here a little back story:
Back in 2002 when Alex Gloor moved back to Basel/Switzerland from New York,
he played a friend of his the Schaltkreis Wassermann LP PSYCHOTRON from 1982 with the Daniele Baldelli/Bepe Loda cosmic classic LUX. To Alex's surprise his friend knew PJ Wassermann, had his phone number and he lived near Basel, so Alex and PJ became friends & over the next 14 years stayed in close contact and worked on different project together. 2016 PJ was urged by his girlfriend to finally clean up is messy attic, which he did under protest, and to everybody's surprise found (forgotten) recordings from his legendary LSD sessions from 1981, master tapes with live recordings of synth noodling created on many weekend “LSD Trips” recorded on a Studer A807 Reel to Reel tape machine.
Perfect material for remixes we thought!
So we got a few different producers to work with the material and come up with new tracks rather then just remixing an old release.
Schaltkreis Wassermann was a pioneer group of electronic music. Founded in 1979 by Stella & PJ Wassermann (who also work together on several other projects) Schaltkreis Wassermann featured a minimalistic approach that was dictated by the available means:
* ARP 2600 syntheseizer,
* ARP Avatar guitar synthesizer
* Roland 100M modular synthesizer
* Sequential Circuits Prophet V synthesizer, all kept together by the
* Roland MicroComposer MC4 that was capable of playing four simultaneous monophonic synths.
Tape recording was done with a TEAC 4track and later with an Otari 8track tape machine.
It was a great and very psychedelic time. Stella & PJ spent days, weeks and months in their studio exploring sound and consciousness resulting in PSYCHOTRON, a ground breaking album in 1981 showcasing a lot of what was to become mainstream in electronic music, techno, psyTrance and even pop music. PSYCHOTRON was sold all over the world as a vinyl album and made it to number 7 of the British synthesizer charts in "Melody Maker".
Today the vinyl album PSYCHOTRON is a much sought after collector's item. And Schaltkreis Wassermann are back on stage...
released March 14, 2017
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