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Irmin Schmidt

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German-born musician Irmin Schmidt began his musical career studying less than contemporary composers Karlheinz Stockhausen and György Ligeti before ditching traditional concepts to greatly help begin the brand new experimental rock act Can in 1968. Schmidt offered as keyboardist, organist, and synth participant for the music group and remained together until their dissolution in 1979. To produce a living after Can he made up and documented music for film and tv, frequently aided by additional ex-Can players and generally releasing his personal music within the Spoon label (in colaboration with Mute Information). Several quantities from the Filmmusik series had been released through the entire ’80s, in addition to 1981’s playful Plaything Planet (in cooperation with Bruno Spoerri) and 1987’s loungey Musk at night. In 1986 Schmidt reunited using the additional users of his previous music group for the recording Rite Period (that was released in 1989), in addition to participating in another reunion in 1991 to record a monitor for the Wim Wenders film Before End of the Globe. Impossible Vacations, Schmidt’s second non-soundtrack single recording, was also released in 1991. Through the entire ’90s and 2000s, Schmidt centered on rating for tv and film and was commissioned to compose a three-act opera predicated on Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy. He released Experts of Misunderstandings, a drum’n’bass-leaning recording with maker Kumo (Jono Podmore), in 2001; both collaborated for an additional album, Axolotl Eye, in 2008. In 2013, Villa Wunderbar, an extended compilation of Schmidt’s music, premiered on Spoon. 2 yrs later on, the label released Electro Violet, a thorough 12-CD box group of Schmidt’s single and collaborative albums, including six quantities of Filmmusik Anthology.

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Full Name Irmin Schmidt
Profession Keyboard Player, Film Score Composer
Nationality German
Music Groups Can
Music Songs Vitamin C, She Brings The Rain, Atoloxl Eyes, Sing Swan Song, Little Star of Bethlehem, Le Weekend, Toy Planet, Roll On, Euphrates, Dizzy Dizzy, Spoon, Im Herzen des Hurrican, I'm So Green, Two Dolphins go dancing, Aller Tage Abend Walzer, Aumgn, Bring Me Coffee Or Tea, Mother Sky, Flavia Theme, Verdi Prati Valse, Oh Yeah, Es geht ein Schnitter, Paperhouse, I Want More, Halleluwa, Father Cannot Yell, Fuchsia's Song - Rainbow Party, Dreambite, Der Tote bin ich, Steerpike's Song: Oxygen, Swelter's Aria: Be A Happy Carnivore!, Rote Erde, Turtles Have Short Legs
Albums Electro Violet, Kamasutra: Vollendung Der Liebe, Musk at Dusk, Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi, Soon Over Babaluma, Future Days, Out of Reach, Can, Rite Time, Unlimited Edition, Soundtracks, Impossible Holidays, Toy Planet, Masters of Confusion, Filmmusik Anthology 6, Gormenghast, Axolotl Eyes, Filmmusik Anthology Volume 4 & 5, Villa Wunderbar, Anthology Soundtrack 1,2 & 3, Filmmusik Anthology, Vol. 1,2 & 3
Nominations Deutscher Fernsehpreis - Best Music
Movies The Brutes, Das Millionenspiel, Knife in the Head, Der Stich des Skorpion, Schneeland, Palermo Shooting, Lösegeld, Mord in Eberswalde, Slow Attack, Flight to Berlin, Tatort - Hundstage


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Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Messer im Kopf 1978
Die letzten Tage von Gomorrha 1974 TV Movie as Can
Secret Life of a Schoolgirl Wife 1971
Das Millionenspiel 1970 TV Movie uncredited
The Brutes 1970 as The Can
Kamasutra - Vollendung der Liebe 1969
Agilok & Blubbo 1969
Zwei wie wir... und die Eltern wissen von nichts 1966
Tatort 1986-2016 TV Series 3 episodes
Zwei allein 2014 TV Movie
Mord in Eberswalde 2013 TV Movie
Innenansichten - Deutschland 1937 2012 TV Movie documentary
Bloch 2002-2011 TV Series 14 episodes
Palermo Shooting 2008
Einsatz in Hamburg 2007 TV Series 1 episode
Paparazzo 2007 TV Movie
In Sachen Kaminski 2005 TV Movie
Snowland 2005
Der Stich des Skorpion 2004 TV Movie
Ich werde immer bei euch sein 2004 TV Movie
Zucker für die Bestie 1998 TV Movie
Schimanski 1997 TV Series 1 episode
Der rote Schakal 1997 TV Movie
Angst hat eine kalte Hand 1996 TV Movie
Der Mörder und sein Kind 1995 TV Movie
Morlock 1993 TV Series 1 episode
Negerküsse 1992 TV Movie
Pizza Colonia 1991
Reporter 1989 TV Series
Alle Geister kreisen 1985 TV Movie
Kein schöner Land 1985 TV Mini-Series
Es ist nicht aller Tage Abend 1984
Flight to Berlin 1984
Rote Erde 1983 TV Series
Ruhe sanft, Bruno 1983 TV Movie
Der Mann auf der Mauer 1982
Die Heimsuchung des Assistenten Jung 1981 TV Movie
Exil 1981 TV Mini-Series 1981
Flächenbrand 1981 TV Movie
Slow Attack 1980
Im Herzen des Hurrican 1980
Neues aus Transkastanien 1979 TV Mini-Series
...als Diesel geboren 1979 Documentary
Der Tote bin ich 1979

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
High-Rise 2015 writer: "Spoon", "Outside My Door"
Inherent Vice 2014 writer: "Vitamin C", "Soup"
The Bling Ring 2013 writer: "Halleluwah"
Noruwei no mori 2010 lyrics: "Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone", "Mary, Mary, So Contrary", "Bring Me Coffee or Tea", "She Brings The Rain", "Deadlock" / music: "Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone", "Mary, Mary, So Contrary", "Bring Me Coffee or Tea", "She Brings The Rain", "Deadlock"
Broken Embraces 2009 writer: "Vitamin C"
Cherrybomb 2009 writer: "SHE BRINGS THE RAIN"
Schattenwelt 2008 writer: "Spoon"
Morvern Callar 2002 writer: "I Want More", "Spoon"
Bodywork 2001 writer: "Mother Sky" from film "Deep End"
Modulations 1998 Documentary producer: "Blue Bag" - as Schmidt / writer: "Blue Bag" - as Schmidt
Das Messer 1971 TV Mini-Series writer: "Spoon"
Deep End 1970 music: "Mother Sky" - uncredited
The Brutes 1970 writer: "Soul Desert"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Snowland 2005 composer: theme music
Ein großer graublauer Vogel 1970 music editor

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alle Geister kreisen 1985 TV Movie assistant camera

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Return to Beethoven Street: Sam Fuller in Germany 2016 Video documentary Himself
Lee Scratch Perry's Vision of Paradise 2015 Documentary Himself
Can: The Documentary 1999 Video documentary Himself
Pop 2000: 50 Jahre Popmusik und Jugendkultur in Deutschland 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Lola da musica 1997 TV Series Himself
Can 1972 Documentary Himself
Beat-Club 1971 TV Series

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Power Vision - Pop Galerie 1999 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 German Television Academy Award German Television Academy Awards Best Score (Beste Musik) Mord in Eberswalde (2013)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 German Television Award German Television Awards Best Music (Beste Musik) Bloch (2002)
1998 Adolf Grimme Award Adolf Grimme Awards, Germany Outstanding Individual Achievement Der rote Schakal (1997)


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