Boomkat Product Review:
Running Back rescue from oblivion a tape of home-baked synth traum made in West Germany, 1981 and originally issued by David Elliott’s then-pivotal YHR Tapes
“Running Back welcomes Andreas Grosser for the start of it’s non-dancefloor series “Running Back Incantations". Think Tornado Wallace’s “Lonely Planet” or Suzanne Kraft’s “Missum” who both would have been good and early contenders for a series like that, and you are half way there. Andreas Grosser though, was “there” and that way before. Probably best-known for his 1987 collaboration “Babel” with Klaus Schulze, Grosser is a bit of a dark horse in the universe whose big bang was krautrock and that went on to be called cosmic, space music or simply new age.
A native East-Berliner, Grosser crossed the Wall in 1981 and next to studying piano, his day job was to advise, sell, maintain and invent electronic music instruments. Naturally, Grosser had a good connection to and support from local Berlin musicians and groups, while working at night in his own studio and in those of others. Fast forward 37 years and Andreas is now one the worlds leading microphone technicians specialising in German and Austrian vintage types. “Venite Visum” is an anthology of recordings made between 1976 and1980. Released in 1981 on UK’s York House Recordings as a cassette tape only, it features some of the most out there, hypnotic and still state-of-the art space music ever to be known to man. For the first time transferred onto vinyl, compact disc and available as a digital download.”