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Czukay studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen from 1963 to 1966 and co-founded the influential rock group Can in 1968. Czukay played bass guitar and performed most of the recording and engineering for the group. Czukay recorded some important early ambient / progressive electronic albums, and is important for his utilization of shortwave radio sounds, sampling... He released his first solo album "Canaxis" in 1968. It marks a new step in the development of experimental electronic music & "ethno" rock, notably by the use of "sampling" and a traditional Vietnam voice. After his departure from Can in 1977, Czukay participated to many collaborations with jah wobble, the edge, eurythmics, david sylvian, conny plank, eno, phew... For krautrockers the most memorable albums with guests are "RastakrautPasta" & "Materia" (with Moebius and Plank). In 1979 Czukay published his project "movies", described as a good following of what he has done with Can (including a large use of different keyboards for hilarous, complex & extravagant songs). In 1981, he recorded "On the way to the peak of normal", an eclectic experimental rock album made of a spontaneous session involving the musicians of S.Y.P.H. (Uwe Jahnke, Ulli Putsch, Jürgen Wolter, Harry Rag) and two radios. These albums have been produced at Conny Plank's studio. During the mid- eighties until today numerous albums have been published for Virgin, notably "Rome remains Rome" , "Radio Wave Surfer", "Flux + Mutability" . One of his classic; "Moving pictures" (an album of virtual film music; timeless and organic) was reissued a few years ago on SPV. Czukay has recently recorded "Luna" which provides a floating, "ambient" and unconventional experience with the help of a wide variety of electronic process and patterns.

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3.88 | 29 ratings
Canaxis
1969
3.75 | 28 ratings
Movies
1979
3.96 | 18 ratings
On The Way To The Peak Of Normal
1981
3.85 | 10 ratings
Full Circle
1982
3.00 | 4 ratings
Der Osten Ist Rot
1984
3.04 | 11 ratings
Rome Remains Rome
1986
3.44 | 5 ratings
Radio Wave Surfer
1988
3.85 | 8 ratings
Moving Pictures
1993
3.00 | 4 ratings
Good Morning Story
1999
2.49 | 5 ratings
La Luna
2000
2.95 | 3 ratings
Linear City
2001
3.03 | 4 ratings
The New Millennium (with U-She)
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
21st Century
2007

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Time And Tide (with U-She)
2001

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2.22 | 4 ratings
Rome Remains Rome And Excerpts From Der Osten Ist Rot
1987

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 The New Millennium (with U-She) by CZUKAY, HOLGER album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.03 | 4 ratings

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The New Millennium (with U-She)
Holger Czukay Krautrock

Review by admireArt

3 stars If all nightlife music were like this!

Holger Czukay's, 2003, album "The New Millennium (with U-She)", had the luck of appearing in PA, due to Czukay's pioneering in the early Krautrock scene (co-founder of CAN). But most of these songs fit the electronic dance floor scene rather than the average prog/electronics's or Krautrock's audiophile expectations, less the other 90% of the Prog's bunch!

But I myself am glad because it is so un-prog, yet experimental and intelligent all the way through. And mainly because this kind of techno-trance/dance, electronic music found its way on such a "sacred Prog land" !

Anyway, the songwriting besides being in its majority danceable, does not subdue itself to be or become "mainstream". The experimental and humorous Krautrock tones, save each song of becoming a self-parody of the dance floor scene or the 80's one. Opposite to that, it becomes the kind of "perfect world" nightlife music for "lost" proggers.

The real deal is having taken the best of the 80's sexy dance sounds (U-She's vocals take care of this), bringing them to the 21st century's refinement, transmuting them into something less cliched and fresher, and adding really cool contemporary experimental dance/trance-electronics and stylings, and still be intelligent in its songwriting and never condescending to its own roots.

Going by the book ***3 PA stars, but I am gonna keep this one!

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 Canaxis by CZUKAY, HOLGER album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.88 | 29 ratings

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Canaxis
Holger Czukay Krautrock

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Weaver of sound

With sites like bandcamp and reverbnation the musical world is currently overflowing with DIY artists making music out of their bedroom. It's a real jungle out there, and if people used to say things like "There's no way in hell you'll ever be able to embrace all of the good music out there" - then take this statement and multiply it by infinity and 4 apples, and you will have a pretty good idea of the current amalgamation of material being thrown out there in the vastness of the internet.

