Heins Hoffman-Richter – Music to Freak Your Friends and Break your Lease.

Another rare one for your listening pleasure today.

Heins(z) Hoffman-Richter  – real name Rodney Marvin McKuen but also travelling under the alias of Rod McKuen – is an American singer/songwriter, composer, musician and poet. he was born in Oakland California.  he is one of the pioneers of futuristic music, and pops up occasionally here and there, getting some and more acclaim for all his incredible work.

From Rod MKuen’s blog:

He is featured on a new P22 CD #005 “FUTURISMO, The Soundtrack to a font.” No description I could offer at this point would be apt enough, so let me quote from the CD liner notes.

“Heinz Hoffman Richter • Symphony for Tape Delay, IBM Instruction Manuel & Ohm Septet, Third Movement: To the general public, little is known of the composer, conductor & musicologist. He defied categorization in his music by using several aliases throughout his career. His explorations into electronic music were sadly thought to have been cut short to an ear lobe tumor, which ironically left him unable to appreciate his own compositions. He persevered however and like Beethoven, some of his later hearing impaired works were judged among his best. In 1975, his Cantata for reverb-a-phone, kitchen utensils and 21 male vices, “My Love Lies Sleeping With A Male Chorus”, won the Gibraltar Festival of Light Bevans Jay award and the French Grande Prix du Disc. This selection explores sound composition as dictated by schematics for various electronic devices, such as delayed analog warp.”

Besides having the coolest title ever, Music to Freak Your Friends and Break your Lease is a stunning collections of lets-get-loose futuristic freak music. Because its so well crafted, a higher opportunity remains for that getting completely lost feel. It’s beautiful, and has a deep gentleness behind it – loving hands – that give the music a lilting whisper when electronic future music can be so pointy and jarring on occasion. The music starts with the kinds of sounds we are used to in futuristic music and then moves into more complexity with songs like “Gidget get’s in trouble” (and how did she, we tantalizingly ask) and “Send Out the Clowns” (you tube link above).

This was a stunning listening experience.

Released in 1974 – I’m not actually sure where to get it now. (Oh – except that magical place that can no longer be mentioned)