Floating World


Argy presents the Zodiac Free Arts Club! Floating World is about electronic music in the spirit of Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, NEU!, Popol Vuh and others captured in jam sessions. Founded in West Berlin in late 1967 by German artists, The Zodiak Free Arts Lab, also known as the "Zodiak Club," was a short-lived but highly influential experimental live music venue. It was a musician's paradise, since The Zodiac Free Arts Lab was filled with all kinds of instruments, amps and speakers, free for everyone to play and experiment with. Four decades later, Argy, one of the most unique-sounding dance music producers, involved in numerous music projects, had the idea to revive the club's concept. In only a short period of time, he opened his own private space in Berlin to jam with colleagues and friends. This time not only focused on experimental music, the guests were personally invited to join and encounter a variety of happenings such as live music sessions, dinners, the appreciation of beauty of all sorts, conversations and other bizarre or eccentric experiences. Argy's collaboration with Manuel Göttsching on "Sunrain," which was edited by the Greek producer for official release on White Days Records in 2010, was also very influential for the Greek artist to embark on this new musical journey. He decided to focus and arrange all musical ideas, recordings and visions that were inspired through the Zodiac Free Arts Club sessions in order to craft a grabbing, LSD-dipped album that would pay homage to the innovators he admires. The projection of paintings, '60s album covers and landscape pictures while composing the album, assisted the musician to create what he describes as the "joyful psychedelic underground" sound. Floating World, which borrows its title from the Japanese Ukiyo-e, was recorded mainly on vintage equipment between January/June 2010 in a temporary studio set in Berlin. Presenting some of the most celebrated styles of kosmische/Krautrock music, this is probably one of the most interesting album attempts of the past decade within its genre and marks the beginning of a new side project from one of the currently most promising and already successful underground dance music producers.