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Curd DucaSwitched-On Wagner

Label:Mille Plateaux – MP CD 31
CD, Album
Style:Experimental, Minimal


1Air - Bridal Chorus0:49
2Echo - Bridal Chorus1:20
3Pulse - Die Meistersinger4:27
4Reed File - Siegfried4:59
5Nervous - Ride Of The Valkyrie2:45
6Organ - Parsifal2:51
7Ghost - Parsifal2:56
8Microwave - Siegfried4:57
9Bass - Feuerzauber3:39
10Bell - Die Meistersinger4:26
11Whistle - Tannhäuser3:05

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  • Distributed ByEFA – EFA 00681-2



Subtitled: "Minimalistic mood music realised on the MOOG synthesizer (and other music machines)".
Richard Wagner compositions transformed beyond recognition by Curd Duca.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 1875-00681-2 5
  • Label Code: LC 6001
  • Matrix / Runout: BOD FORC MP 31
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L357
  • Rights Society: GEMA


ttooyyss's avatar
Edited 7 years ago
Extremely empty, absolutelly mindless, lack of any ideas. This album is a typical example of an attitude of the altero nowadays era: No originality but copying everything what's in store, (during the last 20+ years this "music" has ), making it all in order to make as much self-counsciousness out of it. Making people fool..... C.D. is nothing but a pose. About the promising title: "Realised on the Moog synthesizer..." Is the proof of the system making people fool. This is how: Naming the album promising with a promising undertitle which reflects on the early 70's attitude of copying one artist after another who made copies of symphonic music onto synthesizers (typically in a horribly bad manner, in an incredibly tasteless, mindless way. Of course there were examples: the starter of the craziness: Walter Wendy Carlos, and the wonderful Isao Tomita. None of the followers could peak, not even approach that level. The whole movement of making symphonics on "the Moog synthesizer" soon went to clowning.) So the title quotes 1:1 and reflects to a very debateble event in the music history and wants to pose itself as a kind of follower (of that kitschy approaches). Then: it again says: "Realised on the Moog synthesizer". On which one??? There are plenty. There's no such as "THE Moog synthesizer". That form were lifted from an era when there was only 1 kind existed: the Moog modular until ca. 1972 when the Minimoog came out. The title suggests that it's made on a biiiig, modular Moog or what (due to the naming "tradition...), which I'd really doubt simply because who has such Moog in store, he usually have more taste somehow unlike to Curd Duca.
Last, don't least: I'm sure there's NO MOOG on the this album!!! The tracks were made only on a single monotimbral phisical-modelling synthesizer as: Korg Prophecy (but because it's just monophonic, and most of the tracks are polyphonic), I think a bigger Yamaha VL-1 / 10 -like synthesizer were utilised. Tasteless timbres, tasteless digital reverb, cheap sound, cheap quality, garbage music, liar "artist", higlhy UNrecommended GARBAGE.
scoundrel's avatar
A fascinating album -- taking the basic notes from various Richard Wagner compositions, Curd Duca reprocesses them into an electronic format. The resulting album, <I>Switched-On Wagner</I>, has those wonderful Teutonic melodies that made Wagner famous redone entirely in machine music. It’s intriguing to hear a classic tune, such as the majestic and operatic <I>Ride of the Valkyrie</I> (from the <b>original</b> Ring cycle) morphed into “Nervous,” a mechanical music-box sequence. <I>Tannhauser</I> and <I>Siegfried</I> receive the same treatment, their complex scores reduced to single tones. It’s an interesting experiment, though your patience with it will depend on how highly you regard Wagner to begin with.