Irmin Schmidt

Villa Wunderbar / A Selection

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‘Villa Wunderbar’ is a 2CD (also available as a digital download), compiling the work of Can founder Irmin Schmidt’s solo and soundtrack work, including two unreleased Can remixes and a collection of soundtrack pieces personally compiled by longterm collaborator Wim Wenders.

CD 1 is a compilation of Irmin Schmidt’s extensive work as a solo artist over the past 30 years. It is accompanied by sleevenotes written by the English writer Duncan Fallowell, author of most lyrics on the album, whilst CD 2 (selected and presented by the filmmaker Wim Wenders) is an insight into Schmidt’s vast work as a composer for film and television, for which Wenders has written extensive sleevenotes.

The compilation includes tracks such as ‘Villa Wunderbar’, ‘Kick On The Floods’ and ‘Bohemian Step’, alongside unreleased remixes by Schmidt of two Can tracks, ‘Alice’ and ‘Last Night Sleep’, and an unreleased extract from ‘La Fermosa’, a ballet by Youri Vàmos, entitled Bêtes De Passage.

After an extensive classical education as pianist, conductor and composer, Irmin Schmidt - who studied under Stockhausen and Ligeti - established Can in the late 60s, combining classic new music with rock and jazz. The band’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance, from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West (who sampled ‘Sing Swan Song’) and Radiohead, as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.

After Can disbanded in the late 70s, Irmin Schmidt returned to his work as a solo artist, and the result is a vast oeuvre, which includes a series of solo albums (‘Toy Planet’ [1981], ‘Musk At Dusk’ [1987], ‘Impossible Holidays’ [1991]), an opera (‘Gormenghast’ [2000] based on the Mervyn Peak trilogy), several releases with English composer Kumo (Masters Of Confusion [2001], ‘Axolotl Eyes’ [2008], ‘Flies, Guys & Choirs’ [2008] and ‘Cyclopean EP’ [2013]), a ballet (‘La Fermosa’ by Youri Vàmos) and over 100 film scores (‘Snowland’ [2005, dir. Hans W. Geissendörfer], ‘Palermo Shooting’ [2008, dir. Wim Wenders], amongst others).

Schmidt’s sound trips combine what normally competes and conflicts: rock, pop, jazz, classic, electronic, ambient, drum 'n’ bass, waltz, Eastern. He is a true musical alchemist.


CD 1 ‘Solo Work’
Le Weekend
Rapido De Noir
Villa Wunderbar
Time The Dreamkiller
Burning Straw In Sky
Kick On The Floods
Fuchsia’s Song - Rainbow Party
Ensemble - Joy
Bêtes De Passage
CD 2 ‘Soundtracks’
Flavia Theme
Quattrocanti (Dream Theme IV)
Fresco & Finale (Flavia Theme III & IV)
Zicke Zick
Lied Vom Verschwinden
Rote Erde (Titel Musik)
Es Geht Ein Schnitter
Bohemian Step
Roll On Euphrates
Aller Tage Abend Walzer
Messer Im Kopf
Morning In Berlin
Verdi Prati
Alice (Remix)
Last Night Sleep (Remix)

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