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A career-spanning retrospective from legendary avant-garde composer Irmin Schmidt, this deluxe box set nfeatures twelve CDs, taking you on a journey through his entire solo work.
A founder of Can, the German band whose unparalleled genius remains unquestioned, timeless and immeasurably influential. The twelve CD box set contains Schmidt’s first album, ‘Toy Planet’ (1981) (a collaboration with Bruno Spoerri) through to his ‘Gormenghast’ opera, solo albums, the collaborations with Kumo (Jono Podmore) and Duncan Fallowell and the extensive and award winning film soundtrack work.
After a classical education as pianist, conductor and composer, Irmin Schmidt - who studied under Stockhausen and Ligeti - established Can in the late 60s combining classic new music with rock and jazz. The band’s powerful influence has never diminished and recently Irmin Schmidt was awarded a Knighthood - the Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres - for his contribution to arts and culture by the French Ministry Of Culture.
When all Can members decided to part and explore new sounds, Irmin teamed up with Swiss jazz and electronics musician Bruno Spoerri to make his first post-Can album: ‘Toy Planet’ (1981). Over the years, he continued his work for film and released his second solo album, ‘Musk At Dusk’ (1987), followed by ‘Impossible Holidays’ (1991).
Both ‘Musk At Dusk’ and ‘Impossible Holidays’ feature lyrics by the novelist Duncan Fallowell, sung by Schmidt. The collaboration with Fallowell continued with his next project: the opera ‘Gormenghast’, based on Mervyn Peake’s classic novel, for which Fallowell wrote the libretto.
During work on the opera Irmin Schmidt met Jono Podmore, electronic composer and programming specialist which whom he formed the duo Irmin Schmidt and Kumo and released two albums: ‘Master Of Confusion’ (2001) and ‘Axolotl Eyes’ (2008).
All six solo albums are featured in Irmin Schmidt’s ‘Electro-Violet’ alongside six soundtrack CDs that provide an overview on Schmidt’s work for film.
The ‘Filmmusik’ CDs include a previously unreleased album, ‘Filmmusik Anthology 6’ and the collection includes music from across over 100 soundtracks and theatre compositions that Schmidt has worked on over the past three decades, with music from Palermo Shooting (Wim Wenders, 2008), Schneeland (Hans W Geissendörfer, 2005) as well as the critically acclaimed German TV series ‘Bloch And Tatort’ plus the TV film ‘Mord In Eberswalde’ by Stephan Wagner, for which Schmidt won the Best Film Music award from the Deutsche Akademie Für Fernsehen in 2013."