for historical purposes only
The Buddy System
Transitions (CD)

Out of Print

kurt korthals, the one-man team behind the buddy system, discovered electronic music through fellow skateboarder dave fuller (a.k.a. buckminster fuzeboard) after 15 years of moving through logging camps with his father in southeast alaska. Until he left the islands to pursue a degree in computer sciences, he experimented with equipment and sounds in a self-made closet studio in his dad's trailer. since then bewildered texans have benefited from the buddy system's consistent live performances, radio appearances, and friendly cd and mp3 sharing. labels across the globe are taking note as well with music released by u-cover records (belgium), psychonavigation (ireland), carpark (usa), awkward silence recordings (uk), and o-parts (japan).

"transitions" was written over the winter and spring of 2002 while kurt was living and touring germany and the surrounding areas. this release is his most personal and mature yet chronicling transitions in his life. it is rich but not excessively dense, complex but not lost, colorful and coordinated; embracing catchy melodies and depth reminiscent of early-era mouse on mars. the buddy system composes with the precision of a computer programmer, but with the soul of the alaskan wilderness!


1. guten tag berlin pt1

2. guten tag berlin pt2

3. live 27dec01 pt2

4. live 27dec01 pt3

5. tom told me pt1

6. tom told me pt2

7. backyards pt1

8. backyards pt2