The Musical

by Les Trucs

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In the basement units of the company Joseph Kruemli &
daughters stood this giant modular system, joined by some
drum machines, samplers and CV sequencers. No one really
knew, where these electronic gizmos hailed from, though
Margarethe vaguely recalled having ripped them off of some
bankrupt music-producer in a poker game, who had been
responsible for a few space disco-hits in the late 70s, some
time ago when she was drunk.

Her compulsive gambling was distressing to her and she had
never told anyone from the family about it, hence she had
hidden the acquired equipment in the sternmost corner of the

Margarethe’s father, Josef Kruemli was a luminary in the
field of decorative-functional electroplating. A visionary man
who’s idea it had always been to utilize galvanic techniques in
order to optimize human performance and capabilities. Yet one
obstacle had always limited him in fulfilling his proposition so
far: It seemed impossible to find test subjects, willing to dive
into a bath of blue vitriol for several minutes to voluntary cover
themselves in an alloy of metal. Even if it seems irretraceable
today — at the time the necessity of a transition to a flexible
self was not yet well established amongst the general public.
One day, when Kruemli and his mate Stockhausen were once
again traveling abroad to lecture about “The supra-human
being of tomorrow and its manifestation in the sphere of
contemporary art and design”, an incident occurred that
would change everything: In search for a hide-out to listen
to some music from their telephones, two children from the
neighborhood snuck into the cellars of Kruemli & daughters,
accidentally falling into one of the barrel of electro dissolution.
Kruemli’s joy was great, when he first discovered this very
living proof for the feasibility of his brilliant work.

Then again, Kruemli soon turned very saddened because if this
incident was to go public, he was aware of having to face a
severe punishment due to the safety deficiencies in his plant.
As his fear of possible years of imprisonment doubtlessly
preponderated, Kruemli quickly decided to conceal the truth.
He locked down his cellars forever — enclosing the kids within.
Imprisoned and left to their own devices, it wasn’t for long that
the two began to look about, discovering more and more of
the great treasures hidden in their remand home. Besides
caressing porcelain cats from dusty shelves, reading books
broaching the issues of production methods during fordism and
learning to sew and to sing two-voiced canons, the kids soon
started recording their ado of chanting to rhythm machines
and their new found ferventness - the vast modular system.
It was somewhat 20 years later, when an insolvency
administrator unsealed the long-forgotten basement — barely
believing his: there were the two individuals, plated in silverand
chrome, yet blithefully dancing and singing in a corner
of the antiquarian facilities. The administrator (who was a a
man of deed) promptly decided to take the children under his
wings, getting them a record contract with an indie-label and
releasing a selection of their works — on this sound carrier
at your very hands.

A chanted and performed story on the basis of subtractive
synthesis. A musical about the relation between people and
things. A peculiar spree.


released November 23, 2012

all songs written and recorded & mixed by les trucs & several machines between 2010 and 2012.

choir: luzie, anna-susanna, oskar, meike, hanna-maria, olli, johannes, viktor, matze, jo, basti, mary, marie, joe, steffen, jonathan, theresa, anne, elisa, filippa.

duet-partner and additional choir in "skipping the rope": peter schleicher singers.

mastered by pluxflux master kreationen / burkhardt von der neide.

artwork by benjamin sickel.

thanks to renke and knertz.



