The Can saga continues with the November 24 th release of a double DVD (available in PAL and NTSC) featuring Can Notes, a new film compiled by Peter Przygodda (editor of most of Wim Wenders' films) that uses intimate, 'behind the scenes' footage including images from the Can Solo Projects Tour, taken by group manager Hildegard Schmidt between 1997-9.

The DVD also includes the classic Can-Documentary by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher of Austrian program-maker DoRo Productions, alongside the film of The Can Free Concert filmed by Robby Müller and directed by Peter Przygodda . The film of the show, which took place in front of 10000 spectators in Cologne in 1972, was previously included alongside the Can-Documentary on the Can Box 30th Anniversary Strictly Limited Edition.

The release also features a photo gallery plus three new remixes in Surround 5.1 - one each by Irmin, Jaki and Holger - engineered by Jono Podmore (Kumo) - as well as studio footage of the remix process. Further items include a complete discography with tracklistings and release dates, a short film made by Brian Eno to mark Can's Echo Award for lifetime achievement and footage from the Echo Awards ceremony itself.

The package also comes with an audio CD of Can solo recordings, new interviews with the band at the CAN Studio and a weblink to an exclusive Can site where photos and interviews can be downloaded and printed out. Screenings of the new DVD are scheduled at Sound Unseen in Minneapolis and at the Frank O. Gehry-designed Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle.

see also a comment of the Guardian


The CAN Studio is now in the process of being taken over by the new German Rock'n'Pop Museum and will be transported to a building next to the museum, situated in Gronau near the Dutch border, early next year. Everything from the former cinema outside Cologne, where such classics as Tago Mago and Future Days were recorded, including the 1500 mattresses soundproofing its walls and ceilings, will be dismantled, moved and reconstructed to scale.


Irmin Schmidt & Kumo, a.k.a. Masters Of Confusion are playing selected dates this autumn and winter including concerts at the Festival de Musiques Contemporaines in Strasbourg and at the Berlin Philharmonic on 12th January.

CONDUCTORS BERLIN (Isolde E. Ruck & Matthias Grenda) have been appointed to be co-management for Irmin Schmidt & Kumo, and will stage the concert in Berlin on January 12th 2004


The German music magazine Intro presents a CAN SPECIAL at the Christuskirche, Werderstraße, Köln on Friday 9th January 2004. Featuring a live performance by Irmin Schmidt and Kumo and an exclusive presentation of exerpts from the new Can DVD, the night will provide a cross-section of Can's history.

Doors open: 18.30
Showtime: 19.30 (precisely!)
o10 in advance, o13 on the door
Tickets available via:

Meanwhile, a new production of Irmin Schmidt's opera Gormenghast, based on the Mervyn Peake trilogy, starts rehersals in November directed by Andreas Baesler www.Andreas-Baesler.de
The production is scheduled to travel to several European cities starting in May 2004.
Producer : Joachim Arnold info@musiktheater.de
cooperations :
1. Zeltpalast Merzig
2. Mechanischen Werkstatt der "Alten Schmelz St. Ingbert"
3. Grand Théatre Luxembourg
4. "la Condition Publique" in Lille-Roubaix


A sound installation made by Irmin Schmidt and Kumo for the Barbican Centre as part of the Elektronik festival held in October 2001, is now available as a travelling sonic exhibition for public spaces.
The installation, titled "Flys, Guys and Choirs", focuses on the idea of transformation - transformation of sound, transformation of space, transformation of perception. An array of speakers sonically define the installation space while familiar sounds dissolve into the imaginary through electronic processing.

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