German Electronic Pioneers You's 'Laserscape' Gets Reissue Treatment
Published Jul 05, 2013A couple of years back, Hamburg label Bureau B dug into the archives to reissue a couple of albums by long-gone Germany electronic duo You. Later his summer, Udo Hanten and Albin Meskes' decades-old collaborations will once again receive the reissue treatment via the same label. Laserscape is due out on August 23 on 180-gram vinyl, CD and digital download.
This album was created for a laser performance, also called Laserscape, by German designer/artist Horst H. Baumann. They unveiled the open-air installation in 1985, and the music portion was broadcast on the radio.
The album, released in 1986, was then assembled from pieces of the event's soundtrack. Recording took place at You's own studio and at the Berlin facility operated by Tangerine Dream's Christoph Franke. Classical guitarist Jaime Zenamon appears on two tracks, while only one song uses drums (or, more specifically, a drum machine).
An announcement describes the album like this: "The music resembles the laser events: simultaneously dark and dazzling. Multilayered drones, some over 13 minutes long, evocative of Blade Runner's menacing atmosphere, sometimes laced with driving, pulsating sequences, typical of the so-called Berlin School."
The reissue comes with a bonus track recorded during the aforementioned radio broadcast of the laser show; this is the same recording that appeared on a prior CD reissue (which you can check out over at Discogs).
Hear some pieces of the album (including an extract of the live performance) at the bottom of this page, below the tracklist.
1. Passing Landscapes
2. Can You Tell Me Where I Am
3. Changing Rooms
4. Travelling Hologram
5. Scanned Noises
6. Curious Phenomena Part I
7. Curious Phenomena Part II
8. Laserscape Live