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Inspired by the open and elaborate music of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, French jazz musician Christian Vander formed Magma at the dawn of the '70s. Magma became a vehicle for music called Zeuhl that is as free and 'chaotic' as Free Jazz, yet as composed and monumental as late twentieth century classical. He wrote lyrics in a new language, Kobaian, and created an entire mythology that was explored throughout the band's life. Magma's records evolve like operas. Movements rise and fall, shifting instrumental arrangements and giving way to vocal narratives, invariably performed by a revolving door of master musicians. Since its inception, Magma has generated an immense cult following and inspired many musicians from Mike Oldfield to Ruins.

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