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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

juHrop by Frieder Butzmann - a Klingon opera 💫


Frieder Butzmann
juHrop - Szenen und Arien aus einer Oper in klingonischer Sprache

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Diamanda Galás is a legend. Frieder Butzmann has been referred to as the "father of German experimental music", yet he is still unknown to the most. Now is the time. A unique amalgamated mixture of lysergic electronica, an aural whirlwind filled with surreal ramblings, tape collages, field recording, phone calls, roaring sounds, chirping cricket orchestras, squealing sound fragments of synthesizers galore. 

Stratospheric music excursions into the vast unexcavated canyons and dungeons of your mind. A colorful, drawn out of weirdness, Space Opera..

The opera “juHrop” was recorded with great effort at the Studio für Komische Musik Berlin and at the studio of Diamanda Galas in New York from 1996 to 2001. It is orchestral music produced with electronic devices and voices of Chinese singer Wu JiangDavid Moss, Diamanda Galas, Udo ScheuerpflugMargarete Huber and the Moabiter Motettenchor. It was broadcasted in full length on “Deutschlandradio Kultur” in 2009.

«The Klingons are martial bullheads. They are known as the warlike people from the planet Thlingan from the TV series Star Trek. But the Klingons also love music and poetry. Their greatest poet was Shakespeare from Earth, who was supposedly one of their own. The Klingon opera “juHrop” (pronounced tschuch-rop, meaning homesickness) plays unrestrainedly with timpani and trumpets on a heroic monumental orchestra, enriched by synthetic Gregorian chants and electronic hi- and lo-fi effects. The story is as bloodthirsty and heartbreaking as its setting. The vocals are Klingon and Chinese.» (Frieder Butzmann)

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