Holger Czukay

Canaxis

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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.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 17:26
2 19:37
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