2CD set, compiling the work of CAN founder Irmin Schmidt’ssolo and soundtrack work, including two unreleased Can remixes and a collection of soundtrack pieces personally compiled by long-term collaborator Wim Wenders.
CD1 is a compilation of Irmin Schmidt’s extensive work as a solo artist over the past 30 years, whilst CD2 - selected and presented by the filmmaker Wim Wenders - is an insight into Schmidt's vast work as a composer for film and television for which Wenders has written extensive sleeve notes.
The two CD compilation includes tracks such as Villa Wunderbar, Kick On The Floods and Bohemian Step, alongside unreleased remixes by Schmidt of two Can tracks, Alice and Last Night Sleep and an unreleased extract from La Fermosa, a ballet by Youri Vàmos, entitled Bêtes De Passage.
After an extensive classical education as pianist, conductor and composer, Irmin Schmidt – who studied under Stockhausen and Ligeti - established CAN in the late 60s combining classic new music with rock and jazz. The band’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance - from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West (who sampled ‘Sing Swan Song’) and Radiohead - as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.
After CAN disbanded in the late 70s, Irmin Schmidt returned to his work as a solo artist and the result is a vast oeuvre, which includes a series of solo albums (Toy Planet (1981), Musk At Dusk (1987), Impossible Holidays (1991)), an opera (Gormenghast (2000) based on the Mervyn Peak trilogy), several releases with English composer Kumo (Masters Of Confusion (2001), Axolotl Eyes (2008), Flies, Guys & Choirs (2008)and Cyclopean EP (2013)), a ballet (La Fermosa by Youri Vàmos) and over 100 film scores (Snowland, 2005 dir Hans W. Geissendörfer, Palermo Shooting, 2008, dir Wim Wenders), amongst others).
Schmidt's sound-trips combine what normally competes and conflicts: rock, pop, jazz, classic, electronic, ambient, drum 'n’ bass, waltz, eastern ... He is a musical alchemist.
CD 1 - Solo Work:
Straw in Sky
On The Floods
Song - Rainbow Party
CD 2 - Soundtracks:
(Dream Theme IV)
& Finale (Flavia Theme III & IV)
Erde (Titel Musik)
Geht Ein Schnitter
Tage Abend Walzer
19. Last Night Sleep - Remix