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The Man and the Biosphere

by Roland Kayn

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Following his retirement in 1998, composer and founding figure of cybernetic music Roland Kayn (1933-2011) did not relax the pace of his output. On the contrary, his oeuvre grew exponentially, and some of his most expansive works were to take shape at his home studio in Nieuwe Pekela in the Dutch province of Groningen.

Through the late 1990s and early 2000s, several of these compositions were released on CD on the composer’s own label, Reiger-records-reeks, which was revived in 2019 by his daughter Ilse for the momentous release of ‘Scanning’ (1982-83).

However, the Lydia-und Roland-Kayn-Archiv holds dozens of these works, many of them as ambitious in scope as classics such as ‘Tektra’ and ‘Infra’, which have earned Kayn a loyal following among the current generation of electronic music enthusiasts.

In 2003 alone, Kayn produced 15 pieces. One of these – the hitherto-unheard ‘The Man and the Biosphere’ – now forms the first release for an exciting new Bandcamp page dedicated to works from the archive.


released May 23, 2020

Cover artwork – Bill Maerklin
Mastering – Jim O'Rourke
Producer – Ilse Kayn

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"The mystery, the grace, the boundless invention – Kayn’s machine music is a vast catalogue of very human wonder." -The Guardian

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