  bonus 7" EP!
 

Luis Perez Sanctuary of the Butterflies
Listen: Luis Perez PODCAST
Luis Perez Resonance
Watch: Resonance PREVIEW Clip


In the beginning, there was the music of nature. First, there was thunder, then rain, the oceans and rushing rivers. Following that was the wind, birds, bees and pounding heartbeat of man.

Since 1971, Luis has dedicated his life to the study of Pre-Columbian musical instruments and researching musical traditions among Mexico’s ethnic groups. In 1980, he released his first album and pioneered a unique new music genre in the process. In the Navel of the Moon featured modern music he composed & played with ancient instruments.

In addition to his new album, Luis is now working on a
documentary film entitled Resonance. It will explore the world of sound [one being music], and its ramifications and repercussions around the world. It will focus on a comparison between the use of sound by ancient civilizations and societies in our own time. The images, sounds and music of the film will evoke the harmony of nature and explore the question of how the habitation of the planet by humanity has influenced the course of history, for the better or worse. Watch the 7-minute trailer and  get a glimpse into the cosmic sound of the spheres...
 


 

 

Eurock Audio Archives #5 CON-Speak 2008
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Con-Speak1MP3  
Con-Speak2MP3  Con-Speak3MP3

Eurock Magazine had published articles and run an early mini-interview with CON. In the summer of 2008, I sent him some questions for a new interview and he kindly obliged. He even went a step further bringing his own special form of creativity to the mix. He chose also to create a recorded addendum that told his story, and conveyed the essence of what he really wanted to say. He sent me the answers to the questions and a recording, which consisted of three different treated versions of his monologue to use how I liked. CON passed away August 4, 2011. Listening now to this series of audio recordings I think serves as a wonderful reminder of the man, His creative energy knew no boundaries, and certainly in so many ways played an integral part in the beginnings of the German "neumusik" revolution in Berlin back in the late 1960s.
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Eurock Audio Archives #4 Interview w/ Cluster 2008
Listen:
ClusterINT08MP3

This is a
Summer of 2008 Interview with Dieter Moebius & Joachim Roedelius w/ Tim Story done just before their USA Tour. Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius made music together for over 40 years before finally going there own ways in 2010. Their final concert was on December 5th of that year. After several releases done with Kluster and Conrad Schnitzler, the duo were joined by Conny Plank on their self-titled debut album released in 1971 on the Philips Record label in Germany. In 1996 Cluster toured the US for the first time and we met in Portland. Their concert was a revelation and our pancake breakfast the morning after was legendary. Almast12 years later they returned to the US and toured again. Sadly the didn't play in Portland however. While in the States they spent time with their good friend and old pal of mine Tim Story who did this interview for Eurock. Tim is a renowned, pioneering US artist in his own right. He and Joachim have also done several excellent music collaborations together. Tim also produced what turned out to be the final Cluster album, QUA, released in 2009 by the Nepenthe US label. Nepenthe also released in 2009 the legendary Human Being recordings LIVE AT THE ZODIAC -BERLIN 1968 done at the Zodiac Club. So take a listen to & enjoy the famed duo and Tim having fun and talking music back then...
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Eurock Audio Archives #3 Gilbert Artman EXPO 1986 Interview
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GilbertINT1MP3
For More INFO: Urban Sax

In 1986, I witnessed the spectacle of Urban Sax LIVE at Midnight during the World EXPO in Vancouver, BC. It began with barges floating across the river amidst a shroud of fog while colored flood lights panned the water.
The group was accompanied by a Native American drum circle and climbers rappelling overhead amidst the domed metal webbing constructed over top the open pavilion, as well as up and down the building walls. Urban Sax, attired in silver mesh and plastic tubing serenaded the packed outdoor arena for over an hour. Earlier in the day I interviewed Gilbert Artman, aided by his kind manager Gilles Yepremian serving as translator. We had a nice 25-minute conversation with Gilbert talking about his musical history and Urban Sax philosophy. The quality is quite good, so it makes for a very interesting listen with most of the information not dated at all. Again adjust your volume as needed & Enjoy!
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Urban Sax Virtual DVD Preview
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In 2012, the bands new DVD may at last see the light of day. It will feature live performances along with a revolutionary new concept, a "Virtual Urban Sax" installation. Watch Previews for that at the links above.
 

Eurock Audio Archives #2 Conversation w/ Malcolm Mooney 1980
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I was living in LA at the beginning of the 1980s when I met Malcolm Mooney former lead singer of Can. At that point Eurock Magazine was at its high point in terms of distribution entering the 7th year. Malcolm called and said he'd heard of my work in promoting Euro rock and suggested we meet up. He invited me to his home and there we had a free ranging chat about his time with Can, music, his teaching, music and art. It was recorded on a small Panasonic portable recorder. What was recorded of that conversation is not bad quality and has not been tweaked or edited for the most part. Adjust your volume as needed. Malcolm was a great cat and is still active today in art and music. You can check out his web site to catch his latest projects.

