@JERO – I'm glad to hear you found your way into Magma. They are a band who, for me, extraordinary is a perfectly apt description. I first heard them about five or six years ago when a friend posted a live video of De Futura online. I was mesmerised and decided I had to hear more. I managed to get a very cheap copy of a double live album and listened to Theusz Hamtaahk. That night I could hardly sleep. I was tossing and turning, having feverish visions of dark, dank caves on alien planets and woke up sweating. Every time I closed my eyes, the wierd chanting in my head set off more uncomfortable subconscious reactions. After that I was hooked. What music could do this? Although I never had as visceral an experience again, I still have flashbacks and often find the music transporting me to unusual places. I have managed to see Magma three times since then and they are superb live – really worth checking out. They're back on tour later this year but I don't see any dates in NL. Perhaps you can make it to Brussels.
I also highly recommend checking out albums by a Magma offshoot called One Shot. They have many of the musical elements of Magma, but no vocals and somewhat more fusion oriented. They only released a few albums about ten years ago, but they are fantastic.
I don't know if you will be able to access it or not, but here is a brilliant video from last year of Bent getting down to Magma:
Bent geting down to Magma
Thanx for that link, Punj, fun to watch! And I'll try to fulfill that adagium "every human should have seen Magma live at least once" in october Brussels. Today their boxset of 12 live cd's will arrive (that means I've allready spent my fun-budget for this month) and it's a perfect rainy day to further explore their stuff, while working on some of my paintings!Maybe this should have been filed under "Motorpsycho and…" but I now see the influence of Magma compositional structures on KFFF, which is certainly not a bad thing, so I posted within this thread.
@JERO – I bought that live boxset last time I saw them. It's a real treasure trove. Have fun.
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