Magma – Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh


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Magma – Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh
Author: Christian Vander
Publication date: 1973
Playing time: 38:50
Format: mp3 256 kbps, PDF
Size: 72 MB
Language: Kobaïan

Magma is a French progressive rock band founded in Paris in 1969 by classically trained drummer Christian Vander, who claimed as his inspiration a “vision of humanity’s spiritual and ecological future” that profoundly disturbed him. In the course of their first album, the band tells the story of a group of people fleeing a doomed Earth to settle on the planet Kobaïa. Later, conflict arises when the Kobaïans — descendants of the original colonists — encounter other Earth refugees. A remarkable aspect of Magma’s albums is that Vander actually invented a constructed language, Kobaïan, in which most lyrics are sung, band members spoke this language in their everyday life and never published any accounts on it. Later albums told different stories set in more ancient times; however the Kobaïan language remained an integral part of the music.
Considered by many to be musically adventurous and imaginative, Magma makes extensive use of the choral format, their album Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh being particularly reminiscent of the classical composer Carl Orff.
As with most of their albums, Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh is sung completely in their own fictional language, Kobaïan. It continues to describe Christian Vander’s visions of an Apocalyptic future of the Earth. In the case of this record the story is of the prophet Nebehr Güdahtt. He tells the people of the Earth that if they want to save themselves, they must work to cleanse themselves and sing the “Zeuhl Wortz” — ‘Music of the Speres’ — the sacred Kobaïan music — in worship of Kreuhn Kohrmahn, the Kobaïan supreme being. The people of the Earth don’t believe this and start marching against him. Slowly some people begin to believe him and start marching with him instead of against him.
The album is accompanied by Kobaïan lyrics and a short Kobaïan-English glosary – everything which is known now about this obscure language of a distant planet. Unfortunately Unicode has no symbols for some of Kobaïan letters, like ‘w-umlaut’ or ‘w-acute’ etc.
Personnel
* Christian Vander — Drums, Vocals, Organ, Percussion
* Jannick Top — Bass
* Klaus Blasquiz — Vocals, Percussion
* Jean Luc Manderlier — Piano, Organ
* Rene Garber — Bass Clarinet, Vocals
* Claude Olmos — Guitar
* Stella Vander — Vocals
* Muriel Streisfield — Vocals
* Evelyne Razymovski — Vocals
* Michele Saulnier — Vocals
* Doris Reinhardt — Vocals
* Teddy Lasry — Brass, Flute
with
* Giorgio Gomelsky — Producer
* Eddie Sprigg — Engineer
* Gilbert — Engineer
* Gilles Sallé — Engineer
* Simon Heyworth — Engineer
* Steve Michell — Engineer
* Tom Rabstener — Engineer
* Loulou Sarkissian — Stage Manager

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