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Track Name: She, he and the cultural spam
She has nothing to say! · He has nothing to say! · But she can
speak and he can pretend to sing. · And that’s quite enough
for a cultural spam!
Track Name: Der Galvaniker
Im Elektrolysebad werden Metalle auf leitende und nicht
leitende Grundwerkstoffe aufgebracht. · Die Beschichtung
verleiht dem Träger Eigenschaften, die er ursprünglich, von
sich aus nicht besass. · Wie praktisch ist dass denn?! ·
Optik und Mechanik, · Korrosionsbeständigkeit · und Form
· lassen sich optimieren durch Galvanik · Reiterstandbilder
in Silber und in Chrom gewappnet für jegliche Anforderung.
Track Name: Skipping the rope
Mordrogor! This is war! But unfortunately everyone wants
to be part of it. · Let’s admit: regarding our aim, it seems
as if we failed, since · we wanted to disparage the symbols
and destroy the signs, · but everything that is left
now is signs and symbols. · People think in images and
we are guilty of delivering. · Mordrogor! You encouraged
objectification by giving you this name! · It’s a shame! We
wanted to bring death and succeeded in fact. · Oh no! We
are the living dead of the cultural canon, · standing and
croaking! · Oh no! There seems to be just one last resort:
· Take this cord. You will know how to use it right! · skipping
the rope, i am skipping the rope · skipping the rope
feels incredibly dope! · skipping the rope and whilst i am
skipping, · i think about skipping the rope! · skipping the
rope, we are skipping the rope · skipping the rope feels
incredibly dope! · skipping the rope and whilst we are
skipping, · we think about skipping the rope!
Track Name: Machine à coudre
Ce que j´aime plus sur ton personnage: · c´est ta droiture.
· Tu ne vas pas seulement en zig zag ou trop en
ligne droite. · Les caracteres aussi pour les etiquettes
de noms · de mes figurants mecaniques · Me and my
sewing machine - · point de croix au rythme des clairons.
· Me and my sewing machine - · cousons des costumes
transparents. · Et tu tiens toujours le rythme. · Ca j’admire
chez toi encore. · Et ce que j’aime aussi: · Les coutures
sont toujours solides bien que, · nous nous imitons
mutuellement si souvent. · Machine à coudre, ,juste toi et
moi, entrer dans la pedale! · Puis la chorégaphie d´adieu,
nous traversons les mondes!
Track Name: Der Nostalgieabend der fordistischen Trachtengruppe
Vor dem Eingangstor gab es eine lange Schlange. · Das
gute an dieser Schlange war, dass sie irgendwann endete
und obendrain, an deren Ende angekommen, alle einen Platz
zugewiesen bekamen. · Der nostalgische Abend der fordistischen
Trachtengruppe war mal wieder ein voller Erfolg. ·
Es gab Graubrot und Suppe aus der Thermoskanne. · Rotierende
Plastikschläuche spielten einen melancholischen
Dreiklang, · Gabelstapler stellten sich in reihen auf · und
draussen in der Brache wurde Tonne gespielt. · Die Fabrikschlote
rauchten sinnstiftend vor sich hin, · bis am frühen
Abend, die Werkssirene den Feierabend verkündete und die
Tore wieder schlossen. · Bis zum nächsten Mal.
Track Name: Analyse und Zerstreuung
Dada, dada, dada, dada!
Track Name: O->.
Es nahm den Anfang mit der Entdeckung, dass “Vorwärts”
aus einer Zeit stammt, · da die Erde noch nicht Rund war.
· Es folgte der, es folgte der Loop. Sehr viel angenehmer.
· Das führte jedoch dazu, dass wir einstweilen ziemlich
gehetzt, oder aber gelangweilt; · manchmal sogar beides
zugleich waren. · Der Kreis wird grösser, Schnittmenge
schrumpft! · Drum sei doch vernünftig und denke an künftig!
· Das hier ist keine Allegorie. · Es geht um Inhalt und
Form. · Das ist sehr wichtig, das ist der Punkt! · Der Punkt
wird Punkte, Schnittmenge schrumpft! · Drum sei doch
Vernünftig und denke an künftig!
Track Name: I like cats
“Have you seen these cats?” · “No! But have they seen me?”
· I like cats looking at me. · I like rhymes ending on “p”. · I
like boats! · I like to wear cardboardsuits. · I like the sound
of synth-flutes. · I like goats! · We like to sing songs that we
don’t know! · We like things that we don’t know!
Track Name: Das Lied der Wohnmobile
Der Motor macht schönes Geräusch, vor uns liegt diese
Strasse keusch. · Ein guter Fleck, dessen schlichte Fassade
Sinn und Zweck verspricht. · Das triste Grau weicht
mischen wir ganz behänd Farbe in Zement. · Lasst euch
hernieder kommt herbei, wir wollen Wohnmaschinen sein!
· Ich tapezier, ich streich den Zaun. · Ich wasch mal ab, ich
pflanz nen Baum. · Ich backe Brot, ich bring Kaffee. · Hier
wolln wir sein! Olé, Olé! · Der Motor läuft, die Strasse lebt,
rundherum sich die Stadt erhebt. · Wir ziehen weiter, wir
sind frei, wir werden Wohnmobile sein!
Track Name: He, she, the cultural spam and us
She had nothing to say - she had nothing to say · He had
nothing to say - he had nothing to say · We had nothing to
say, but that’s okay, ‘cause we sang anyways. · We had nothing
to say, but that’s been quite enough for a cultural spam.