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The “I.K.K.”-project started in 1794, when Christoph Schmid wrote the lyrics for Ihr Kinderlein Kommet, using a melody by contemporary composer Johann Abraham Peter Schulz. It was performed soon after in Thanhausen an der Mindel for the first time.
In 2001, a few weeks before Xmas, I recorded my daughter Sonja (aged 5 then) singing some of her favourite Xmas tunes. Wonderful recordings. Her singing is full of emotional power and she even hits the right notes from time to time. The interesting moments are when her voice is moving around those notes. Instead of burying those recordings in the archive I came back to them soon after, because Jos Moers (the owner of the label Meeuw Muzak) was asking me to contribute to a series of Xmas 7″s he does once every year. So I recorded one for him early in 2002 for 2003’s yearly event: merry merry (mm 027). Side one has Sonja’s singing untouched (“Stille Nacht”, engl. silent night), well at least unedited, live. She got touched – rather hit – by Sören, my son, who was running around and trying to stop her (I do not know if this was a matter of taste or just a game). Side 2 has a funny piece composed from a transformed “Ihr Kinderlein Kommet”. When the 7″ was done I had the impression that the transformed sounds had a quality of their own, so I used them for further transformations, as well as to compose a new piece of about 15 minutes: “I.K.K. – Purpur – Scharlachrot”.