Sunday, 9 August 2015

KOSMISCHER LÄUFER























"Secret cosmic music of the East German olympic program 1972-83 - volume 1"
Year:    2013
Country:    Germany
City:   Berlin
Label:    Unknown Capability
Format:    LP
Edition:    500 copies
Tracks:    5
Time:    33 min.
Genre:    electronic , rock
Style:             Krautrock               Ambient














For the first time since it was recorded in East Berlin over 30 years ago the music of Martin Zeichnete can finally be heard. A disciple of the Kosmische Muzik of the likes of Kraftwerk, Can and Neu! he heard drifting across the Wall from the West, Martin's idea of using the motorik, hypnotic beat of krautrock in the training of athletes was taken and exploited by the DDR's state run Olympic Committee. Unable to obtain a licence to play his own music Martin embarked on what he called a decade long 'invisible career' with East Germany's athletic elite his only audience. Mixing electronics with live instruments Martin produced an incredible range of work including music for warmups, running, 'ambient' music to be played in gyms and pieces for artistic gymnastics. The committee called this program State Plan 14.84L, Martin and his fellow musicians called it 'Projekt Kosmischer Läufer' (Cosmic Runner). Beginning with Volume 1, a program for a 5 kilometre run, Unknown Capability Recordings will bring Martin Zeichnete's vision to the world at last.
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OSTALGIE : is a german term referring to nostalgia for aspects of life in East Germany. It is a portmanteau of the German words Nostalgie (nostalgia) and Ost (east). The term Ostalgie (along with the phrase "soviet chic") is also occasionally used to refer to nostalgia for life under the socialist system in other former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Soviet Union.
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"The secret cosmic music of the East German olympic program 1972-83 - Volume 2"
Year:    2014
Country:    Germany
City:   Berlin
Label:    Unknown Capability Records
Format:    LP
Edition:    500 copies
Tracks:    5
Time:    33 min.
Genre:    electronic , rock
Style:             Krautrock               Ambient














This second selection takes a broader look at the scope of Martin Zeichnete's secret work for the East German Olympic Program. From the running track to the gymnastic floor to the ice arena Volume Two includes music from the very early years of the project up to one of the final pieces recorded in 1983. Tracks 1-4 172BPM Running Program. Tracks 5-8 Gymnastic Floor Exercise. Tracks 9-10 Figure Skating Long Program.
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"The secret cosmic music of the east german olympic program 1972-83 Volume 3"
Year:    2015
Country:    Germany
City:    Berlin
Label:     Unknown Capability
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    33 min.
Genre:    rock , electronic
Style:           Krautrock          Ambient














NOTES : This third collection of Martin Zeichnete's secret work for the DDR's athletic elite comes in two parts. First, a running program (Tracks 1-3) at 164BPM finds Zeichnete at his most hypnotic, particularly on the motorik, rolling 'Jenseits Des Horizonts'. This set ends with the elegiac 'Für Seelenbinder', a song dedicated to Olympic wrestler and communist hero Werner Seelenbinder. Particularly exciting is the second part (Tracks 4-10), a soundtrack to a lost animated film UCR obtained only a few months ago. In the spring of 1976 Zeichnete learnt that the NOK der DDR hoped to launch a bid to bring the 1984 Summer Games to East Berlin. Excited, he returned to DEFA in Dresden where he and an animator colleague conceived ‘Traum Von Der Goldenen Zukunft’ (Dream Of The Golden Future), a 20-minute cartoon they hoped could be used to promote the bid. An inspired Zeichnete composed the music in a week. The bid and thus the film were abandoned and the music was cast aside where it lay hidden and forgotten. Until now.
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