Ott
Q

Hi Ott, what´s the meaning of "Blumenkraft" and "Skylon"?


Ott responded on 11/15/2011
A

You mean the music or the titles?

Musically, the meaning of both albums is "Hooray!"

The titles refer to:

'Ewige Blumenkraft' is an expression contained in a book called 'The Illuminatus' by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. Literally translated from German it means 'Eternal Flower Power' but I didn't know that when I decided to use it.

The album had been mastered and was ready to release but I didn't have a name for it. One morning Simon Holtom at Twisted Recordss phoned me up and told me I had to call it something so I looked down at the book I was reading and the word 'Blumenkraft' jumped off the page at me. I only found out what it meant about six months later when a German friend of mine pointed it out.

'Skylon' refers to an aluminium tower/sculpture built for the Festival of Britain in 1951.

You can see it here:

http://tinyurl.com/skylonsculpture

It also has overtones of reusable space craft and post-war optimism.

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