In the flat he had a Minimoog, a primitive sequencer, an 8-track reel-to-reel recorder, and a lot of time alone. Over the course of several weeks, Grosskopf wrote and recorded the material that wound up on Synthesist, which was eventually released on the venerable Hamburg-based kosmische imprint Sky. RVNG has reissued the album, which is held in high esteem among early synth enthusiasts but is not widely known, along with an additional disc of re-workings by some of the record's admirers Oneohtrix Point Never, James Ferraro, Arp, etc. Between the original record and the new versions, Synthesist offers an endlessly listenable introduction to Grosskopf's music that also serves a fascinating window into the sound of a specific time and place.
Berlin, Germany, summer ofHarald Grosskopf, then 30 years old, was at a personal and creative crossroads. Harald always considered himself a rhythmic accomplice to his numerous collaborators' lead, until prompted by some fellow musician friends to pursue a singular creative vision.
Armed with a MiniMoog and Revox reel-to-reel, Grosskopf set off for the West German countryside that fall and isolated himself in a home studio for almost two months to record Synthesist.
The temperamental analog synthesizer and sequencing technology created a long learning curve eventually resulting in a harmonious union of man and machine. The human response undeniably colors the eight songs of Synthesist and aligns the album with some of the more melodic output of the Berlin School of Electronic Music.
The title track and "Transcendental Overdrive" almost take on pop qualities. Harald's live percussion opens up tracks like "So Weit, So Gut" and "Emphasis" for jammed out exploration.
Where the album veers into the ambient space clusters of "B. These stylistic and thematic elements of Synthesist have echoed throughout electronic and avant music since the album's release.
Although Synthesist has been unavailable on vinyl for almost three decades, it doesn't fetch unfathomable collector fees. Selecting Synthesist as our first reissue is more about the connectivity to a new audience than the scarcity fetish for a select few.
It's about sharing Harald's story and celebrating an album musically accomplished and compelling from start to end.
The Synthesist LP comes as a deluxe package on post-consumer recycled goods, including a unique reverse bound record jacket and full color liner notes by Harald Grosskopf in English and German.
The Re-Synthesist compilation is only available with vinyl purchase, both available digitally through our usual storefront suspects.Feb 24, · Born in Hildesheim - Germany - on October 23rd , Harald Grosskopf is one of the most active musicians of his generation.
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label will reissue Harald Grosskopf’s Synthesist, a cult classic of German electronic music, on February 16, Synthesist is the debut solo album by Harald Grosskopf, the enigmatic percussionist behind Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze, and Cosmic Jokers.
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Harald Grosskopf's Synthesist Gets Deluxe Reissue with the Help of CFCF, Oneohtrix Point Never, Stellar Om Source. After time spent as a percussionist with Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze and.