Communication (Karl Bartos album)

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Communication
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Studio album by Karl Bartos
Released 2003 (2003)
Genre Synthpop, electronica
Length 45:41
Label Home, Sony, Columbia
Producer Karl Bartos
Karl Bartos chronology
Electric Music
(1998)
Communication
(2003)
Off the Record
(2013)
Singles from Communication
  1. "15 Minutes Of Fame"
    Released: 2000
  2. "I'm The Message"
    Released: 2003
  3. "Camera Obscura"
    Released: 2005
  4. "Life"
    Released: 2016
  5. "I'm The Message (Matthew Herbert Remix)"
    Released: 2016
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Hour Community 1.5/5 stars[2]
Release Magazine 8/10 stars[3]

Communication released in 2003, is the first solo album of Karl Bartos, featuring such songs as "I'm the Message", "The Camera" and "Life". Some editions of the CD comes in a special Burgopak [1] -case, which is unusual in that the CD tray and booklet both emerge sliding out from opposite sides of the case and must be opened together.

According to Karl Bartos, the album is a concept album about electronic media:

»Communication« is about the way images shape our view of the world and how electronic media is going to change the contents of our culture"

— Karl Bartos in 2003, [4]

The album was re-released on March 25, 2016 on CD and Vinyl, including remastered tracks and the bonus song "Camera Obscura".[5]

Release[edit]

The limited edition was issued as CD Extra and contains the video clip for "I'm the Message" as well as a download link for two remixes of the song by Felix Da Housecat and Orbital.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Karl Bartos, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "The Camera" 3:56
2. "I'm the Message" 5:01
3. "15 Minutes of Fame" (Written by Bartos and Anthony Rother) 4:10
4. "Reality" 4:40
5. "Electronic Apeman" 5:36
6. "Life" 3:30
7. "Cyberspace" 6:32
8. "Interview" 4:43
9. "Ultraviolet" 4:07
10. "Another Reality" 3:26
Japanese edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "I'm the Message (Orbital Mix)" 6:41
12. "I'm the Message (X-Traterrestial Mix by Felix Da Housecat)" 8:36
2016 Re-issue
No. Title Length
10. "Camera Obscura" 6:31
11. "Another Reality" 3:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Karl Bartos – production, vocals, electronic instruments
  • Mathias Black – mixing, mastering

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 85
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carruthers, Sean. Karl Bartos: Communication > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  2. ^ O'Meara, Jamie (8 January 2004). "Karl Bartos – Communication". Hour Community. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Forsberg, Niklas (20 September 2003). "Karl Bartos: Communication". Release Magazine. Release Musik & Media. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.karlbartos.com/messagenew/346/20160209.html
  5. ^ http://www.electricity-club.co.uk/lost-albums-karl-bartos-communication/
  6. ^ Communication (Back cover). Karl Bartos. Home, Sony. 2003. 
  7. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 19 Oktober 2003.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Karl Bartos – Communication". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 Oktober 2003.

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