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The Ghost Sonata

by Tuxedomoon

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o77O0O77o ...Tuxedomoon were and still are innovators that even now stand outside time and place. This album is mostly instrumental with some spoken word stuff and samples but really showcases how totally unique and versatile they are. Dreamscape soundtrack...
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  • The Box (vinyl)

    The Tuxedomoon Vinyl Box is an elaborate, luxurious, bountiful artefact, containing 9 of the band's main albums (see list below), an album ("Appendix") entirely consisting of previously-unreleased tracks, a 28-page 12"-sized book with notes by the band members (who reminisce about the recording of these albums) plus all the lyrics & credits, a 60x60 cm poster and a single code for downloading the content of the 10 albums.

    LP1 Half-Mute 1980

    LP2 Desire 1981
    LP3 Holy Wars 1985
    LP4 Ship Of Fools 1986

    LP5 You 1987

    LP6 The Ghost Sonata 1991
    LP7 Cabin In The Sky 2004

    LP8 Bardo Hotel Soundtrack 2006
    LP9 Vapour Trails 2007

    LP10 Appendix 2015 (bonus LP with unreleased material)
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Catalyst 00:42
A Drowning 02:07
The Cascade 03:02
Basso Pomade 02:36


Mixing dialogue and musique concrete with both electronic and neo-classical music, ‘The Ghost Sonata’ is a primarily instrumental album that crosses all known boundaries to create possibly one of the most psychedelic symphonies ever waxed.

‘The Ghost Sonata’ is based on the group’s “opera without words” performed in 1982 at the Polverigi Theatre Festival in Italy. Though considered by many to be their best and most ambitious work, the soundtrack had not been released in its entirety until 1990.

Tuxedomoon core members Steven Brown, Blaine Reininger and Peter Principle entirely re-recorded all musical selections of the soundtrack during the latter half of 1990, while the linking narrative and sound-effects are taken from the original 1982 source tapes.


released September 1, 1991


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Tuxedomoon Brussel, Belgium

Experimental avant-garde post-punk New Wave group formed in San Francisco, California, 1977 and re-located to Europe 1981-2011.

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