The hills are alive with the sound of Laibach

I know probably every other bugger has used the same headline but somethings just can’t be resisted. Here’s the official music video for Laibach’s version of “The Sound of Music”:

The Sound of Music was conceived when Laibach were infamously invited to perform in North Korea in 2015. The band performed several songs from the 1965 film’s soundtrack at the concert in Pyongyang, chosen by Laibach as it’s a well-known and beloved film in the DPRK and often used by schoolchildren to learn English. Laibach are joined by Boris Benko (Silence) and Marina Mårtensson on vocals and the album gives the Laibach treatment to tracks such as ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Maria’, here reworked as ‘Maria / Korea’ (“How do you solve a problem like Maria / Korea?”).

While the majority of the tracks on the album are from the film, the band also included ‘Arirang’, an interpretation of a traditional Korean folk song considered the unofficial national anthem of both North and South Korea (and released recently to mark the historic summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un), as well as their own workout of the Gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument performed by students from the Kum Song Music School in Pyongyang and a recording of the band’s “welcome” speech to Korea from Mr. Ryu from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Committee for Cultural Relation.

“The Sound of Music” is out November 23rd on vinyl, CD and digital. The arrival of this news today is oddly timely as yesterday I began working on a big in-depth overview of all Laibach’s albums for this very page. Expect it to be ready long, long after the album comes out.

Radiophonic Workshop’s John Baker Subject Of New Compilation

JBtriptychAs you may or may not know, the reason things have been a little quieter on the site for the last year is because I’ve been working on a book about the Radiophonic Workshop for Obverse Books. We all know about Delia Derbyshire and probably Brian Hodgson and Daphne Oram too but another genius of the early years was John Baker, the subject of a new compilation “The Vendetta Tapes” coming soon on Buried Treasure. John had a classical background and played in jazz bands while at the Workshop, influences that often snuck into his electronic music. He never directly worked on Doctor Who although a couple of his pieces were reused in Cybermen story “The Invasion”.

Anyway, I could go on but you can buy the book if you want more info. As Buried Treasure sell via bandcamp you can have a listen yourself right now. “The Vendetta Tapes” is coming out on CD, vinyl and download.

Om line up European tour

omMystical avatars of doom, Om, are heading over to Europe to play some shows for us lot in support of their recent, triumphant “Advaitic Songs” album on Drag City. You can catch them at:

14/11/2013, Berlin, Volksbuhne
15/11/2013, Copenhagen, Loppen
16/11/2013, Stockholm, Kagelbanan
18/11/2013, Gothenburg, Truckstop Alaska
19/11/2013, Hamburg, Hafenklang
20/11/2013, Siegen, Vortex Club
21/11/2013, Geneva, l’Usine
22/11/2013, Bern, Dampfzentrale
24/11/2013, Paris, BBmix Festival
25/11/2013, London, Village Underground
26/11/2013, Birmingham, Rainbow Warehouse
28/11/2013, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
29/11/2013, Camber Sands, ATP festival
30/11/2013, Kortrijk, Sonic City
01/12/2013, Utrecht, Le Guess Who

Andrew Liles releases 24 Hour album

incommensHoly shit, erstwhile Nurse With Wound member (and regular Current 93 collaborator) Andrew Liles has suddenly gone and released an album on his bandcamp page that lasts a record 24 hours. Titled “Incommensurable Magnitudes”, it takes in 26 tracks to cover the 24 hours. Obviously I’ve not had the chance yet to experience all of it but what I have taken in suggests a dark, insidious drone work akin to “Soliloquy For Lilith” or “Salt Marie Celeste”. It’s a bargain at £24 for the sonic equivalent of Man vs Food.