Krach|kisten|Orchestra / [kaˈkaːo]
19 square boxes, reminding of guitar-amps in Piet Mondrian Style, two legs below each one, arms on each side and a head sticking out above the box.
The Krachkisten Orchestra consists of 19 homemade analog-instruments and roughly 22 musicians. Founded in 2009 the ensemble is constantly growing and searching for non-musicians or dilatants and monophonic sounds.
The instruments were inspired by Luigi Russolo and his invention of Intonarumori over a 100 years ago. Like their counterparts, each box got it’s own specific sound which can be modified via knobs and buttons. The sound of the produced music switches between noise, polka, electro stuff and hip hop and is always a result of improvisation. Musicality is not a condition for acceptance, you just need two working index fingers and a jogging suit.
Normal Brain – Lady Maid (1981)
WRWTFWW Records is immensely happy to announce the reissue of impossible-to-find cult album Lady Maid by Japanese outfit Normal Brain, available on vinyl, digipack CD, cassette, and digital, with liner notes by acclaimed sound artist and mastermind behind the project, Yukio Fujimoto.
Originally released in 1981 as a limited vinyl pressing of 300 copies on Agi Yuzuru’s fabled experimental label Vanity Records (R.N.A. Organism, Dada, Sympathy Nervous, Tolerance…), Lady Maid is a testament to the creativity of the early 80s’ Japanese electronic and experimental scene, encapsulating a prolific era when audio gear became affordable for musicians to explore sounds in the comfort of their home, free from studio time pressure and major label rules.
Entirely imagined and brought to life by an inspired Yukio Fujimoto, the 6-track opus was conceived with a Korg MS-20, a Korg SQ-10, a Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-55, and…a Texas Instruments Speak & Spell! It’s elegantly minimalist, honest and witty, very playful, cleverly pop, and downright fascinating. The a-side captures the fun side of avant-garde electronica, lo-fi wave, proto-glitch, and IDM, a joyful ride beautifully interrupted by the cinematic mood switch of the b-side – a 20 minute ambient piece flirting with sci-fi, melancholy, and hints of metallic darkness. Unclassifiable and marvelous!
Juste avant la nuit
Just Before Nightfall (French: Juste avant la nuit) is a 1971 film written and directed by Claude Chabrol.
Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games goes too far…
Jean-François Boudoir – Croire pour débutants
*Ich glaub ich glaub.
Johann Sebastian Bach – Toccata D Moll (Albrecht Koch an der Silbermann)
Requiem in D Minor – K.626 I. Introitus
Nisi Dominus RV 608 (Cum dederit) – Antonio Vivaldi – Soprano Sandrine Piau
Stabat Mater in F Minor D.383 No.1 (excerpt)
Vivaldi Organ Concerto BWV 596
Johann Sebastian Bach – So ist mein Jesu
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski – Hymn of the Cherubim
Claude Debussy – Arabesque No.2
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Der 114. Psalm
Gabriel Fauré – Nocturne no 6 en rè bèmol maje
Hélène Grimaud – Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 2.Adagio
Maurice Ravel – Miroirs iii (Une Barque sur l’ocean)
Johann Sebastian Bach – Magnifikat in D BWV 243 (second version iii, quia respexit humilitatem soprano)
Sergei Wassiljewitsch Rachmaninow – Prelude transcription by Marina Tchebourkina
Jehan Alain – 2. Fantasie
Glenn Gould – Beethoven Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor op. 31
Franz Schubert – Piano Sonata D.960
Sergei Wassiljewitsch Rachmaninow – Prelude in g minor
Early 1930s ryūkōka recordings from Japanese geisha Kouta Katsutaro.
Emerging during the early stages of the recording industry in Japan, the ryūkōka style adopted some western classical, blues & jazz elements into traditional Min’yō folk music. Kouta Katsutaro would become one of it’s most popular proponents, and along with another popular geisha singer, Ichimaru, forms the basis of a period dubbed the “Katsu-Ichi Era”.