Kulu - Production info
produced & engineered by Fizzè between 1980 - 1987 at the Mensch House
Kulu Hatha Mamnua was recorded between 1980 and 1986 and
1996 it was re-released as a 'two-LP's-inOne' CD, together with the Manoeuvres d'automne LP, recorded and released first in 1987 as LP AGR 002
special thanks to all the wonderful people who helped and pushed to get me going in this venture and of course: ever so much respect to my family, the musicians!
'Kulu Hatha Mamnua'
means 'all that is fun is forbidden'
Where fox and rabbit say good night to each other, appears after the primal cry a majestic Taj Mahal...
With such contrasts one isn't astonished anymore to hear frogs accompany a singing drill to a rythm of rowing strokes ("Marécage"), to hear a bathtub running empty while singing its sad song to a columbian flute ("Palöngawoya"), to discover selfmade instruments ("Odessa") or a heteroclite battery of citchen utensils being used as powerful rythm tools ("Cuisine"). The playing of brilliant academics blends with the brachial and peaceful tones and shades of universal dilletants ("Colorace"). Compact collages ("00 Nul") are nestled convincingly in a 25-minutes long opus, spheric paintings with poignant atmospheres ("Mutation", "Le Soufflé d'Odo") linger under/over/beneath/through sophisticated organic rythms ("Animist"), the föhn does its phönomenom ("Homo Sapionce"), the harmonium mutes into a hormonium; archaic bala- and lithofones ("C'est Loin") flirt with avantgardistic and classical elements ("Un peu d'air", "Futur Intérieur"), goosepimple provocating Bretterknarren ("Mer Morte") versus a smoky magic tenorsaxophon ("Mustafa PumPum"), hunting calls versus a dreamy accordion ("Dérive"), windshieldwipers versus magestic trombone sounds ("Vision of Hope"), progressives ("La Mort Guette") versus minimalistic ("Assimosis") and a little more is there to discover. Omnipresent remains humor, withouth which there is no serious music (try: "Bonus Scratch"!)...
24 pieces, 74 minutes total playing time, 'Art Brut' handmade under the wings of 'work-in-progress', harboured out over 8 years, skillfully mastered with many subtle crossfades between the individual pieces, yet always keeping integrity with the original works.
The actual trend/acceptance of 'different' music triggered the re-release and these 24 titles were 'polished up' with supplementary instrumentation, new mixes, special edits, unreleased versions etc. One hundert purcent analog instrumental handcraft (200 % techno-free), a limited, numbered and handsigned edition in a genuine sleeve-design, packaged in hemp cardboard
- a european novelty and, even if this CD comes along quite 'technocratically' (no strings attached with the awkward trend of techno), "Kulu/Manoeuvres" with all its tape-loops (created long before the aera of the 'easy way out'-sampling), break-beats etc. is unclassifiable, timeless, filmmusic of some sort for every single ear (not mono-compatible!)...
The question of what kind of music comes out from such venture rises less than how the listener comes out of such hearing-experience. In comparison: the faces of people coming out of a mirror-garden may speak as much... Provocation for fantasy and curiosity...
The Label of Love (Mensch Records) can be understood as a kind of 'platform for exchange', making no commercial concessions and enjoys the respect of many musicians from most varied musical horizons, who let themselves be drawn in that mirror-garden. It was fun and a nice challenge to lead these musicians astray, make them jump over their own shadow for a while.
Some make music, some are committed to ecology. Mensch Music combines both with this
new CD. The contemporary package stands as a European novelty in that it is manufactured
out of hemp.
We hope, that this ecological pioneer-work may inspire others to do so (and that "Kulu/Manoeuvres" may bring to blossom many other flowers in your head...!).
see also Track Info