About this project
‘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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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