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Zeuhl is a subgenre of progressive rock and jazz-rock initiated in France during the 1970s by the French progressive rock band Magma.[1]


Zeuhl (pronounced [tsɔɪl] or [d͡zøːl]) means celestial in Kobaïan,[3] the constructed language created by Christian Vander of the band Magma.[4] Originally applied solely to the music of Magma, the term "zeuhl" was eventually used to describe the similar music produced by French bands,[5] beginning in the 1970s.[6]

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  1. ^ McLatchey, Mike. "The Guide to Progressive Rock Genres". gepr.net. 
  2. ^ "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Magma: K.A". Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  3. ^ Stump, Paul (July 1995). "Different Drummer: Magma – interview with Christian Vander, page 3 (dead link)". The Wire. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  4. ^ Culshaw, Peter (1 October 2009). "Magma interview for Celestial Mass". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  5. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The rough guide to rock. Rough Guides. pp. 629–630. ISBN 1-84353-105-4. 
  6. ^ Anderston, Chris. A many-headed beast: progressive rock as European meta-genre. Cambridge University Press. pp. 417–435. JSTOR 40926943.