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The limited edition solo box-set from the founder of YELLO.             
Three hours of unreleased soundtracks spanning 5 decades.
The limited edition solo box-set from the founder of YELLO. Three hours of unreleased soundtracks spanning 5 decades.
696 backers pledged £62,147 to help bring this project to life.

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‘ELECTRIFIED’ by BORIS BLANK

ELECTRIFIED is finally finished. Three albums, four formats and five decades of work, assembled into one beautifully packaged box-set. Help us release the remarkable history of the electronic genius, Boris Blank.

Boris Blank is the founder member of YELLO. Along with Dieter Meier, they created one of the most influential electronic bands of the last 40 years. Their unique combination of music, video, art and humour has left a lasting impression on a generation of artists and fans.

During this time, Boris wrote many soundtrack ideas that were never publicly released. ELECTRIFIED is a collection of 58 unreleased soundtracks presented across four formats. In the analog domain, there are 3 vinyl LPs (180gm) and one metal-tape audio cassette. For those who prefer CD, the mini-box contains the 3 vinyl LPs as a double CD. Twelve films and animations are included on the DVD.

ELECTRIFIED contains the songs, remixes and extended versions from the Avant Garden soundtrack series. There are new pieces written this year plus 'Rote Fabrik', a rare album from the 1977-83 archive and a fascinating insight into the building blocks of Solid Pleasure and Claro Que Si. Finally, there's a 36-page booklet of personal Boris Blank photographs, biography and comments.

WHY KICKSTARTER? We wanted to put together a deluxe package of rare material that otherwise wouldn't see the light of day. This is a collector's item for the fans.

ELECTRIFIED : '84-14 (VINYL)

All the music is hidden in the picture. On the left, there are the 3 vinyl LPs (VOL 1-2-3) each with their own cover. In the top right hand corner is the 2CD/DVD mini-box. Next to that the cassette and below that the booklet. Let's have a look at the track-list :

SIDE 1 : The Time Tunnel - Big Beans - A Touch Of Magic - Licht Haus - Random Tox - The Last Mile  SIDE 2 : Electrified - Cigarette Girl - Key Largo - Ancore - The Bridge - Big City Grill - Fat Roller - Body Electric - Bosphorus  SIDE 3 : Future Past - You Can Have It - Pacific Light - Midnight Procession - Missing Orbit - Meccano Dreams - Neutrino Lab  SIDE 4 : One Minute To Go - They're Still Here - Cult Of Mirrors - Night Train - Dome - Heaven's Below - Ask The Stones  SIDE 5 :  Inner Mountain - Escape Route - Elektro Kabinett - The Astrologer - Ancient Desire - Open The Box - Faces In Clouds SIDE 6 : Intervals - Too Many Questions - She's Got Balls - Lost Languages - Out Of Chaos - Song For Sirens - K2 - Open Sky - Per Nino (Basta Reb).

ELECTRIFIED : MINI-BOX (2CD/DVD)

The box within the box. This is all of the '83-14 material on a double CD and DVD packaged in it's own miniature box, discretely hidden in the Zurich skyline :

CD1 : Side 1-2-3 of the vinyl (95-14) : CD2 : Side 4-5-6 of the vinyl (83-94) : DVD Films and new animations for : One Minute To Go, The Time Tunnel 12", Pacific Light, Electrified, Ancore, Big City Grill, Future Past, Fat Roller, Ancient Desire, Lost Languages and K2. Further works by these film-makers will be posted at BORIS BLANK ELECTRIFIED.

Remember this isn't a Yello album. ELECTRIFIED is here to present the unreleased soundtrack material from the 70s to the present day. Boris finished a whole series of neo-classical experiments in the 80s, one of them appeared, but the rest, sadly, didn't. The song VIOLETTA on ROTE FABRIK is mind-blowing, it's also the second part of the much-loved and very rare TWO WORLDS.

ELECTRIFIED : ROTE FABRIK '77-83 (TAPE)

SIDE 7 : Oranges - Aqua Marine - Echo Gang - Traum Blau - Turquize - Young Dr. Kirk - Violetta  SIDE 8 : Granada Kiss - Islamabad Moon - Sparks - Point Printer - LM2 - Light Water.

Going even further back : the formative years of analog synths to the arrival of the Fairlight CMI sampler. Songs were mastered onto a Revox A77 2-track or sometimes just an audio cassette. Some of these early recordings are elemental so we've kept to the historic cassette format. In case your beloved cassette player ended up on eBay, you can download this album as a HIGH DEFINITION/mp3 download as part of the box-set.

ELECTRIFIED : BOOKLET

The 36-page booklet contains Boris's photos and a personal biography about how it all began to where it is now. The master squirrel reveals all.