One could say that Holger Czukay was the original bedroom artist. His debut album Canaxis is entirely made up of tapes, radio segments, loops, stagnant floating electronics, cut and paste methods as well as those unique minimalist bass grooves of his. Just remember that this thing came out in 1969, well before the times of computers and editing programs. He had to make all the different sounds first, before he could get along with his monumentally huge scissors adventure.

Anyway, you wouldn't know any of that just by listening to this album. It feels like it was dreamed up by a wide variety of artists. all attuned into Holger's big vision. Take the strangely alluring Vietnamese female vocals of the first cut Boat-Women Song for instance(How's that for a title eh!). Lifted off some kind of short wave radio broadcast, it still feels like two street vendors from the heart of Saigon dropped by the studio to sing their song of woe.

Then you've got the Japanese and native Australian influences as well - colouring Canaxis in a weird, yet highly seductive ethnic sheen, that takes the listener through paradoxical worlds of colour and made up cultures - most likely only existing in the prodigal mind of Holger. Sure one Rolf Dammers is additionally credited for his editing skills, but there's no getting around who's the real head honcho here.

If you're approaching the album from a CAN fan's point of view, then you'd better prepare for a rude wake up call. This is a far cry from anything featured in their catalogue. Maybe apart from the sombre and plodding tempi of the bass lines, there's almost nothing hearkening back to the maestros of monotonous rock.

While the first track settles into this dreamy soundscape with what seems like effervescent pools of synthesised sound, the moods change for the more treacherous when the title track comes in with it's electrified feathered beaky shimmers. Probably meant as an anthem for storks, it suddenly gets hijacked by a delirious monk who weaves around in unorthodox vocal patterns - sounding eerily close to that of the altered Phrygian scales you encounter in the middle east.

Canaxis is all about bending reality. Contorting sounds and moods in order to conjure up something far away from the traditional musics of the world. It feels like a celebration of a thousand cultures all wrapped up into one metaphysical melting pot of writhing skewed tapestries. Before diving into this adventurous record, we'd all be better off thinking of Holger as an intricate weaver of sound. A great big magician with sonic fabrics. 4.5 stars.

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 Movies by CZUKAY, HOLGER album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.75 | 28 ratings

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Movies
Holger Czukay Krautrock

Review by stefro
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5 stars An extraordinary and virtually unclassifiable piece of work, the second solo effort from Can bassist-and-founder Holger Czukay positively brims with technical assurance and a luminous, multi-genre vibrancy rarely found in modern popular music. Essentially a mixture of samples and beats combined with a world fusion aesthetic, much studio fiddling and a genial dash of welcome humour, 'Movies' proves a spectacular fusion of stylesa nd arguably the key work of its creator. Already partly-responsible for creating some of the most original and brilliant music of modern times during his time with Can, 'Movies' was actually Czukay's second solo effort, coming a full decade after 'Canaxis', his bizarre and occasionally beautiful debut from 1969. Whilst that album - which was also pieced together from various scraps of samples and radio recordings - proved a somewhat difficult listen, 'Movies' is anything but. Humorous, catchy and utterly fascinating, this the kind of album that showcases the right kind of curious experimentation, with Czukay leading the listener through a merry dance of sounds, textures and styles without ever forgetting the key rock music ingredients. Featuring four tracks - including the seminal ethnic electro-swirl of 'Persian Love' - 'Movies' is that rare beast: an album that truly lives up to all the hype. Outstanding. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2013

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 Movies by CZUKAY, HOLGER album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.75 | 28 ratings

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Movies
Holger Czukay Krautrock

Review by Dayvenkirq

5 stars Oh, my God, this is Heaven, which has nothing to do with 7-11. This is a 4.5 kind of deal, but five stars is just as fair, especially since I don't see my calculator having a 3 in the integer part.

