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KOZMONAUT-Flieg-'80s Experimental, Minimal,Darkwave-NEW LP

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KOZMONAUT-Flieg-'80s Experimental, Minimal,Darkwave-NEW LP

KOZMONAUT

Flieg
MENTAL EXPERIENCE / LP
SECTION: ELECTRONIC, AMBIENT > ELECTRONIC, AMBIENT
Cat. No. : MENT012
Ultra rare D.I.Y minimal / synth–pop / industrial / darkwave album from 1986!

Kozmonaut ‎– Flieg
Label:
Mental Experience ‎– MENT012
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country:
Spain
Released:
15 Jun 2017
Genre:
Electronic
Style:
Industrial, Electro, Experimental, Minimal, Darkwave


Tracklist
A1     The Man (English Version)     6:15
A2     Flieg     5:50
A3     Tidal Meditation     5:45
B1     Die Stimme Aus Dem Universum     1:45
B2     Arabische Nacht     5:30
B3     Ein Kleiner Walzer     4:05
B4     Lieben Ist     5:27
B5     Parademarsch     1:15
Credits

    Arranged By, Performer, Producer, Vocals, Written-By – Hans Schiller

Notes
Original artwork with spelling mistakes corrected.
Includes insert with liner notes.

Comes with digital download coupon.

Kozmonaut was the personal project of a young & talented Canadian musician called Michael Gutierrez, who moved to San Francisco in the early 80s. Influenced by Kraftwerk and German culture / electronic music, Michael recorded the "Flieg" album all by himself at his garage studio, using the pseudonym of "Hans Schiller".

1000 copies were pressed on his own label, Vier Productions Inc, but they were never distributed or sold at the time, with virtually the entire pressing being discarded, as Michael, a perfectionist, was not satisfied with the spelling mistakes on the cover, among other things. In 1989, Michael, along with Pieter Ziegelmeier, formed the famous industrial / electronic band Kode IV.

Sadly, Michael contracted AIDS and passed away in 1994. All the contents of his garage (tapes, albums, synths and recording equipment) were sold for cheap or ended up in the street.

Fast forward to 2010: An adventurous record hunter (Christian Peintner) finds a copy of the "Flieg" album at a thrift shop in San Francisco. At first, he thinks it’s a German album but after some investigation, he discovers the name of Michael Gutierrez which leads him to Kode IV and then to Peter Ziegelmeier. He visits Peter who tells him the real story of Michael Gutierrez aka Hans Schiller and Kozmonaut.

Listening to it now, "Flieg" is an excellent album, a crossover of a wide range of styles from early Industrial (paving the way for Michael’s later sounds with Kode IV), to Synth–Pop, Experimental Electronics, and Dark Wave. Michael uses the vocoder very effectively and in one of the songs, "Tidal Meditation", he recorded the Golden Gate Bridge fog horn to use it as a sample.

Original artwork with spelling mistakes corrected.

Insert with liner notes

Free digital download coupon.

Tracklist:
Side A: 1. The Man (English Version) – 2. Flieg – 3. Tidal Meditation
Side B: 1. Die Stimme aus dem Universum – 2. Arabische Nacht – 3. Ein Kleiner Walzer – 4. Lieben ist – 5. Parademarsch.

 

Hans Schiller (real name: Michael Gutierrez) moved from a small providence in Canada to San Francisco due to his sexual orientation. He was fascinated with electronic music and Germany in general (hence his artist's name). He converted his garage into a little recording studio and ran three different phone lines (artist, sexual orientation, legal name).
This record was his first release. He pressed a 1,000 copies of this record, but never sold it. He was a perfectionist and must have realized that his record was full of spelling mistakes the most striking one being "Seite 'Swei' instead of 'Zwei'". Hans ended up getting language cassettes to improve his German. He used some of those tapes for his second release called "Hyko". It never came out and exists as a demo tape only. Right around this time is when he met Peter and formed Kode IV. In 1994, Hans returned to Canada being very sick from AIDS. After his death, all his records and cassettes that were stored in his garage were thrown in the garbage and his synthesizers, instruments, and recording equipment were sold for very cheap. His Kozmonaut LP is nearly impossible to come by. Hyko consists of 16 songs in total, all of which are unreleased. It includes some instrumental versions and a remix of "The Mann" called "All The Man", which has been added to the video list on the right of this review.

Kozmonaut ‎– Flieg
Label:
Mental Experience ‎– MENT012
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country:
Spain
Released:
15 Jun 2017
Genre:
Electronic
Style:
Industrial, Electro, Experimental, Minimal, Darkwave
Tracklist
A1     The Man (English Version)     6:15
A2     Flieg     5:50
A3     Tidal Meditation     5:45
B1     Die Stimme Aus Dem Universum     1:45
B2     Arabische Nacht     5:30
B3     Ein Kleiner Walzer     4:05
B4     Lieben Ist     5:27
B5     Parademarsch     1:15
Credits

    Arranged By, Performer, Producer, Vocals, Written-By – Hans Schiller

Notes
Original artwork with spelling mistakes corrected.
Includes insert with liner notes.

Comes with digital download coupon.


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