ELECTRIFIED PROMO CD

ELECTRIFIED PROMO CD (E20). Following requests for CD-only version, we're making 200 copies of the 20-track promo CD available. Worldwide shipping included. Here's the track-list : 01. Electrified 02. The Time Tunnel 03. Escape Route 04. Cigarette Girl 05. A Touch Of Magic 06. The Bridge 07. The Last Mile 08. Key Largo 09. Big Beans 10. Future Past 11. Random Tox 12. Dome 13. Midnight Procession 14. Fat Roller 15. Body Electric 16. Elektro Kabinett 17. She's Got Balls 18. Bosphorus 19. The Astrologer 20. Licht Haus

ELECTRIFIED : DOWNLOAD

HIGH DEFINITION (24-bit 96Khz) and MP3 (320Kbps) versions of all the audio.

ELECTRIFIED : REWARDS

Because of the way Kickstarter is set up, you have to log-in with different email addresses to pledge for more than one item. Please email KS and tell them that it doesn't make sense. The main part of our campaign is the box-set so we can keep the standards high but the cash target as low as possible. All rewards £80 and above include the box-set, downloads and delivery (see courier charges). The rewards are : MP3 : Download of the 3LPs • TUNNEL PROMO : Limited edition12” • HIGH DEFINITION DIGITAL : Pro-audio 24-bit/96Khz • LYRIC SHEET : Autographed letterhead • ELECTRIFIED BOX-SET : contains 3LP-2CD-1DVD-1MC-BOOKLET • ALBUM CREDIT : your name in the booklet • NUMBERED-AUTOGRAPHED : 50 numbered signed copies • SKYPE-AUTOGRAPHED : 50 signed copies live on skype • YOUTUBE AUTOGRAPHED : 50 numbered signed copies, a filmed dedication to you, posted on YouTube • ZURICH TOUR : spend the day with Boris.

ELECTRIFIED : LAUNCH PARTIES/LISTENING SESSIONS

Launch parties are planned for Berlin and Zurich and there will be an audiophile listening session in London and New York. Dates and ticket availability will released soon.

ELECTRIFIED : YELLOFIER

Special edition of electrified mayhem for the Yellofier app. Boris Blank and Håkan Lidbo have produced 4 new banks of blistering beats and noises. Not for the faint-hearted. Available through the App Store in August.

Risks and challenges

BORIS BLANK ELECTRIFIED will be released on his new imprint BLANK MEDIA. The process has already started. The design is finished, the songs are mastered and we're using the impeccable CLEAR SOUND & VISION for manufacture whose attention to detail is legendary. ELECTRIFIED will be pressed by OPTIMAL MEDIA in Germany and the costs are very significant but we can turn this around in 6 weeks when the funding is in place. So, as long as we meet our target, we'll have the box-set out on August 18th 2014.

We've given ourselves a window of a further 4 weeks to get all the rewards out to you. Obviously, if there are delays we'll let you know. Boris is fully committed to this and we’re looking forward to meeting you at the launch parties and listening sessions. If this project goes well, Boris has some interesting ideas for 2015.

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    MP3 DIGITAL (320Kbps). Download of the three albums for entry-level backers. All of the audio content except the cassette. The MP3s are mastered by Ursli 'Fraunhofer' Weber ******************************************************************************
    MP3 DIGITAL (320 Kbps) Download der drei Alben für den Einstiegs- unterstützer. Enthalten sind sämtliche Audio-Inhalte mit Ausnahme der Kassette. Die MP3s wurden von Ursli „Fraunhofer“ Weber gemastert.

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    TUNNEL PROMO : Limited edition 12" of TIME TUNNEL (5:23min) plus the fabulous BIG BEANS (4:50min). Sold separately from the box-set. ****************************************************************************** TUNNEL PROMO: Limitierte 12” Auflage von THE TIME TUNNEL (5:23min) Remixes, plus das grossartige Stück BIG BEANS (4:50min), welche getrennt von dem Box-Set verkauft wird.

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    LYRIC SHEET : Printed on the ELECTRIFIED letterhead and autographed, the lyric sheet for an instrumental album makes a perfect minimalist contribution to your home or office. ****************************************************************************** SONGTEXT : Gedruckt auf ELECTRIFIED Briefpapier und handsigniert. Der Songtext von einem Instrumental-Album, ein perfekter minimalistischer Beitrag in Ihr Haus oder Büro.

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    HI-DEFINITION DIGITAL download (24-bit 96Khz).
    For the audiophiles who can't make it to the listening sessions. All the audio content is included except the cassette. ****************************************************************************** HI-DEFINITION DIGITAL Download (24-bit 96Khz). Für die Audiophilen, die es nicht zu den Anhör-Veranstaltungen schaffen. Alle Audio-Tracks sind enthalten mit Ausnahme der Kassette.

