Thursday, 17 January 2013

ANIMA Austrian avant-garde 1974

(another rip by Brew)

"When we started playing music it was a kind of protest. We protested against needs and against Classical and we really wanted to shock people and now it’s not necessary, all is possible. You have thrash, you have punk you have house music, you have noise. I think the future musician has to show silence. Sometimes when I stop in the concert it’s so intense to have a silence in between. This is the main possibility for musicians in the future. It will be hard for a musician when he says to an organizer ‘I am a musician and I play best when I play silence.’"

Five posts in and you might've wondered if you can make me spend ten dollah by showing me "Limited to sweet fanny adams RARE!!1!". This is affirmative proof. Curiosity got the better of me at Red Devil Records in San Rafael, and I figured it was worth 10 Inferior Monies to kill the nagging thought of 'wonder what that record would've been like' that I knew was likely to pop up in future daydreaming. For best part of four years it sat amongst my 7" stash and Brew's folder of vinyl rips, getting some good playtime while I was curious, and later fancied something ambient for 20 mins while I made up my mind about what I should listen to.

Paul and Limpe Fuchs came from the same German hippie/krautrock movement that gave us Amon Düül II  and the Red Army Faction. That interview I linked to up top will tell you all I know about their background and career, and these other Projekt Anima tracks N Da Da Umm Da and Traktor Go Go Go will give you an idea what this 7" sounds like. This 7" is a bit more...laid back, than those youtube videos; the closest reference I've got for these is John & Yoko Ono's Two Virgins, which is rawer in comparison to the Anima group.
Here they are joined by the Austrian 'terrorist pianist' Friedrich Gulda, who first performed with the Fuchs' in 1971. 'Anima Musica' existed in some form or another between 1969 - '89, with this trio format operating between 1972 - '78. This disc strikes me as a good introduction to the musicians involved. Side A has them taking turns on their specialist intruments; Limpe on homemade tympani, Gulda on electric piano, and Paul on homemade...something. Side B includes the Fuchs' other favoured method of music, silence. It's been fun looking into the Fuchs and finding more of their music - as entertainment, music can surpass it's own medium when accompanied by reading and learning.

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