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Eurock Audio Archives #1 Interview w/ Uli Trepte 1977
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In the late 1970's I was up in Portland running ITC and importing Euro music as well as well as co-programming a weekly radio program. In addition, Eurock Magazine was gaining traction in Europe and making many new contacts. One hilarious highlight of that era was the magazine being featured on the record store set of Robin Williams then popular TV program Mork & Mindy. Right next to the cash register in full display were visible several copies of the mag each time a counter scene was shot on the store set. In 1977, Uli Trepte of Guru Guru, Spacebox  and later Move Groove came to the US and stayed in LA with one of my original Euro musical guru's Dana Madore who ran a now legendary record store named Moby Disc at that time. A real high point for me early on doing Eurock was having a couple long conversations with him that led us to being life long friends.
At one point we recorded and interview that was aired on KINK FM in 1977. In retrospect he recounts his personal history nicely I think. The unfamiliarity with the technology involved only add a touch of humanity to process. The recording quality is not bad. Adjust your volume accordingly. My old pal Dana supplies the humor at the outset when he answers the phone. Uli passed away May 21, 2009, and I'd like to think he's still playing music up in the ether. This recording lets you hear him "in the flesh", perhaps for the first time, and for me in some way keeps his spirit alive.
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The Move Live At The Fillmore West 1969 (Dbl CD)
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The Move was perhaps the greatest UK band who never got their big break in the USA. If you listen to their music now however, all beautifully re-mastered and reissued, you can hear the genius and feel the power that came into play at their most creative moments.  In October 1969 they did their only tour of the US. The band rented a car and U-Haul trailer then took off on a 3-week road trip across the US on Route 66 to play several dates, including the Whisky in LA and Fillmore West is SF. Today, through some act of divine providence  a brand new Move DBL CD of the last concert on that tour, LIVE AT THE FILLMORE WEST 1969, has been released in the UK. Recorded direct from the monitor desk, Carl Wayne kept the original tapes in his personal archives in hopes they would someday see a release. Now, more than 40 years later, listening to the tapes cleaned up using the latest technology, you can flashback and relive the music of The Move, circa 1969, Raw & Alive!
 


  

 

Agitation Free - Shibuya Nights ~ LIVE In Tokyo
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Of all the German bands, Agitation Free was certainly one of the most musically adventurous. Thirty-five years after first disbanding, the band has reformed and in February 2007 performed LIVE in Tokyo. October 31, 2011 Esoteric records in the UK released an album of that concert and it truly is an Agitation Free “best of.” It features five tracks from their 1972 release Malesch and five from 2nd (1973). It also includes three new compositions, plus “Nomads,” my favorite track from their 1999 reunion album, River of Return. Programmed perfectly, the track sequence creates a magical, mystical tour through those halcyon days when inspiration flowed freely, guitars and imaginative synthesizer soundscapes comingled to conjure up sonic panoramas of far-off imaginary lands.
 

Lard Free Reissues
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T
his only video ever shot of the original Lard Free circa 1971, a pioneering French underground band formed by Gilbert Artman in the wake of the French student uprising and barricades in the street. Their first two original albums on Vamp Records are among some of the hardest to find on vinyl. Their third was the first step Gilbert's took sonically w/ its layered waves of undulating electronics leading up to the creation of his amazing current ensemble Urban Sax. The first three albums have now been reissued on vinyl with the original sleeves and a special poster insert. Also released on vinyl for the first time are the very first recordings by Lard Free. It comes with a special EP featuring two previously unreleased early 70's studio and live tracks by the band. A LTD ED of 500 vinyl LPs released by Wah Wah Records, Spain. Listen above to the 2011 US Eurock radio program featuring all 3 Lard Free albums!
 

Iggy &The Stooges RAW POWER Live 2010
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May 15, 1970 I drove up to SF with a friend to see Iggy and The Stooges for the first time. Their performance of FUN HOUSE & THE STOOGES albums was primal performance art, jacked up to the max, full of latent menace and a touch of insanity. In 1973, I saw them perform RAW POWER in LA, It was like a high fashion freak show happening, with The Whisky teetering on the brink of chaos. Iggy, the band, and the audience, caught up in the heat of the moment. Now in 2010 the band is back  performing that seminal album again. The band is hyper-charged and Iggy still throwing himself with total abandon completely into each performance. Read the story of their long strange "death trip" as witnessed by yours truly back then and now on their band new DVD.
 

Emerson Lake & Palmer
40th Anniversary Reunion Concert @  UK High Voltage Festival - July 25, 2010
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It has been a long and interesting journey for ELP. Formed in 1970, the UK music press dubbed them the first supergroup. They were a band composed of integral parts from three big UK bands of the time: The Nice, King Crimson and Atomic Rooster. Imagine just how super they might have been if Hendrix had not died as he was also rumored to be interested in joining the trio as well. ELP were the first band to combine rock, classical and jazz into a new and unique musical fusion that sounded like no one else, Today they are still today worshiped by fans around the world, and derided by hip critics as utterly pretentious. At the end of the video-doc on the new DVD when asked to characterize what ELP meant, Keith answers tongue in cheek, Extra Large Parts, (Lol), or Everyone Loves Potatoes, that's really what ELP stands for. (Lol)
 

Gentle Giant Derek Shulman Interview
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In the annals of "Prog-Rock" there were a couple English bands that didn't fall prey to the pomp & circumstance that led most others to the dinosaur bone yard, Gentle Giant was one of them. The Shulman brothers and their mates made intelligent rock laced with jazz, a quick breath of the classics at time and a bit of pop perhaps. It all combined into their own eccentric concoction that not surprisingly doesn't sound today like an old fossil from the past.

