The kosmische re-issue features interpretations from JD Twitch and Oneohtrix Point Never among others.
Later this winter, New York label Rvng Intl. will re-release Harald Grosskopf's debut album Synthesist, complete with a collection of covers by contemporary artists, aptly titled Re-Synthesist.
During his heyday in the 1970s, Grosskopf played percussion for some of the most important bands in kraut rock, including the likes of Ash Ra Tempel and Klaus Schulze. In the summer of 1979, he decided to record his first solo work, so he holed up in a rickety home studio out in the West German countryside with a MiniMoog and Revox Reel-to-Reel. The result was Synthesist, a melodic, jam-based and very spaced out record that remains a favorite among electronic artists today.
The new re-issue features re-mastered versions of the eight original tracks, alongside a compilation of homages and interpretations from new artists. Entitled Re-Synthesist, the latter disc shows where Grosskopf's influence lies today: psychedelic drone acts like Oneohtrix Point Never, cosmic disco artists like ARP, and lovers of obscure gems such as Optimo's JD Twitch. The deluxe package also comes with liner notes in German and English written by Grosskopf himself. Check out an excerpt of the title track below, complete with animation from video artist and yo-yo champion Sid Seed.
01. So Weit, So Gut
02. B. Aldrian
05. 1847- Earth
07. Transcendental Overdrive
08. Tai Ki
01. Bronze - So Weit, So Gut
02. CFCF - B. Aldrian
03. Jar Moff - B. Aldrian
04. Arp - Emphasis
05. JD Twitch - Emphasize
06. Blondes - Synthesist
07. Snoretex - Synthesist
08. Stellar Om Source - 1847 - Earth
09. Oneohtrix Point Never - Trauma 2010
10. Keyhole Voyeur (AKA James Ferraro) - WISHMASTER (Transcendental Overdrive Zone)
11. Pink Skull - Tai Ki
Rvng Intl. will release Synthesist / Re-Synthesist on February 15th, 2011.