“Days later a car with two state agents appeared at the studio and took me away…”

There’s almost certainly load of other stuff I should be sorting out but sometimes a piece of music places an unrelenting hand on your shoulder, and won’t be denied..

 

This is part of a record released under the name of Kosmischer Läufer in 2013 and billed as the “secret cosmic music of the East German Olympic program”. The press release that accompanied it, speaks plausibly of a lost album of motoric-inspired work by an East German sound engineer called Martin Zeichnete which was created for Iron Curtain athletes to train to. (“What few knew is that as well as doping and utilising one of the most sophisticated scientific sport programmes ever devised some more ‘esoteric’ methods to gain sporting advantage were employed.”)

I love this story and in the true “sunlit uplands” spirit of the day, I care little for whether it’s true or not (it’s not), I’m totally on board.

And as with the Beak record I wrote about a few weeks ago, it’s so fondly and craftily fashioned that I really don’t care whether it’s real or fake – we’re post-truth, remember. You could tell me it’s a great lost bootleg by Neu! (or Harmonia. Or Krafwerk. Or Cluster) and I’d believe you. (Or in reality, I’d most likely stare blankly at you, eyes-glazed, nodding like a loon…)

Go to the Kosmscher Läufer website for further elaborate spoofery (I’m particularly keen on the idea of the interview fragments scattered randomly, Stasi-style, amongst each release.)

The great news is that a further three albums of material have also been uncovered in the following five years.

Truly, we are blessed.