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CAN founding member Irmin Schmidt releases retrospective box set ‘Electro Violet’ holding 12 CDs + listen to a previously unreleased track

Out on November 20th is “Electro Violet”, a 12 CD strong career spanning retrospective box set by Can founding member Irmin Schmidt. The set holds his entire solo work from 1981 to the present day and will be out on Mute / Spoon Records. The 12 CD set is available here on Amazon


The collection travels through his “Gormenghast” opera, solo albums, collaborations with Kumo (Jono Podmore) and Duncan Fallowell, plus his extensive film soundtrack work. All six solo albums are featured in Irmin Schmidt’s “Electro Violet” boxset alongside six soundtrack CDs that provide an overview of Schmidt’s work for film, including a previously unreleased album, “Film Musik Anthology Vol. 6”.

The “Electro Violet” box comes with a 40-page booklet, featuring new liner notes from Max Dax and Irmin Schmidt. Each album is presented in an individual gatefold sleeve with the artwork, entitled ‘Bärenkuss 5’, coming from longtime friend and Berlin artist, Franek. The original art measures at 5×4 feet.

Listen to “Why Not”, an unreleased track from the box set below taken from the soundtrack of German director Stephan Wagner’s 2012 film, “Lösegeld” (produced by WDR / ARD). It features Markus Stockhausen (son of Karlheinz Stockhausen) on trumpet.