2. Mutability ("A New Beginning Is In The Offing"). Flute – Jaki LiebezeitGuitar, Keyboards – David SylvianMixed By – Sylvian, Czukay.
Bass, Electronics, Guitar, Voice – Holger CzukayFlugelhorn – Markus StockhausenGuitar – Michael KaroliGuitar, Keyboards – David SylvianMixed By – Sylvian, Czukay, Tinner Percussion – Jaki LiebezeitVoice – Michi. B.
When David Sylvian set about making his first solo album, 1984’s Brilliant Trees, he enlisted a handful of former collaborators, including Yellow Magic Orchestra co-founder Ryuichi Sakamoto as well as his Japan bandmates Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri. The most crucial contributions, though, came from an artist with whom he had never worked before: Holger Czukay. Surprisingly, Sylvian’s interest in the German artist’s work derived not from the latter’s tenure in the pioneering krautrock band Can but from his solo albums, particularly his 1979 release Movies. Where Czukay left his most lasting mark was as an improviser. Those qualities, and the two men’s friendship, kept their paths intersecting through the 1980s.
In the European ambient scene, they are fixtures. Flux + Mutability is an album with two long-form compositions. These pieces are deep, expansive atmospheres with eerie samples and vacuous walls of sound. The second piece features only guitars, keyboards, and an African flute.
Both recordings created a delicate, dreamlike aura bathed in lush yet understated atmospherics. But the additional support here by Czukay's bandmates from CAN turned this session into an unofficial Inner Space reunion (the finished album hit the market exactly one month before the final Can LP "Rite Time")
In 1986, David Sylvian and Holger Czukay - founding member and bassist in legendary German Kosmiche band Can - were ostensibly reconvening for Sylvian to record a vocal for Czukay's forthcoming album Rome Remains Rome. The names Plight & Premonition and Flux & Mutability themselves hint at an instability. In Sylvian's words, the sessions seemed to touch on something: A form of music that seemed to have been created while we were absent by instruments abandoned to the earth and the woods, sounded by the coarse winter elements. The version of Plight & Premonition included here was a remix by Sylvian from 2002. All the recordings were fully remastered.
Artist: David Sylvian And Holger Czukay. Album: Plight And Premonition Flux And Mutability. Previously on NewAlbumReleases.
Tracklist Hide Credits
|1||Flux (A Big, Bright, Colourful World)
Flugelhorn – Markus StockhausenGuitar [Guitars] – Michael KaroliGuitar, Bass , Effects [Radio], Voice [Dictaphone] – Holger CzukayGuitar, Keyboards – David SylvianMixed By – Sylvian*, Czukay*, Tinner*Percussion – Jaki LiebezeitVoice – Michi
|2||Mutability ("A New Beginning Is In The Offing")
Flute [African] – Jaki LiebezeitGuitar, Keyboards – David SylvianMixed By – Sylvian*, Czukay*
- Recorded At – Can Studio
- Art Direction – Sylvian*, Fujii*
- Composed By, Producer – Sylvian*, Czukay*
- Engineer – H. Czukay*
- Photography By [Cover Art Photography], Design [Original] – Yuka Fujii
- Photography By [Front Cover Photography] – David Buckland
- Technician [Technical Advice And Assistance] – Rene Tinner*
Notestext on back cover:
℗ & © 1988
CD package: Jewel case with 4-page booklet.
buzzes and fluctuations recorded live at Can studio Dec 88
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout: JPCD9909219
|CDVE 43, CDVE43||David Sylvian ∙ Holger Czukay||David Sylvian ∙ Holger Czukay - Flux + Mutability (CD, Album)||Venture, VENTURE||CDVE 43, CDVE43||UK||1989|
|TCVE 43, TCVE43||David Sylvian ∙ Holger Czukay||David Sylvian ∙ Holger Czukay - Flux + Mutability (Cass, Album)||Virgin, Venture||TCVE 43, TCVE43||UK||1989|
|VJD-32237||David Sylvian • Holger Czukay||David Sylvian • Holger Czukay - Flux + Mutability (CD, Album)||Venture, Virgin Japan||VJD-32237||Japan||1989|
|CAROL 1602-2||David Sylvian ∙ Holger Czukay||David Sylvian ∙ Holger Czukay - Flux + Mutability (CD, Album, RE)||Venture, Caroline Records||CAROL 1602-2||US||Unknown|
|VJCP-23078||David Sylvian ∙ Holger Czukay||David Sylvian ∙ Holger Czukay - Flux + Mutability (CD, Album, RE)||Venture, Virgin Japan||VJCP-23078||Japan||1991|