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Ten CDs of unreleased Roland Kayn material unearthed

Kayn’s daughter curates box set Scanning

A previously unreleased work by the late electronics composer Roland Kayn (1933–2011) is about to be made public. Described as “a fully realised consolidation of cybernetic music” made between 1982–83, it’s called Scanning and spans ten CDs of a new box set. Running to just over ten hours long, it completes his series of extended electronic works stretching from the late 1970s to the early 80s including Simultan and Elektroakustische Projekte (both released 1977), Makro I–III and Infra (both 1981), and Tektra (1984).

Last year Die Schachtel reissued Simultan as a three LP box set, and in 2017 the 14 hour composition A Little Electronic Milky Way Of Sound was released by Frozen Reeds as a 16 CD set.

Aside from a festival presentation and a radio broadcast in 2004, Scanning remains largely unheard until now. Remastered by Jim O’Rourke, the box set will be released in September by Kayn’s Reiger Records Reeks, now run by his daughter Ilse.