The band is widely considered to be musically adventurous and imaginative among music critics. Magma makes extensive use of the choral format, particularly reminiscent of the classical composer Carl Orff. Magma's music is also highly influenced by jazz saxophone player John Coltrane. So many of the musicians who have played with Magma have formed their own solo projects and/or spinoff acts that the Kobaïan term Zeuhl has come to refer to the musical style of these bands. (Read more at Wikipedia)
Links to Peel
Although Peel's distaste for so-called "prog rock" was well known, he was known to like bands with an experimental approach, like Soft Machine and Matching Mole, whose music has often been associated with that of Magma. In the first half of the 1970s, bands like these, other European groups such as Gong, Wigwam, Burnin Red Ivanhoe, and Krautrock pioneers like Can, Faust, and Neu! were regularly featured in the playlists of his shows. However, Peel has rarely played music by Magma according to available playlists.
Magma recorded one session for Peel's program in 1974, playing only two pieces, but clocking in at 57 minutes, making it one of the longest (if not the longest) studio sessions ever recorded.
One session. Officially available on BBC - Radio - Londres 1974 CD, Seventh Records – AKT XIII.
1. Recording date: 1974-03-14. First broadcast: 21 March 1974
- Theusz Hamtaahk / Kohntarkosz
Other Shows Played
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