An Orchestral Dream Eskilstuna Kulturskola conducted by Thomas Rydell
10" EP (33rpm) Friends of the Fish 53 on sale December 20
It’s amazing what you can find on Youtube – completely by chance. On one occasion I found a version of Tangerine Dream’s ‘Poland’, a totally unexpected version, performed by a group of Swedish students - all non-professionals - under the guidance of a Thomas Rydell. Further investigation unearthed two more 'TD' tracks by them and a very limited run 10” lathe-cut single is the result.
I’m a sucker for the overly ambitious, the unexpected and the unfathomable – check through the Fruits de Mer back catalogue and in there you’ll find gems like a one-man version of Egg’s first album, remakes of VDGG’s ‘Pawn Hearts’ and Joe Meek's 'I Hear A New World'...‘An Orchestral Dream’ is very much in that “how…why…wow” category and I think deserves to be heard by more people. All credit to the students of Eskilstuna Kulturskola and to their teacher Thomas Rydell for making it happen, I’m going to leave it to Thomas to explain the background to the recordings…
“I work as a guitar teacher at Eskilstuna Kulturskola in Sweden, and occasionally I make music videos featuring my students. It can be anything from classical music to pop and rock. However, since I have a special interest in krautrock and progressive rock I decided that I wanted to attempt to record some of my old favorites as well. It is not the type of music that music students are normally exposed to, as the music repertoire in schools most often is traditional and predictable. Over the years I have made student video covers of Gentle Giant, Yes, Genesis, Alan Parsons Project to mention a few.
Tangerine Dream hold a special place in my heart, and in 2017 I decided that I wanted to record a crossover acoustic version of one of their songs. Things that I considered were that it should be playable by acoustic instruments, and by students who are not professionals. The music include enough pauses for the woodwind and brass instrument players to breathe(!), and in general not too difficult when it came to tempo and key. At the same time, I wanted to be as true to the original as I could possibly achieve; the three tracks here were recorded over the next three years”
The tracks on the 10” are:
Charly The Kid 4:06
Love On A Real Train 4:07
as with all our lathe-cut projects, this release will be seriously oversubscribed, so we will be doing a lucky draw from all the requests we receive
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