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Axolotl Eyes [CD+DVD, DualDisc, PAL]

Irmin Schmidt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, DualDisc, PAL
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001451H7A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Kick On the Floods
2. Drifting Days, Crime Pays
3. Umbilicus Clear
4. Raketenstadt
5. Axolotl Eyes
6. Meteor Infected
7. Etrurian Waltz
Disc: 2
1. Flies, Guys and Choirs
2. Flies, Guys and Choirs

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Irmin Schmidt, founder of Can, the experimental rock group whose music has inspired hundreds of popular acts over the last 30 years from Talking Heads and Public Image Limited to LCD Sound System and Kasabian, has once again teamed up with breakbeat pioneer Kumo on Axolotl Eyes.
The duo originally got together in 1997 when Psychomat recording artist Kumo was drafted in by Schmidt to work on his operatic version of Gormenghast as a co-producer and programmer. As a result of that collaboration, the duo started work on Masters of Confusion, their 2001 debut LP. Kumo has since been appointed Professor of Popular Music at the Köln Musikhochschule (Cologne University of Music) where he runs regular practical workshops ranging from dub to music business, composing for film to house music.

Axolotl Eyes also marks a return to the extended improvisation followed by painstaking editing methods pioneered by Can. Opener Kick On The Floods rapidly evolves into a churning sea of ghostly, filmic melancholy lightly shaded by menace, while Drifting Days, Crime Pays kicks in with a melody that could grace any classic detective series underpinned by subtle atmospherics. The mysterious and dense Umbilicus Clear was inspired by sounds from outer space and Raketenstadt melds the vocals of Paul J Fredericks with industrial strength synths, drifting melodic fragments and trumpeter Dixon summoning the spirit of Dizzy Gillespie.

As a bonus, the studio album is accompanied by a 5.1 surround sound DVD of the sound installation Flies, Guys and Choirs, first conceived for London's Barbican Centre in 2001. The work combines surreally treated images from nature with subtle, quietly forceful environmental music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Profound and complex 3 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
This double pack presents some of the most complex and rewarding music available. The CD deserves relisten after relisten as new rhythms, relationships and textures appear with every approach. The DVD is not only visually beguiling but musically deceptively easy on the ear. In reality the 5.1 presentation leads through worlds of sound and rhythm previously unheard in contemporary music.
All in all not just brilliant but encyclopaedic in reference and depth. A must have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Irman Schmidt - 'Axolotl Eyes' (Mute) 5 Jun 2010
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let me understand - is this CD a newer release from Irmin Schmidt? Because if it is in fact a modern day effort from the former Can keyboardist, 'Axolotl Eyes' is more accessible than I had expected - in other words, it's not AS weird as one might have thought it might be. Tracks here that prove this over-seventy (now) player can still put some worthy music out some forty + years after he first began are "Kick On The Flood", the eight-minute title cut "Axolotl Eyes", "Etruriz Waltz" and the awesome "Umbillicus" (almost worth the admission price alone). Line-up: Schmidt - keyboards, piano & slide guitar, Ian Dixon - trumpet and Paul Fredericks - vocals. Then there's the DVD - now this is something that I had a really tough time following. I obviously got more from the CD. This has to be one of the strangest covers I've ever seen.
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