Jürgen Müller | Science of the Sea
Between 1981 and 1982, 30-year old oceanographer Jürgen Müller hand-crafted an album inspired by his participation on a mission to test seawater toxicity off the coast of Germany. Through his nostalgia and footage of the oceanic experience Müller, an amateur musician with virtually no experience with electronic equipment composed Science of the Sea on a studio that he built (simply from borrowed gear) on his houseboat.
It is not difficult to detect the undertones of biophilia present within Müller’s work- each song is lush with succulent underwater landscapes. In it’s entirety, Science of the Sea is woven together seamlessly into a serene, psychedelic lullaby and as the title suggests, it echoes the environment it was created in.
Originally, Müller pressed only 100 copies of his work, which he distributed among his family and friends for free. However, 30 years after it’s construction Science of the Sea made it’s way into the hands of Digitalis Recordings through music enthusiast, Jan-Arne Sohns, who had the pleasure of hearing the album through Müller’s distant relative.
Listen (and/or purchase) to the entire album over at Bandcamp here.