this album we also had "normal" rehearsals in our Wäscherhof studio (which
was actually quite large, but never came to an end constructionwise). You'll
find tunes composed to the last note, others partly composed, partly improvised,
and some which are creations of complete improvisation. Surprisingly vocals
emerge here and there, even with lyrics.
production took place at the legendary Conny's Studio near Cologne. After
Conny had listened to a live tape he asked us to record our new material at
his brand new studio. This was the second production ever made at Conny's.
The first was ‚Andy Nogger' of Kraan who became good friends of ours.
Basic tracks are drums, bass and Hohner clavinett recorded simultaniously.
Overdubbed hammond. Tommy sometimes changes the harmonies by switching the
organ off and on while playing. Great! The title is an idea by Conny.
The beat switches back and forth from 7/8 to 9/8. Conny is hand-panning
the guitar while the beats are on 5, 6+ in 7/8th, on 6, 7+ in 9/8th. "We thought
of dadaism and entfant chanting."
with long. S. Tea 25 two seconds before sunrise"
Long S. Tea 25 is a synonym for LSD. There are a lot of different rhythms
in this tune. If you can't count it, feel it!
This is what this piece does. The rhythm guitar plays the same riff
all the way thru. The recording is a sandwich procedure: rhythm guitar, fender
rhodes and drums as basics in one take. Then all three together overdubbing
the bass, organ and percussion. At last Andy's solo guitar.
This one's got three parts. The first is played by Andy, the second
by Tommy and the third by Fred. Each part begins simple with one instrument.
After each circle there is one more overdub. So everyone has his own little
tune getting more and more complex merging in a kind of strange rondo. No
cutting of tapes is involved. In the very end they all play together. The
title is Conny's idea. Wolperaiso is derived from Wolperath, the name of the
little village where the studio is located.
factory" (for people insane)
Lead vox by Andy. Backings by Tommy and Fred. Rhythms are very complicated.
The A part: 30/8. 3 bars 8/8 plus 1 bar 6/8, sounds quite easy but try to
count it! The B part features Fred's extraordinary drumming. The rhythm pattern
has a mindbaffling matrix. Each cycle consists of 10 bars. The first, second,
third, fifth, seventh and nineth bar is in 8/8, the fourth in 7/8, the sixth
in 6/8, the eighth in 5/8 and the tenth in 4/8 to the bar. The piano and guitar
beats are on one in the first and second bar, on one and eight in the third,
on one and seven in the fifth, on one and six in the seventh, on one and five
in the nineth bar. Sounds complicated but it's not providing you count it
right. If that's too fuzzy to figure out, just listen and enjoy.
Basics played simultaneously: bass, drums, fender rhodes. Overdubs:
second bass, two guitars, two more rhodes pianos, organ and percussion. "For
us it's ‚normal' to play like that and we don't want to sound complicated."
of the crabs"
This is a strictly composed title. "Everyone of us has had these creepy
little critters at least once. The subtitle could be called ‚Cuprex and Jakutin'."
to the Maroccan farmers"
is totally improvised. No overdubs. "Conny sent a great mix thru the
headphones. These kind of sounds for our accoustic instruments completely
turned us on. Probably we also smoked some Maroccan hashish." Andy plays accoustic
guitar, alto-sax, rubber hose, toy cow ‚muh', and kindda ‚sings'. Tommy on
grand piano which he prepared with different metalic and paper devices. He
also plays flute and trumpet. Fred on drums. His tom-toms are inflatable.
He's one of the greatest drummers of this planet.
but one train to Amsterdam"
Tommy on rhodes and organ, Andy bass, Fred on drums. It's a composition
with a great arrangement. Check out the instruments on which parts they do
play and on which they don't.
by Conny Plank. All music by exmagma.
first released in 1974 on Disjuncta Records.