why we love this

A gentle and intimate album that envelopes the listener in smooth, reverberating tones of the acoustic guitar, occasionally veiled by a soft and whispering voice. An ode to elegance.⁠

about the record

A painter and musician from Aachen, Germany, Günther Beckers created his third album ’Walkman' to coincide with an exhibition of his latest body of artwork in 1982. Released on his very own 'Milky Music' label with a run of just 500 copies, most copies of the album remained amongst art collectors and with the painter himself. Rediscovered a few years ago through a friend of Music From Memory in the archives of a local radio station where all but one of the stations copies had been destroyed, it has been an album the label have been in love with since the first listen.

Always exploring new ideas and the possibilities of technology within his music, Günther would record the ‘Walkman’ album utilizing the ‘Kunstkopf’ technique of sound recording. Kunstkopf or ‘Dummy Head’ recording is a 3D audio recording technology that enables listeners to define each source of sound as if they were in the original recording situation itself. Using two microphones which are usually mounted in the ears of a mannequin, the technique exploits certain basic principles of human spatial hearing.

Listeners to ‘Kunstkopf’ recordings are encouraged to listen to such recordings on headphones, as the 3D perception is often greatly diminished on speakers. With the title ‘Walkman’ G.B. Beckers was very much hoping the album would be enjoyed on headphones, even portably through a Walkman.

  1. 1 - Klangschwaden 5:11
  2. 2 - Walkman 5:23
  3. 3 - Kichina 3:56
  4. 4 - Torso 0:58
  5. 5 - Farbflügel 4:55
  6. 6 - Flugzeit 4:23
  7. 7 - Herzschläg 4:07
  8. 8 - Farbwalzer 3:52
  9. 9 - Vollmond 4:50
  10. 10 - Zeitlupentraum 4:15

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  1. 1 - Klangschwaden 5:11
  2. 2 - Walkman 5:23
  3. 3 - Kichina 3:56
  4. 4 - Torso 0:58
  5. 5 - Farbflügel 4:55
  6. 6 - Flugzeit 4:23
  7. 7 - Herzschläg 4:07
  8. 8 - Farbwalzer 3:52
  9. 9 - Vollmond 4:50
  10. 10 - Zeitlupentraum 4:15

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why we love this

A gentle and intimate album that envelopes the listener in smooth, reverberating tones of the acoustic guitar, occasionally veiled by a soft and whispering voice. An ode to elegance.⁠

about the record

A painter and musician from Aachen, Germany, Günther Beckers created his third album ’Walkman' to coincide with an exhibition of his latest body of artwork in 1982. Released on his very own 'Milky Music' label with a run of just 500 copies, most copies of the album remained amongst art collectors and with the painter himself. Rediscovered a few years ago through a friend of Music From Memory in the archives of a local radio station where all but one of the stations copies had been destroyed, it has been an album the label have been in love with since the first listen.

Always exploring new ideas and the possibilities of technology within his music, Günther would record the ‘Walkman’ album utilizing the ‘Kunstkopf’ technique of sound recording. Kunstkopf or ‘Dummy Head’ recording is a 3D audio recording technology that enables listeners to define each source of sound as if they were in the original recording situation itself. Using two microphones which are usually mounted in the ears of a mannequin, the technique exploits certain basic principles of human spatial hearing.

Listeners to ‘Kunstkopf’ recordings are encouraged to listen to such recordings on headphones, as the 3D perception is often greatly diminished on speakers. With the title ‘Walkman’ G.B. Beckers was very much hoping the album would be enjoyed on headphones, even portably through a Walkman.

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