So, basically, we have this veteran bass guitarist/sound painter and a bunch of guys who altogether constituted a legendary experimental-jazz-avantgarde group Can. A year later the group dissipated. Then, the bassist Holger Czukay got the hang of the mid-Eastern music that used to play on his radio. What a crazy idea it is - to come up with tasty tracks that could function as soundtracks to those mid-Eastern movies. Here you have catchy songs with mind-blowing vocal performances that otherwise wouldn't work if they were just standing alone. You also have instrumental tracks that are really fun and loaded with decent melodies and textures. If you are not tired of insane, virtuous, eclectic, and innovative proggy material, get this album before it's sold out (unless you are one of those people who downloads stuff) and hear it when the mood is right. I hope you will thank me later.

1. 'Cool in the Pool' - *****

2. 'Oh, Lord, Give Us More Money' - ****

3. 'Persian Love' - *****

4. 'Hollywood Symphony' - ****

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 Movies by CZUKAY, HOLGER album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.75 | 28 ratings

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Movies
Holger Czukay Krautrock

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars A sprightly and bouncy little album by 'Can' front-man Holger Czukay. One thing you certainly can't call this is minimal. 'Movies' is jam packed with early sampling techniques, some Holger vocals, a very 'Can' like bass and multiple guitar sounds provided by Michael Karoli.

This is the most 'Can' sounding of all the solo efforts by the legendary band. 'Cool in the Pool' is quite eccentric and funky, but sounds really odd with vocals that are occasionally sped up where Czukay sounds like a garden gnome on speed.

'Movies' is a colourful album with a lot going on and is very well recorded, hitting off that most difficult of tasks - making everything sound controlled and spacious amidst the variety of sounds thrust in your face.

On the down side many may find it a bit lame with a lack of tension after hearing the wild approach that 'Can' held in the early 70's. However, this is made up for with his multiple radio snippets and continually morphing non linear background effects. There's an array of eclectic sounds that just pop up out of the blue for a few seconds before disappearing for good. It's this kind of approach that makes me return to this album again and again.

A good 'sunny' album that is really quite uplifting, sometimes disjointed, but unusual at the same time.

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 Full Circle by CZUKAY, HOLGER album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.85 | 10 ratings

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Full Circle
Holger Czukay Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars After enjoying Holger's 1969 album "Canaxis" I was hungry for more. The CAN bass player and technical wizard has come up with another excellent release in this 1982 album called "Full Circle". It might surprise some that such an accomplished bass player doesn't even play bass on his own album but Holger is all about painting pictures with sound here, although he does play guitar, organ, piano, percussion and French horn. He brought in Jah Wobble to play bass. Man why couldn't that be my name (haha). Also Holger brought in his old CAN band-mate and rhythm partner Jaki Liebezeit who plays not only drums but trumpet.

"How Much Are They ?" opens with vocals and a beat right off of the hop. Synth and bass joins in when the vocals stop. Catchy stuff. French horn and piano later. Dual spoken words follow. "Where's The Money ?" has these almost spoken vocals with a beat. Cool song.

"Full Circle R.P.S.(No.7)" features guitar, drums and again almist spoken vocals. There's background sounds too adding depth.The vocals stop as the music continues. Vocals are back as they come and go. We get trumpet as well on this one. "Mystery R.P.S. (No.8)" opens with atmosphere and you can hear footsteps. Bass then almost spoken vocals follow then percussion and guitar. This is fairly dark. "Trench Warfare" builds and is very psychedelic. French horn after 3 minutes and some freaky sounds after 5 minutes. "Twilight World" might be my favourite tune on here. This is catchy with a beat,organ and vocals standing out.

A very good album but I still prefer "Canxis" for it's exotic and mysterious vibe. A solid 4 stars.

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 Movies by CZUKAY, HOLGER album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.75 | 28 ratings

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Holger Czukay Krautrock

Review by dr.oblivion

4 stars This is a very good krautrock-experimental album with a strong use of electronics. All familiar with Can's discography may notice some similarities (Schmidt and Karoli are involved here), but it's not dominant and here is a unique work. Moments from Future days album, or "Animal Waves" song from the album Saw Delight might be the guidelines here. After the first song (wacky pop song), which in atmosphere somewhat stands out from the rest of the album, things get more serious. The album is filled with excellent guitar work and intense waves of synthesizers to the very end with the use of other effects, and some world music touches. "Oh Lord give us more money" is perhaps Czukay's best song and one of best songs of the whole genre. So, what else to say about this album other than ENJOY!

