Holger Czukay

Holger Czukay

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Holger Schüring
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German musician, who studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen from 1963–1966, and in 1968 co-founded the German rock group Can, for whom he played bass guitar, as well as undertaking most of their recording and engineering. Czukay also recorded some early ambient albums, and was influential for his utilization of radio sounds and sampling.

Though he identified himself as a German, and was a Germanophone, his country of birth was somewhat complicated. Danzig, up to 1918, had been part of the German Empire. However, after World War I it was placed under the protection of the League Of Nations as the 'Free City of Danzig'; neither part of Germany (Weimar Republic), nor of the newly independent Poland. By around 1935 it, though still officially controlled by the League, had fallen under the control of the Nazi Party, and at outbreak of World War II (and shortly after the birth of Schüring), was absorbed back into Germany. After the war Danzig was renamed Gdańsk, as it had been known in earlier times, and was annexed by Poland.

Born: 24th March 1938, in the Free City of Danzig
Died: 5th September 2017, in Weilerswist (near Cologne), Germany. [aged 79]
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Holger Czukay Discography Tracks

Albums

Holger Czukay Movies (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay On The Way To The Peak Of Normal (Album) Welt-Rekord Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - Full Circle (Album) Virgin, Virgin Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay / Rolf Dammers Holger Czukay / Rolf Dammers - Canaxis (Album) Spoon Records Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Jah Wobble, The Edge, Holger Czukay Jah Wobble, The Edge, Holger Czukay - Snake Charmer (MiniAlbum) Island Records New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay Der Osten Ist Rot (Album) Virgin Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay Rome Remains Rome (Album) Virgin UK 1987 Sell This Version
David Sylvian + Holger Czukay David Sylvian + Holger Czukay - Plight & Premonition (Album) Venture Italy 1988 Sell This Version
David SylvianHolger Czukay David SylvianHolger Czukay - Flux + Mutability (Album) Venture, VENTURE US 1989 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay Radio Wave Surfer (Album) Virgin, Virgin UK 1991 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay Moving Pictures (Album) Mute Japan 1993 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay vs. Dr. Walker Holger Czukay vs. Dr. Walker - Clash (Album) Sideburn Recordings Germany 1997 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay Good Morning Story (Album) Tone Casualties US 1999 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay La Luna (Album) Tone Casualties US 2000 Sell This Version
U-SheHolger Czukay U-SheHolger Czukay - Time And Tide (Album) Dignose Germany 2001 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay Linear City (Album) Dignose Germany 2001 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay | U-She Holger Czukay | U-She - The New Millennium (Album) FünfUndVierzig Germany 2003 Sell This Version
REV 090 Holger Czukay / Ursa Major (2) Holger Czukay / Ursa Major (2) - 21st Century(CD, Album, Dig) Revisited Rec. REV 090 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay Eleven Years Innerspace (Album) Grönland Records Japan 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Holger Czukay Cool In The Pool (Single) EMI UK 1979 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay Persian Love (Single) Barclay France 1979 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay Ode To Perfume (Single) EMI UK 1981 Sell This Version
Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Czukay Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Czukay - How Much Are They? (Maxi) Island Records Germany 1981 Sell This Version
vanity 8106 Holger Czukay June 3 1981 At His House Köln W.Germany(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Promo) Vanity Records (3) vanity 8106 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Jah Wobble / The Edge / Holger Czukay Jah Wobble / The Edge / Holger Czukay - Snake Charmer Island Records UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version

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daniel.pico

daniel.pico

September 6, 2017
Holger Czukay was a very prolific musician. His curiosity goes far beyond any standard. I think that we always look for some inspiration based on our own rules, but Czukay use to break those patterns, the result is easy to be perceived on his recordings.
J_Oxapampa

J_Oxapampa

September 6, 2017
RIP Holger, your music was indescribable. It sounded like it was from another planet or something, even in the sixties his records (Can and Canaxis) sounded like he was already way ahead of time.

You will be truly missed...
Bradx

Bradx

December 31, 2014
edited 2 months ago
Holger came right out of the European avant garde classical zone in the mid-late 1960s with absolutely no rock or pop background to speak of. It was only when a younger friend, Michael Karoli, played him The Beatles' I Am the Walrus that he grasped rock's potential. Abandoning his classical pretensions (although always with great debt to his teacher and mentor Karlheinz Stockhausen) Holger, along with Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit and Michael Karoli created The Can, making a string of never-to-be-surpassed albums '69 - '74.

Holger was the main architect of the classic Can tracks, editing down lengthy jam sessions into manageable album-friendly sides. Pre-digital editing and sampling the only way to do this was with reel-to-reel tape and a razor blade. This involved countless hours at the splicing block - hours which, after about 1974, became either difficult to find.... or maybe the initial inspiration behind Can was spent.

Many good and occasionally great albums followed (for instance the epic 'world music' sampling, highly influential 'Movies' from 1979; David Byrne and Eno definitely copped an earful of this one) and it's worth checking both his and Can's discography (and other solo releases from Jaki & Irmin) with care as gems can be found right up until almost the present day..... but it is with the classic Can albums from 1969 - 1974 that Can and Holger will be remembered.
Now three of the band are no longer with us. Only Irmin remains.
RIP Holger, Jaki and `Michael - three of the all time great musical visionaries, prophets and seers.

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