Irmin Schmidt & Bruno Spoerri ‎– Toy Planet

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Bradx

Bradx

February 14, 2015
referencing Toy Planet, LP, Album, SPOON 011

Rapido De Noir is possibly the best ever 'transport' electronic record.... better than both Trans-Europe Express and Autobahn (in my opinion). The sounds of a train journey are synthesised, mutated and phased. You actually experience the journey in 3 dimensions - riding the rails, the clicking of the points and the tunnels. Magical stuff from the Can man Irmin and library genius Bruno.
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ultimathulerecords

February 17, 2014
referencing Toy Planet, LP, CEL 6611, none
continuing from a review of Filmmusik...
As diverse as this album is, it in no way can prepare you for TOY PLANET, which sets itself in a totally different class of music altogether. TOY PLANET is electronic music, of a very special kind you're not likely to have heard before. This album is innovative music, really fresh & new. In fact, we think it's so good that no one should be without a copy. But what's the music like? Well, it's very difficult to describe, but let's have a go. The album opens with The Seven Game; the sounds of birds, crickets & babbling brook (created synthetically) are attacked with strange percussive effects, after which a percussive rhythm fades in, followed by a bass line, synthi & low key sax solo on the right, then on the left Bruno adds a jazzy sax solo which completely changes the feel. At this point you have to convince yourself that you are not listening to a 6-piece group, that there's no guitar, bass or drums there - just keyboards, synths & a couple of wind instruments. Following on this is the title track, which embodies strange percussive sounds and a Ligeti-type choral backdrop which in turn is transformed into a totally strange rhythmic pulse. Nothing on this cut sounds normal, & the effect is totally overwhelming. After this you get three & a half minutes to recover with a piece called Two Dolphins go Dancing, which is a bit like an electrified Can with some jazz thrown in for good measure.Turning the record over we have Yom Tov which is an E.F.S. of Swiss folk music (what else, when Bruno is Swiss!) sounding like it's being played on guitars & other string instruments, but of course it isn't. The final 3 tracks all run together, starting with Springlight Rite which unbelievably sounds like Steve Reich's ensemble jamming with Urban Sax - a totally incredible spacey sound. This transforms, via strange bubblings, clicks, haunting voices, into Last Train to Eternity, & as you may (or may not) expect has a heavy percussive rhythm resembling a train at full throttle. The sound of this piece hearkens back to the days of TAGO MAGO, when Jaki Liebezeit used to do that incredible drum work. The effect is to say the least, overwhelming. This peters off into a drone with sax (sounding like it's at the other end of a tunnel); then all of a sudden synthi trills & the now familiar chorale effect comes in to fill out the sound, as though a choir & orchestra had just entered the studio. This finishes off the whole spectacular affair with a feeling of heavenly tranquillity, whisking the listener into another world. Amazing!
by Alan & Steve Freeman, first published in Neumusik ca. 1981