Zeuhl

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Zeuhl
Stylistic origins Progressive rock, Rock in Opposition, jazz fusion, experimental rock, art rock, opera
Typical instruments Guitar, bass, synthesizer, piano, drums

Zeuhl (pronounced [tsɔɪl] or [d͡zøːl]) means celestial in Kobaïan,[1] the constructed language created by Christian Vander of the band Magma.[2] Originally solely applied to the music of Magma, the term zeuhl was eventually used to describe the similar music produced by French bands,[3] beginning in the mid-1970s. Although primarily a French phenomenon, zeuhl has influenced recent avant-garde Japanese bands.[4]

Zeuhl typically blends progressive rock, symphonic rock, fusion, neoclassicism, avant-rock, and vocal elements of African-American spirituals and Western military call and response.[citation needed] Common aspects include dissonance, marching themes, throbbing bass, keyboards including piano, Rhodes piano, or organ, and brass instruments.[citation needed] Zeuhl shares much in common with the Rock in Opposition movement, and many bands have participated in RIO festivals.

[Z]euhl sounds like, well, about what you'd expect an alien rock opera to sound like: massed, chanted choral motifs, martial, repetitive percussion, sudden bursts of explosive improv and just as unexpected lapses into eerie, minimalist trance-rock

—Dominique Leone, review[5] of Magma's 2004 album K.A. on Pitchfork Media

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stump, Paul (July 1995). "Different Drummer: Magma – interview with Christian Vander, page 3". The Wire. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  2. ^ Culshaw, Peter (1 October 2009). "Magma interview for Celestial Mass". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  3. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The rough guide to rock. Rough Guides. pp. 629–630. ISBN 1-84353-105-4. 
  4. ^ "Magma: Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh". Tiny Mix Tapes. Archived from the original on 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  5. ^ "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Magma: K.A". Retrieved 2010-02-08.