Jonathan Sharp

The Heartwood Institute’s Jonathan Sharp on the first and last records he bought, plus a go-to album


FIRST

Heldon
‘Heldon IV “Agneta Nilsson”’
(URUS, 1976)

“Probably not the first album I bought, but certainly one of the first purely electronic ones. I’d never heard anything like it before. Up to that point, I didn’t realise electronics could sound so heavy, cold and dark. This isn’t polite, trippy space music – it’s genuinely angry. Importantly, it set me on the path to industrial music, leading me into bands like Skinny Puppy and The Young Gods.”


LAST

Cristobal Tapia De Veer
‘Smile (Music From The Motion Picture)’
(Death Waltz Recording Company, 2023)

“I listen to a lot of horror soundtracks, but for me, Cristobal Tapia De Veer is way out there beyond anyone else. He really pushes the boundaries of what constitutes a score – parts of this soundtrack you can barely describe as music in a conventional sense. The sound design is genuinely mind-blowing. Listened to out of the context of the film, this is utterly terrifying audio.”


ALWAYS

Popol Vuh
‘In The Gardens Of Pharao / Aguirre’
(Celestial Harmonies, 1983)

“Florian Fricke made the most transcendent, glorious music. I’m drawn to the soundtracks he did for Werner Herzog’s films. ‘Nosferatu’ is amazing, but it’s ‘Aguirre’ from ‘Aguirre, The Wrath Of God’ for me, always. Particularly the scene where Klaus Kinski [as Lope De Aguirre] and the conquistadors come down the mountain to the most truly angelic music. Stunning. This particular LP was my introduction to Fricke – once heard, never forgotten.”

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