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.

Laibach and think of Wagner

In honour of the 30th anniversary of the existence and work of Laibach, the group has decided to release two special limited edition albums in CD and vinyl versions.

The “LAIBACH REVISITED” double album will include a complete version of the first Laibach album (LAIBACH, 1985), re-mastered from the original tapes with additional tracks included on the disc one. The second disc will present newly arranged and recorded versions of selected songs from the period 1980 – 1986, including Brat moj (Brother of Mine), Država (The State), Mi kujemo bodočnost (We Are Forging the Future), Krvava gruda – plodna zemlja (Bloody Ground – Fertile Soil), and others. This album is due to be released in May 2010.

The “VOLKSWAGNER” double album will present a unique Laibachian interpretation of Richard Wagner’s music. Disc 1 will present a studio version of recorded and mixed material created in collaboration between Laibach, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, and Izidor Leitinger. Disc 2 will present a selection of tracks recorded from live performances of the VOLKSWAGNER suite. This album is scheduled for release in the second half of 2010.

Both albums will be produced as collector’s items, equipped with richly designed booklets featuring exclusive photos, pictures, texts, essays, and information. The vinyl version will also feature a special poster. Precise descriptions of the albums and the exact release dates will be announced closer to the release date.

The first 500 buyers of each item will also receive a free special Laibach T-shirt. NSK citizens with passports will receive an additional 10% discount on the price of two purchased items. The first 500 copies will also be signed by the group, stamped, and numbered.

Albums copies can be reserved here

Laibach is announcing a number of large-scale exhibitions for 2010, this time in Ljubljana, Zagreb, and Trbovlje. Each of these exhibitions will present a different aspect of Laibach’s visual and multimedia art. The Trbovlje exhibition will open in the Delavski Dom on September 27th, exactly 30 years after the (forbidden) very first Laibach appearance at the same place in Laibach’s home town. Ljubljana exhibition at MGLC (International Centre of Graphic Arts) will open on April 1st 2010. Zagreb exhibition date will be announced as soon as the date is confirmed.