G. B. Beckers – Walkman
A sublime consummation of guitar and drum machine, originally released in 1982 by the painter and composer G.B. Beckers from Achen, Germany. His third release, Walkman was intended as companion to an exhibition of paintings that year, and released on his own Milky Music label as a limited pressing of only 500 copies.
Beckers was an established guitarist and toured with ECM affiliates such as Alex De Grassi, William Ackerman, Ralph Towner & Larry Coryell; and contributed as a studio musician to a number of releases on Klaus Schulze’s Innovative Communication label. He was also a passionate and creative innovator, welcoming and wielding new technologies in his personal artistic endeavors. Walkman is titled so by way of the experimental sound recording technique Kunstkopf, which Beckers employed to capture these compositions. A 3D audio recording technology based on principles of human spatial hearing, Kunstkopf (“dummy head”) place listeners sonically in the original recording situation itself. The process involves mounting two microphones to the ears of a mannequin (hence the name). Reflecting this image, listeners were encouraged to listen to Walkman on headphones for optimum listening experience.
Reissued by Music from Memory.