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    ELECTRIFIED PROMO CD (E20). Following requests for CD-only version, we're making 200 copies of the 20-track promo CD available (E20). Worldwide shipping included. Here's the track-list :

    01. Electrified 02. The Time Tunnel 03. Escape Route 04. Cigarette Girl 05. A Touch Of Magic 06. The Bridge 07. The Last Mile 08. Key Largo 09. Big Beans 10. Future Past 11. Random Tox 12. Dome 13. Midnight Procession 14. Fat Roller 15. Body Electric 16. Elektro Kabinett 17. She's Got Balls 18. Bosphorus 19. The Astrologer 20. Licht Haus

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    ELECTRIFIED BOX-SET : ELECTRIFIED contains everything : 3LP-2CD-1DVD-1MC-BOOKLET weighs 2Kg and will be packaged in a solid cardboard container and delivered directly to your door by courier. UK/N.I. shipping is FREE • EU shipping add £15 • ROW shipping add £25 • AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, ISRAEL, N.ZEALAND add £35 • Due to customs restrictions, it is not possible to ship to the Russian Federation. ****************************************************************************** ELECTRIFIED BOX-SET : VERSAND ****************************************************************************** ELECTRIFIED BOX-SET : ELECTRIFIED enthält alles: 3LP-2CD-1DVD-1MC-BOOKLET, Gewicht 2Kg, Verpackung mit solidem Kartonumschlag, Versand durch Kurier direkt an ihre Haustür. Kein Versandzuschlag für UK/Nordirland • EU-Länder Versandzuschlag £15 • AUSTRALIEN, BRASILIEN, ISRAEL, N.ZEALAND Versandzuschlag £35 • Übrige Länder Versandzuschlag £25 • Lieferung in die Russische Förderation ist wegen Zollbeschränkungen nicht möglich.

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    ELECTRIFIED BOX-SET : RUSSIAN FEDERATION DELIVERY IMPORTANT : We can only ship to Russian Federation if you have a BUSINESS address, we cannot ship to a residential address. ELECTRIFIED contains everything : 3LP-2CD-1DVD-1MC-BOOKLET weighs 2Kg and will be packaged in a solid cardboard container and delivered directly to your door by courier.

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    ALBUM CREDIT : Fifty people will be immortalised in the ELECTRIFIED booklet. Includes the box-set and shipping worldwide. ****************************************************************************** ALBUM CREDIT : Ihr Name im Album Booklet: Fünfzig Personen werden im ELECTRIFIED Booklet verewigt. Das Box-Set und die Versandkosten weltweit sind im Preis mit einbegriffen.

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    ELECTRIFIED NUMBERED AUTOGRAPH : Numbered 1001-1050, includes the box-set, all downloads and shipping worldwide. ****************************************************************************** NUMMERIERTES AUTOGRAMM: Nummerierte (1001-1050) Beinhaltet das Box-Set, Downloads und Versand weltweit.

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    ELECTRIFIED SKYPE AUTOGRAPH session and chat with Boris. Includes the box-set and shipping worldwide. ****************************************************************************** SKYPE Autogrammstunde und Chat mit Boris. Beinhaltet das Box-Set und Versand weltweit.

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    YOUTUBE : AUTOGRAPH FILMING SESSION
    Fifty copies will be numbered (101-150) and we'll a make film of Boris autographing each box-set individually. Each separate film will be posted on YouTube and we'll send you the link to your numbered copy. You'll have a unique reference of the occasion. Includes the box-set, shipping worldwide included. ****************************************************************************** YOUTUBE: GEFILMTE AUTOGRAMMSTUNDE. Boris unterschreibt vor laufender Kamera fünfzig nummerierte (101-150) Exemplare. Jeder einzelne Film wird auf YouTube veröffentlicht und wir schicken Ihnen den Link zu Ihrer nummerierten Kopie des Autogramms. Sie bekommen somit einen einzigartigen Beweis des Geschehens. Beinhaltet sind das Box-Set und der weltweite Versand.

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    THE ZURICH TOUR : For two highly committed backers, the chance to spend the day with the man himself in his home town, Zurich. We'll fly you in within Europe and Boris will show you the City, have lunch, visit the Yello Studio, listen to ELECTRIFIED and whatever he's working on, have a walk and then enjoy a very civilised dinner. You will be credited in the booklet along with a special numbered box-set, events from the day will also be filmed and posted on YouTube. Date to be mutually agreed in Aug/Sept 2014. ****************************************************************************** DIE ZÜRICH TOUR: Zwei engagierte Unterstützer erhalten die Möglichkeit, mit keinem Geringeren als Boris “the man himself” den Tag in seiner Heimatstadt Zürich zu verbringen. Wir fliegen Sie innerhalb Europas nach Zürich und Boris wird Ihnen seine Stadt zeigen, mit Ihnen zum Lunch gehen und das Yello Studio besuchen. Dort haben Sie die Möglichkeit, in die Musikwelt von Boris einzutauchen und sich über seine aktuellen Arbeiten zu unterhalten. Ein köstliches Nachtessen und das signierte Box-Set gehören natürlich auch dazu. Ihr Name wird im Booklet eines speziell nummerierten Box-Sets erwähnt. Die Ereignisse des Tages werden gefilmt und auf YouTube veröffentlicht. Das Datum wird gegenseitig vereinbart und findet im August oder Sept 2014 statt.

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