Hans Edler is a multi-talented Swedish singer, guitarist, and composer who is best known in his homeland as a pop singer, while internationally he's primarily known for his pioneering computer music album Elektron Kuk+¬so (1971). Born on March 23, 1945, in the Bj+¦rkhagen district of Stockholm, Sweden, he began his musical career in the late '60s as the singer of the Ghostriders, a pop band influenced by the Shadows. In 1969, however, his career took an odd twist when he began a three-year musical project at EMS (i.e., Elektroakustisk Musik i Sverige), a state-of-the-art studio in Stockholm with a room-size computer. Between 1969 and 1971, Edler painstakingly composed computerized pop music and released an album's worth of it, Elektron Kuk+¬so (1971), on his own label, Marilla. Though far ahead of its time, the album proved unsuccessful from a commercial standpoint. Its rarity, not to mention its oddity, later made Elektron Kuk+¬so a collector's item. The album was eventually reissued in 2004 on Boy Wonder Records with bonus material and deluxe packaging. After the release of Elektron Kuk+¬so in 1971, Edler continued to release music on Marilla, beginning with another collectable album, Sp+¦khistorier (1972), on which actor Stig J+ñrrel reads a few horror stories (e.g., "Det Skvallrande Hj+ñrtat," a Swedish adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's [RoviLink="BW"]The Tell-Tale Heart) over creepy electronic music composed by Edler. Other notable releases by Edler on Marilla during the 1970s include Space Vision (1979), a space disco album; Disco-Time (1979), a collection of disco covers; and Jukebox Graffiti, a multi-volume series of hit parade cover albums. In later years, Edler carved out a niche for himself as a 1960s revivalist. One of his most successful latter-day album releases was the Top Ten hit Remember the Sixties (2009), featuring him with a string orchestra. ~ Jason BirchmeierPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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