GOLEM "Orion Awakes"
New digipack edition!


Epic early to mid-1970's instrumental psychedelic space-rock from the Pyramid Records archive, pseudonymous after-hours studio sessions featuring the biggest names on the Krautrock scene at the time; heavy drums, jamming guitars and Hammond organ: in short, and amazing improvised free-form trip of impressive magnitude, on par with the music of Krautrock heavyweights like Neu! and Gila. An adventurous atmosphere throughout, whether the result is hallucinogenic and jazzy ('Jupiter'), the heavy freak and roll of 'The Returning,' with crushing guitars and massive, repetitive almost funky rhythm, or the Jimi Hendrix-inspired 'Godhead Dance.' Our CD booklet essay examines controversy surrounding this and other recordings first made known to the world via Virgin Records' three disc "Unknown Deutschland" compilations from the 1990’s, including the fact that one "Genius P Orridge" is named as producer of the Golem album. It’s clear enough to all that Genius P Orridge is strangely similar to the name Genesis P Orridge, he of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV fame. The fact that the other names on the Golem album jacket lead nowhere only adds to the confusion. Like the other Pyramid Records titles, Golem was recorded by the "Mad Twiddler" (Toby Hrycek-Robinson) around the time he worked for Karlheinz Stockhausen at Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Köln; likely at Dieter Dierks' studio. In any case, a deep and fascinating record, still fresh despite the years... and meant to be played loud.

"Back in 1996 I had a long discussion with Toby Robinson about these recordings. He was definitely no hoaxer... The conversation moved on to talking about his work as a sound archivist for Karlheinz Stockhausen and as collaborator with Peter Eotvos. (His brother Michael Robinson was the experimental new-music group Gentle Fire who worked on Stockhausen's "Sternklang"). We also talked about his days at Dierks Studio, working with Mythos, Birth Control, etc.., the unique character of Dieter Dierks modified Mellotron which you can hear quite distinctively on a lot of these recordings, and how they'd while away slack late nights jamming with musicians. More evidence? Reinhard Karwatky's involvement (from Dzyan, his improv "Air" trio grew out of these Pyramid sessions), and people from Birth Control being involved, all ties the history together."—Alan Freeman, co-author of Crack in the Cosmic Egg

•"A space-rockin' hybrid of Gila and instrumental Hendrix type moves... a lost classic of Krautrock without a doubt, with a music that blends everything from Neu! to Novalis, and all crammed full of solos."

•Fancy digipack edition of one of our most requested back catalogue titles

•Limited to 500 copies

Track List
01. Orion Awakes (7:24)
02. Stellar Launch (7:36)
03. Godhead Dance (6:34)
     a) Signal b) Noise c) Rebirth
04. Jupiter & Beyond (14:25)
05. The Returning (6:33)

Catalogue number: ACLN 1014CD
UPC: 778578101428