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Cinema (5LP + DVD + 7” Box Set)


Cinema (5LP + DVD + 7” Box Set)

by Holger Czukay

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“The music in this box set does indeed demonstrate masterful arrangements of sounds and sources, movement and melody, humour and seriousness, that can well be described as magical. It is also a set of unpredictable keys and ciphers, revealing a unique worldview where high artistic rigour meets continual openness to chance and serendipity. In this, Holger not only cut and pasted music but time, place and mindsets, when such things in popular culture were not only technically near impossible but virtually unprecedented.” - Ian Harrison (Mojo)

This retrospective box set contains 5 CDs or 5 LPs, a lush booklet, a DVD - ‘Krieg der Töne’ (‘War Of The Sounds’), a VinylVideo 7” (LP box set only), and a digital download code (LP box set only).

‘Krieg der Töne’ (‘War Of The Sounds’) was produced for the most experimental late night program on German public television network ARD, ‘Das kleine Fernsehspiel’ (‘The Small Teleplay’) in 1989. In the Eighties the department co-produced international independent films like Charlie Ahearn’s early hip hop film ‘Wild Style’ (1983) and Jim Jarmusch’s sophomore feature ‘Stranger Than Paradise’ (1984). Michael Meert’s ‘Krieg der Töne’ is emphatically called “a Video-Musical.” Meert was part of a movement of video activists in the early eighties, who wanted to create faster, more spontaneous pictures through video productions and hoped for a new, political and artistic public sphere of moving images through video. Holger Czukay plays a session musician, who is also named Holger Czukay but is not completely identical with the real Czukay. He is a bass player for the all-powerful music corporation Super Sound, who has to earn extra money by tuning pianos. One of his customers is an ambitious upper class mother, who desperately wants her 12 year old daughter Ino to win the Super Sound talent show. She hires Professor Czukay as a piano teacher but mainly hopes he can put a word in for her daughter at the upcoming event. Czukay is a grumpy but original teacher who opens the world of everyday sounds for Ino, smashing her mother’s precious china along the way. Ino embarks on a magical journey through Cologne, where everyday sounds transform to music on Czukay’s wonderful soundtrack. People blowing into beer bottles sound like electronically distorted trumpets, rhythms of footsteps, trains and ships form a hypnotic groove. Finally she enters the high altar of German avant-garde pop: Holger Czukay’s real life studio, with his tape machines and a short wave radio receiver at the core. ‘Krieg der Töne’ is a musical slapstick comedy and a poetic film about discovering your own ‘swing’ and the magic of sounds.

VinylVideo recordings contain video (moving images and sound) stored in a special analogue stereophonic video signal format specifically developed for recording on vinyl records. The signal can be reproduced by connecting a special decoder unit to any ordinary HiFi turntable and standard television.

CD1 / LP1


Holger Schüring Quintett - Konfigurationen (1960, previously unreleased)

Technical Space Composer's Crew - Canaxis (1969, ‘Canaxis 5’)

Technical Space Composer's Crew - Boat Woman Song (1969, ‘Canaxis 5’)

Cluster & Eno - Ho Renomo (1977, ‘Cluster & Eno’)


CD2 / LP2

Holger Czukay - Oh Lord Give Us More Money (1979, ‘Movies’)

Holger Czukay - Persian Love (1979, ‘Movies’)

Holger Czukay - Cool In The Pool (1979, ‘Movies’)

Holger Czukay - Hollywood Symphony (1979, ‘Movies’)

Les Vampyrettes (Czukay/Plank) - Biomutanten (1980, ‘Les Vampyrettes’)


CD3 / LP3

Les Vampyrettes (Czukay/Plank) - Menetekel (1980, ‘Les Vampyrettes’)

Phew (Phew/Czukay/Liebezeit/Plank) - Signal (1981, ‘Phew’)

Holger Czukay - Witches Multiplication Table (1981, ‘On The Way To To Peak Of Normal’)

Holger Czukay - On The Way To The Peak Of Normal (1981, ‘On The Way To To Peak Of Normal’)

Holger Czukay - Ode To Perfume (1981, ‘On The Way To To Peak Of Normal’)

Holger Czukay - Two Bass Shuffle (1981, ‘On The Way To To Peak Of Normal’)

Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble - How Much Are They? (1982, ‘Full Circle’)

CD4 / LP4

Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble - Trench Warfare (1982, ‘Full Circle’)

Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble - Full Circle R.P.S. (No. 7) (1982, ‘Full Circle’)

Holger Czukay/Jaki Liebezeit/Jah Wobble - Twilight World (1982, ‘Full Circle’)

Holger Czukay - The Photo Song (1984, ‘Der Osten Ist Rot’)

Holger Czukay - Der Osten Ist Rot (1984, ‘Der Osten Ist Rot’)

Holger Czukay - Das Massenmedium (1984, ‘Der Osten Ist Rot’)

Holger Czukay - Träum Mal Wieder (1984, ‘Der Osten Ist Rot’)

Holger Czukay - Hey Baba Reebop (1987, ‘Rome Remains Rome)

Holger Czukay - Hit Hit Flop Flop (1987, ‘Rome Remains Rome’)


CD5 / LP5

Holger Czukay - Perfect World (1987, ‘Rome Remains Rome’)

Holger Czukay - Music In The Air (1987, ‘Rome Remains Rome’)

Holger Czukay - Ride A Radiowave (1991, ‘Radio Wave Surfer’)

Holger Czukay - We Can Fight All Night (1991, ‘Radio Wave Surfer’)

Holger Czukay - Through The Freezing Snow (1991, ‘Radio Wave Surfer’)

Holger Czukay w/ Karlheinz Stockhausen - Breath Taking (2008, ‘Second Life’, previously unreleased)

Holger Czukay & U-She - La Premiere (2008, ‘Second Life’)

Holger Czukay / Ursa Major - 21st Century (2007, ‘21st Century’)

Bison (Czukay/Murphy/Smith) - Mandy (2004, ‘Travellers’)



‘Krieg der Töne’ (‘War Of The Sounds’)