Boomkat Product Review:
**Rigid 4LP box + bonus 7". White vinyl edition of 200 with liner notes** V-O-D reissue of some of the earliest work by Hamburg's synth music pioneer, Asmus Tietchens, on vinyl for the first time, some 30 odd years after they were originally issued as four super-limited tapes on YHR between 1981 - 1983. Schooled in the mathematically sound electronic composition techniques of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and looking for a future beyond Krautrock's seemingly infinite horizons, Asmus Tietchens' music mapped vectors for distant sounds as yet unheard when he wrote the music on 4K7 between 1975-197. Despite not being released until the early '80s, it still equally sounded way ahead and out-of-its time, much as it does today. All the albums bar one are facsimile copies of the original tapes, down to the artwork and track listing - the odd one out is a slightly abridged version of 'Musik Aus Der Grauzone' which has been pruned by 2 minutes. Between them they weigh up to a peerless catalogue of probing sound reflective of the artist's unrestrained yet disciplined imagination and perfectly indicative of that grey area after Krautrock ran out of steam and before punk triggered an avalanche of amateur synthesists more restricted to minimal and lo-fi wave styles. Recommended!