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Communication (Box Set)
Communication is the debut solo album by ex-Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos. Originally released in 2003 - 13 years after leaving the legendary electronic group - The album, referred to as his "lost album", is a concept record that deals with communication at the incredibly pivotal time in electronic media and digital culture. "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, 2003). However, such was the sense of foresight and depth of thought that Bartos applied to the world of communication in a vastly-shifting aeon that this theme remains as relevant as ever in 2016. Bartos produced Communication with sound engineer Mathias Black at his home studio in Hamburg between August 2002 and January 2003. The programmatic track "15 Minutes Of Fame" was the first single Bartos released and it was an exciting peek into the world that was his upcoming full album. Bartos used the Andy Warhol phrase as a template to comment on the rise of celebrity culture unleashed by casting shows, reality TV programs and cooking contests. Communication takes this theme and societal observations further by focusing them through multiple aspects, of what Bartos calls our "new media reality". Bartos's work should be received and understood as an amalgamation, and presentation, of both sound and vision. A heavy force in both the world of music and film, Karl Bartos has been presenting his live show, which includes his own self-directed films, on an international scale since 2000. Exclusively for the release of Communication, Bartos developed a pictographic visual language that the Hamburg-based agency, Weissraum, then further adapted for a variety of formats. Communication is the reintroduction of timeless statement. "It is not the business of music to be fashionable. The meaning of music is to bring people together." (Karl Bartos, 2016) Re-mastering by Michael Schwabe, Monoposto Düsseldorf, Germany. Artwork by weissraum.de. This edition of 1000 comes as a limited and hand signed box, including: 12" vinyl album Communication, an exclusive poster for "I'm The Message", limited 7" vinyl single Life, limited 7" vinyl single 15 Minutes Of Fame, three 7" photoprints, one signed photoprint signed by Karl Bartos, digipak album CD Communication, USB card including all audio formats with 12" remix by Matthew Herbert, video, graphics.