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Holger Czukay & Rolf Dammers - Canaxis 1969 (1998)


Can member and bassman Holger Czukay teamed up with producer Rolf Dammers a few months after the forming of that influential group to record a solo album, focusing on a hybrid of ambient soundspaces, musicological sampling, and a sort of Steve Reich-like loop system. "Boat-Woman-Song" means to preserve the traditional singing of two Vietnamese peasants, and depending on your view of their singing, will either be beautiful or discordant; it certainly isn't ambient you can put on and ignore. The second half manipulates their voices using tape speed and various effects, while layering on some strings. "Canaxis" plays with the sounds of bells and bell-like sounds harking back to the sonic experiments of Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky, on top of which can be heard more ethnic singing. (allmusic)


A few months after the foundation of Can Holger Czukay recorded his first solo-album Canaxis. The music has its origins in different parts of the world. It was arranged with the intuition of exploring and preserving the genuine character and beauty in an ambient context. Here for the first time Czukay employed the idea of 'sampling'. For this release Boat-Woman Song and Canaxis were remixed from the original 1968-tapes. The additional Mellow Out was his first piece of music performed for an audience in 1960 on theGerman radio. Straight from the broadcast the piece was cut onto vinyl by a small recording studio. Four units for the bandmembers only!

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