Ata Tak – Die neuen Herrn (1980-84)

Ata Tak – Die neuen Herrn (1980-84)

Equally at home in the art world and the artists’ pub, Ata Tak‘s proprietors manage their label from a nice office in Düsseldorf; in the adjoining music studio, they pursue the idea of a world rebellion with sound – as Der Plan. 32 minutes with Holger Hiller, Minus Delta T, Picky Picnic, Wirtschaftswunder, and others.

Relics – Miniatures on Air (1953-2019)

Relics – Miniatures on Air (1953-2019)

Relics tell stories, take listeners on acoustic journeys, or document situations. They can be poems, studio productions, field recordings, or something completely different. 53-minute mix representing Paul Paulun’s series Fundstück on DLF-Kultur with pieces by Anne Waldman, Helga Goetze, Mark E. Smith, Timothy Leary, and 26 other artists.

Jukebox (6): Twisted

Jukebox (6): Twisted

The Jukebox gets expanded with improvised Baroque chamber music that’s rooted in rock, the inner voyage of a miserable soul, notions of the uncanny, and a forward thinking Jamaican collective. 42 minutes with tunes by Don Cherry, Gazelle Twin, Mariah, Sentimentale Jugend, and others – produced between 1969 and 2021.

Proper Krauts (1971-78)

Proper Krauts (1971-78)

The stoic, almost machine like drumming of so many West-German tunes from the early seventies becomes the trademark of a new sound – different from British pop or American rock, and in no way related to the country’s horrible nazi past. 45 minutes with Cluster, Faust, Harmonia 76, La Düsseldorf, and others.

Future Japan – Technopop (1979-86)

Future Japan – Technopop (1979-86)

Yellow Magic Orchestra’s concept of connecting pop, dance music, and Far Eastern folklore quickly becomes synonymous with technopop in Japan. The band’s members also occur in each others solo recordings and cooperate with other musicians. 49 minutes with Apogee & Perigee, Friends Of Earth, Miharu Koshi, Ryuichi Sakamoto & The Kakutougi Session, and others.

Jukebox (4): Night Mode

Jukebox (4): Night Mode

Tunes beyond rock and post-punk, embracing a kind of glamour, energy, and irony characteristic of wave and synth pop. 43 minutes with works by Chris Carter, John Ruth, Judy Nylon and Crucial, Patrick Cowley, and others – realized between 1979 and ’85.

Jukebox (1): Minimum Maximum

Jukebox (1): Minimum Maximum

The Jukebox series starts with European ideas about reggae, some stoic drumming, a reflection on alienation, and a track capturing the atmosphere in Tokyo during the early eighties. 54 minutes with works by Alec Empire, Jun Togawa Unit, Pink Industry, The Red Krayola, and others – made between 1968 and 2008.

Ambient Japan (1981-2004)

Ambient Japan (1981-2004)

Free of artificial ornamentation, well balanced, and designed with love for detail, some eighties Japanese ambient music resembles the concept of the countries’ traditional gardens. 51 minutes of music striving to enhance environments – with works by Haruomi Hosono, Inoyama Land, Masahiro Sugaya, Yasuaki Shimizu, and others.

Ambient Channel (3): Misty

Ambient Channel (3): Misty

Paying homage to flying machines and next generation’s minimalism, singing in an invented language that’s both mysterious and familiar, and a special kind of rain. 43-minute mix with pieces by Anna Homler and Steve Moshier, Ennio Morricone, Harold Budd, The Human League, and others – made between 1972 and 2011.

Fluxus Is… (1959-2014)

Fluxus Is… (1959-2014)

Forming a loose community of interdisciplinary collaborators, Fluxus artists are rethinking the role of art in society during the sixties. 47 minutes with Carolee Schneemann, Henning Christiansen, Terry Riley, Yoko Ono, and others.