A hitherto-unreleased electronic masterpiece from Roland Kayn, singular pioneer of cybernetic music.
Over a period spanning the late 70s through the early 80s, Kayn (19332011) issued a quintet of extended works that quietly but definitively redrew the map of electronic music. Informed by cybernetics and a desire to actualise analogue circuitry as an agency in the compositional process, this music adopted a form that can only be described as oceanic, as side after side of vinyl allowed a wholly new vocabulary of electronic sound to find its shape.
In the decades that followed, these multi-LP boxed-set releases became hallowed documents of contemporary music (as well as highly prized collectors items). Kayns initially subtle influence belied a gradual shift towards the widespread adoption of his ideas and practices in the 21st century, incorporating both the rise in popularity of modular synthesis as a music-making tool, and the huge advancements in machine learning and AI.
Following the recent reissue of Simultan (1977) and the first-time release of late work A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound (2009), it was clear that a new generation of listeners and musicians were eager to discover Kayns vision in all its vastness.
The time has come for perhaps the most significant missing piece in the puzzle to be made available. Scanning (1982-1983) was both the most fully realised consolidation of Kayns conception of cybernetic music and a hugely personal artistic statement. Besides a single festival presentation and a tantalising radio broadcast in 2004, it has remained widely unheard since its completion. Until now.
Kayns own label, Reiger Records Reeks, has been reawakened by his daughter Ilse, and her long-cherished dream of releasing this music is now finally a reality. Across 10 CDs of immersive audio, expertly remastered by Kayn aficionado Jim ORourke, listeners are now finally able to digest Kayns little-known masterpiece, and to inhabit sonic territory that has waited unspoilt for decades.