21 Weltraum-Standards . Welttraumforscher, Die
2005. cd . dl . lp
'21 Weltraum-Standards' does not lay claim to being a representative cross-section of the band's output over the last 25 years; the intention of this compilation is more one of presenting the Welttraumforscher from their friendliest and more accessible side, thus trying to introduce them to a larger audience.
The vinyl version of the "21 Weltraum-Standards" will be released as a single lp while the digital version will appear in the form of a double cd. The latter will include the album '..remixen die Welttraumforscher', formerly released as a vinyl-only on Felix Kubin's label Gagarin Records and which has long sold out. This album contains remixes by Mouse on Mars, Barbara Morgenstern, FX Randomiz, Neoangin, Schlammpeitziger, Minitchev, Nova Huta, Harald "Sack" Ziegler, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Joe Tabu and Klangwart.
Since their formation in Zurich in 1981, the Welttraumforscher's music has been moving to and fro in a field marked by the cornerstones of the classic pop song as epitomised by Burt Bacharach or Simon and Garfunkel, the emotional barrenness of Nick Drake's compositions, the escapism of Syd Barrett and electronic homerecording-miniatures of cinematic dimensions as (co-)developed by Der Plan and Cabaret Voltaire.
In the first 25 years of their existence the band created a body of work surrounded by a mystic aura similar to that of the Residents – with the difference that Welttraumforscher-Mastermind Christian Pfluger has never tried to stay anonymous. At the beginning of the Eighties he started the band's own Monif label which henceforth released almost all of the band's output, at first exclusively on cassettes, and from the middle of the Eighties also on limited vinyl editions. Since 1993 the band has also issued their music on cd.