”La terre, il se pourrait bien après tout que ce soit une espèce
de merveilleux petit appareil enregistreur, plaçé là par on ne sait qui,
pour capter tous les bruits qui circulent mystérieusement dans l’Univers.”
Pierre Reverdy - ”En vrac” - 1929

”J’entends tous les bruits de la terre grâce à mes oreilles et mes nerfs de cristal
dans lesquels circulent le feu du ciel et celui des volcans.”
Michel Leiris - ”Le point cardinal” - 1927

"Go, go, go! ... Go! go! ..."
John Lee Hooker


Holger Hiller


Hoger Hiller was born there in Hamburg in the late 1950s. In the mid-70s he befriended an old lady who'd been a pupil of gebrauchsmusik composer Paul Hindemith. She taught him concept improvisation.
In 1980 he co-founded one of the interesting band Palais Schaumburg which sounds a bit like "A Certain Ratio", and has great lyrics.

Then, his first personal releases with the famous Ata Tak label (Pyrolator, Die tödliche Doris, Der Plan...) were significative as a new impressive form of techno pop. A short but amazing discography  with 7 LPs and a few EPs, including the famous "oben im eck".

Holger Hiller lived in Tokyo for a while in the mid-80s, marrying Izumi "Mimi" Kobayashi who composed the theme song to the manga "Urusei Yatsura" and later worked with Mathilde Santing. Hiller and Kobayashi had a son, Kentaro, and Hiller's most charming album is his 1995 horspiel "Little Present", a record of a trip to Tokyo to see his son which combines ambient sounds -- train stations, TV commercials, his son playing -- with compositions built out of samples from Hiller's DAT recorder.

a few links:

- an interview (in german langage) around the album "Ein Bündel Fäulnis in der Grube"  on www.thing.de

10 little facts about Holger Hiller by the Scottish songwriter and blogger Momus.

- One of my favorite song "You" to listen to here.

& the complete John Peel's session
broadcasted on BBC Radio 1  the 25th March 1987.

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Palais Schaumburg, grand disque !