Friday, June 19, 2009

mellow out, herr stockhausen

mellow |ˌmɛləʊ|
1 (esp. of sound, taste, and color) pleasantly smooth or soft; free from harshness : she was hypnotized by the mellow tone of his voice | slow cooking gives the dish a sweet, mellow flavor.
• archaic (of fruit) ripe, soft, sweet, and juicy : a dish of mellow apples.
• (of wine) well-matured and smooth : delicious, mellow, ripe, fruity wines.
2 (of a person's character) softened or matured by age or experience : a more mellow personality. See note at MATURE .
• relaxed and good-humored : Jean was feeling mellow.
• informal relaxed and cheerful through being slightly drunk : everybody got very mellow and slept well.
3 (of earth) rich and loamy.

ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense [(of fruit) ripe, soft, sweet, and juicy] ): perhaps from attributive use of Old English melu, melw- (see MEAL 2 ). The verb dates from the late 16th cent.

Originally released on the 1998 Spoon CD reissue of Holger Czukay and Rolf Dammers' 1969 LP "Canaxis 5" - under the moniker Technical Space Composer's Crew - recorded at Inner Space, Cologne in 1968, "Mellow Out" actually predates those twin "Canaxis" experimmental samplings by some eight years; Czukay's first ever public performance of an original composition broadcast on WDR Köln in 1960 for the more traditional jazz audience.

This short piece was immediately cut in acetate and pressed on a limited four copy vinyl run for band members only.

A student of Karlheinz Stockhausen, as both "Canaxis" proper and his work with Can upholds, the mood here - as the title suggests - is a good deal more relaxed.

HOLGER CZUKAY: MELLOW OUT from "Canaxis" CD (Spoon) 1998 (Germany)


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