In 1997, they released a retrospective box set of rarities that was full of quark, strangeness & musical charm. In 2009, they lovingly re-mastered the Gentle Giant catalog and did a series of special reissues that also offered up a fair share of great music and memories of the glorious music from their past. It was at that time I had the chance to chat with Derek Shulman. He talked about the bands past and his present activities. I even got him to confess a secret he has never shared before as the conversation wandered a bit far from the point. Curious aren't you... So give a listen...
 

Elliott Murphy Interview
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I remember the 1970's all too well. Post college, the reign of Reagan in California as Governor, the 60's dead end dream with it's fractionalization followed by the ascendency of the "me" generation" that led us to today's "new world order". One of the best things of that time was a new rock-poet who spoke of that malaise, strummed his guitar and had the voice of a choir boy pleading to the Lord for salvation. That was Elliott Murphy who recorded during that era 4 of the great rock-poet albums ever done - Aquashow, Lost Generation, Night Lights & Just A Story From America. A critics favorite, the masses were well past introspection and salvation even then, so sales dwindled. What's a poor rock 'n' roller to do, eh?

The answer was... Move to France where he could become a respected artist and have a long career. He met his mate there as well. Many years later when doing a 30-day US road trip he passed thru' PDX and I met the man, had his wife and son over to the house and shared a great family Vietnamese dinner at a place down the street. He was older and wiser, yet still had the gift, which he shared with a few fans at a local club that night. More time passed and in 2009 we hooked up again via the Transatlantic airwaves and did this Interview in. It's was real nice chat and he tells a good story, take a listen...
 

MIT Museum Electronica Synthetic Homage to CON
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A long time Eurock friend and supporter Joe Paradiso, professor at MIT and Director of the Media Lab's Responsive Environments Group, emailed me from ARS ELECTRONICA in Austria about his latest project. He constructed himself a big modular synth rig between 25 & 35 years ago - which is probably the world's largest homemade synth. It will be going into the MIT Museum in a month or two as a living exhibition and he will be changing the patch every month or so, hence it will generate a different sonic environment periodically, and will be continually streaming live audio online. As he described it: "I've got my rig streaming sound into a  virtual world populated with sensor data that we're running here in Austria now, it's linked back at MIT to my lab running an autonomous patch. Even though it is an old modular system, the rig is big enough that it generates enough sound to hold your interest for a while. I was thinking of Con while I was patching, as you might be able to detect. Check out what it is streaming now; the stream is linked at the bottom of the page." Also check out the "Virtual World".
 

 

Plastic People of the Universe
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When modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the state always change with them. Plato
The Plastic People of the Universe were a band who made music as an act of creation for a less material second culture, not centered on marketing and selling. In the process, the Czech government banned them and various members were thrown in jail. The government informed them they had to obtain a license to perform or quit playing. They then went underground and played secretly...

 

The Godfather of Deutsch Rock Interview
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Before there was Krautrock, there was "Schlager". Then along came the "Beat Club", Germany's answer to "American Bandstand" and the foundation was laid for a change in the mode of the music which would shake the walls of Berlin and ultimately all of Germany. Gerhard Augustin was the original co-host and creator of the Beat Club" and a prime instigators of the new German scene. As A&R man at Liberty/ UA in Germany he signed Can, Amon Duul & Popol Vuh to the first major label contracts on the Krautrock scene. This in depth Interview with him makes for fascinating reading.
 

 

Giorgio Gomelsky Video Interview
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Giorgio Gomelsky is one of the true pioneers of  experimental rock music. In these excerpts from Joly MacFie's Punkcast he talks about his original Crawdaddy Club which was the first venue the Rolling Stones played. In addition to that he also produced the first recordings of the Yardbirds, Gong and Vangelis. He left the UK and went to France to produce Magma and they went on to create la scène souterrain musicale Français. Today Giorgio lives in NYC and still keeps attuned to exciting new musical and technological innovations.
 

 

The Residents...Revealed!
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Today
in 2013 it's hard to believe, and many younger people don't know how different the music world was back in the late 60's and early 70's. Bill Reinhardt, a DJ, film maker and sound man for The Storefront Theater in PDX, was a friend of the Residents during that time. In their very early days he visited the boys down in SF and made a mini-documentary film, unseen until just recently. The "band" has since become a living legend and still makes some of the most unique and experimental "music" today. Bill's film is an amazing artifact of that time and that group of avant artistes. Take a look. You will be amazed...

 

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Manuel Goettsching ~ Damo Suzuki ~ Attila Grandpierre ~ Giorgio Gomelsky ~ Luis Paniagua

   

Kraftwerk ~ Ian Boddy ~ Luc Marianni ~ Gerhard Augustin ~ Oculo Rapido