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 Canaxis by CZUKAY, HOLGER album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.88 | 29 ratings

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Holger Czukay Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars First off i'd suggest you read Syzygy's review because I learned more from reading that than I did reading the detailed liner notes that came with this cd. Holger Czukay is more well known as being part of the legendary German band CAN but even before that band came together Holger was into this experimental music and was way ahead of his time in this field. He had this fascination with recording snippets from the short wave radio and experimenting with sounds in general. He believes that music has to do with the mind and is therefore an artificial language."He dares to seek new forms of expression with an almost naive eagerness, combining pioneering media with long since outdated technologies". This was recorded in 1968 in a studio and at his home, and was originally privately released in 1969.

This first track "Boat Women Song" will make it or break it for many. It's those female Vietnamese vocal melodies that are fairly mournful, and they are anything but pretty. Of course given the title of this track they fit perfectly.The song opens with female and male vocal melodies that fade quickly but the male continues. She's back though and another female singer helps out.The male vocals continue but they are faint. What's interesting is that the male vocal melodies sound really good in contrast to the female vocal expressions that don't.The females stop but then they're back singing together in this high pitched annoying style. Hey they want off the boat. They start to fade out then the male vocal melodies return after 11 minutes. Cool. It turns spacey and atmospheric late. A very innovative track. "Canaxis" is spacey with twitters and tweaks then we get some male vocal melodies before 3 1/2 minutes. He stops before 7 minutes as it turns darker.The male vocal melodies are back before 10 minutes as it continues to be dark and spacey. An ethnic acoustic instrument of some sort comes in before 11 1/2 minutes replacing the vocal melodies.They stop as it continues spacey.The sound slowly fades as we get closer to the end of the track.

This is listed under Krautrock but this is essential for you fans of Electronic-Prog. A must for your collection in fact considering the year it was recorded.

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 The New Millennium (with U-She) by CZUKAY, HOLGER album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.03 | 4 ratings

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The New Millennium (with U-She)
Holger Czukay Krautrock

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Holger Czukay, legend and co-founder of Can, is known for years by his experiments with electronic music, rhythms,atmospheres and world music. This album is quite accessible example of intelligent electronics with vocals.

All album's atmosphere is very airy,spacey and ambient. Holger plays all instruments himself, and it's obviously different electronic devices. Usually I hate drum machines, but there is a rare example when electronic drumming is so complex and interesting, that it doesn't destroy music, even opposite - in big part this music is based on spacey,complex electronic rhythms. Possibly, the reason is Holger uses rhythms as jazz musician, playing with sounds.

The only other artist presented on this album is singer U-She. Her vocals are influenced by Mother Gong, Bjork and Nico between others. Dreamy,psychedelic,spacey,freaky - all in one.

All album sounds similar to Bjork most electronic works, but with more experimental using of electronic rhythms and minimalistic sound. Really interesting work for fans of accessible experimental electronics,IDM, intellectual trip-hop,etc.

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 Movies by CZUKAY, HOLGER album cover Studio Album, 1979
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Holger Czukay Krautrock

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars On Hoger Czukay's solo albums you can hear the elements that he brought to Can. With his departure, most of the interesting embellishments seemed to vanish from their recordings. this was Czukay's first album after leaving the group, and the Can sound is still quite evident (it helps that Jaki Liebezeit plays drums throughout and Michael Karoli and Irmin Schmidt play on Oh Lord Give Us more Money.

Cool In The Pool would almost be pop, if it wasn't for all of the odd sounds Czukay throws in. The above mentioned Oh Lord Give Us more Money is a spacy little piece. Persian Love is a pleasant little song that manages to mix Middle Eastern themes with what sounds like a Carribean inspired guitar. And Hollywood Symphony is a laid back but typically weird groovy song.

So if you're a Canatic, I'd recommend this album

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