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Friday, October 29, 2010

Astrosound - Welcome Back In Space (GER 2010)

ASTROSOUND is one of the many projects of German neo-krautrockers STOLLE AND MEMBER (in this case: Member), that is featured on http://emptyblaukraut.blogspot.com/.
On their blog you'll find many of their different bands and projects (all free to download) dedicated to the exploration of various forms of krautrock – from free-form-freak-out-improvisations to electronic space drones and any other style loosely associated with the term "krautrock".

STOLLE AND MEMBER are also featured on the 2nd HLFP-Sampler EMBRYO THOUGHTS, and any track from this ASTROSOUND release would surly not have been out of place on the recent HLFP-Sampler SPACE IS STILL THE PLACE.
A visit to their blog is strongly recommended!

Q: Where exactly are you from?
A: We are from Frankfurt/M Germany
Q: Do you want your real names mentioned? If so: What are your real names?
A: We are Heiko, Thomas & Member, that is reality enough ....
Q: Who involved? Who played what?
A: Heiko played Analog Synths & Drum Machines, Samples, Effects, Guitar and Voice,
Thomas played Guitar, massive various Effect Units and Voice,
Member played Analog Synths & Drum Machines, Organ, Melodica, Effects, Bass and Voice
Q: How recorded?
A: This Session was recorded on 8 Tracks via Zoom R16. Everyone Got 2 Tracks + 2 Tracks Room Sound (!) It's a spontaneous & improvised Live Session, just first takes, no overdubs. Original it was three long tracks. I mixed them and editet them into 12 pieces ...
Q: When recorded?
A: 2.9.2010 (= September 9th 2010)
Q: What's your favourite track on the album? Why?
A: Favourite Track??? Don't know... I like "In Space" because it's a short piece with nice melodica, and I like "Wir Fliegen Los" because it represents the Astrosound very well.
Q: Any more releases?
A: There is some more music of Astrosound on
and there is some music from Amphibius (Member & Thomas) on
Q: Since when does this band/project exist?
A: This Project existed from 1997 to 2000. This Trio Incarnation existed only in the Beginning in 1997. This is a Reunion Session. We want to make some more Sessions and a few gigs and then we will see if anything more will happen ...
Q: Any previous/other bands worth mentioning?
A: I met Heiko during my late times with the experimental music project "Lay De Fear". During this time I was heavily infected with electronic music and got a huge fascination to old analog synthesizers and drum machines, also in these times I slowly got infected by the TECHNO Virus and wanted to make some live Techno with old electronic equipment. I met Heiko, who was a Blues Guitar Player in these times and he had something similar in mind. In 1997 we got our first real analog synthesizers and immediately we started Astrosound together with Thomas, a friend of Heiko. Thomas, at this time got some health proplems - he could not play in smoke filled rooms and spaces there people did drugs, but Heiko and me want to play at raves, in techno clubs and parties – a drug influenced scene at that time and so Thomas quitt his job in the end of 1997 and me and Heiko did Astrosound as a duo for some time.
Q: How'd you "label" your music? (I know... nobody wants to get labeled... bla bla bla...)
A: We are too spaced out, to call our music techno, it's electronic SPACE music, very psychedelic ...
Q: What is "psychedelic music" for you?
A: Music that expands your (my) mind, the most music that is labeled "psychedelic" didn't expand my mind, but some music nobody declares as psychedelic can expand my mind. It depends on your experience and your point of view.
Q: What is your all time favourite psychedelic record?
A: CAN - Tago Mago
Q: Influences?
A: CAN, very early Popol Vuh, very early Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Cosmic Jokers, Air Liquide, E.A.R., Infinity Project, Hawkwind, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Six Organs Of Admittance ...
Q: Website, Myspace?
Q: The last five records you bought/downloaded?
A: Grinderman 2
MV & EE - Bollywoe
Islaja - Keraaminen Pää
Kemialliset Ystävät - Ullakkopalo
Antony and the Johnsons - Swanlights
Q: Anything that you think is interesting, that you'd like to inform the blog readers about ...
A: Luv & Peace to everyone ... and if you got into it stay tuned on emptyblaukraut and come when we play live ....
(Interview with Member via email)

Favourite track: Welcome

ASTROSOUND: Welcome Back In Space
(GER 2010)
(mp3-zip, 12 tracks, 157 min, 363 MB, artwork incl.)
Get it here or here!

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