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The 2008 film Berlin Calling wasn’t exactly a huge hit in the west, yet as actor and composer for the film, Paul Kalkbrenner achieved quite substantial popularity in Germany. Sure some such as Ben Klock, Marcel Dettman and others around the Berlin scene may have as much talent; but comparing to his status and fame would be very difficult. Kalkbrenner’s work on Berlin Calling should not be trivialised because of its popularity. Sky and Sand still connects so easily and with such minimal effort, in a way that many in his field wouldn’t have a handle on. Tracks other than the single such as Azure likewise are in persistent motion, with minimal brush strokes conveying such beautiful imagery.

Sure it was always going to be difficult to follow up on Berlin Calling given its popularity, but Icke Wieder certainly delivers on the sounds that have served Kalkbrenner well in the past. Picking a highlight from the album is difficult, with Sagte der Bär, Kleines Bubu and Der Breuzen among others worthy of a mention. Yet Kruppzeug provides a nice characterization of Kalkbrenner’s sound, very much of Berlin, and very much minimalist. The song builds carefully, a pattering beat moving persistently across a simple melody. Though moving towards an end, Kalkbrenner’s minimalist narratives prove the most rewarding experience.

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Liberi Fatali
06.28.11
And for anybody wanting more minimal techno and the like, check out these artists:
Ben Klock:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK6k6G5CQiA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0TX75q6Y1M
Ellen Allien:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxeQ85PYChc
Ricardo Villalobos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0i1Szq6GM8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzxyw_XgMyU
Rodriguez Jr.:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m25cP-cX0MA
The Field:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcCR8zwUdOY

Though to be fair, these recs are just in the same general direction, not minimal techno specifically.

Wolfhorde
06.28.11
Can't stand that dude, but I also live in Germany and I'm not a big fan of the "easily accessible" electronica.

aok
06.28.11
Nicely written Daniel. Cheers

Liberi Fatali
06.29.11
Out of all the 'easily accessible' genres in each country, I think Germany has it best.

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