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Old 06-18-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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R&M Krautrock Orientation/Appreciation Party

KRAUTROCK. Experimental German music from the late sixties and early seventies that took cues from early psychedelia and went on to set the prototype for Industrial, Post-Punk, Ambient, Techno, Prog, Gangsta Rap. I did a search and found one or two threads in the Other Music forum, so now I think it’s time for R&M to have its first semi-exhaustive kraut appreciation thread.

Brief History: In the late sixties, Germany was still in upheaval after World War Two. The younger generation set out to establish a new musical identity. Many studied under contemporary composers like Karlheinz Stockhausen while also being influenced by new music from overseas— Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, The Velvet Underground. Factor in the influence of Dada and Surrealism, anarchist attitudes, hallucinogenic drugs. This is just going off the top of my head. For the full story, seek out one of two out-of-print and very expensive anthologies— krautrocksampler or Crack in the Cosmic Egg.

Notable Bands

Can - The most infamous and probably the best of all Kosmiche sounds, also the band I namedrop every time I’m trying to get in a pretentious indie girl’s pants. Formed in Cologne in 1968, the original line-up included American sculptor Malcolm Mooney, the godfather of sampling Holger Czukay, free-jazz pro Jaki Leibezeit, Irmin Schmidt and the now deceased Michael Karoli. Their earliest recordings are minimal improvisational rock jams. After their vocalist Mooney had a nervous breakdown, he was replaced by Damo Suzuki and the band released several classic albums (Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi, Soundtracks) that mixed psychedelic, progressive, free jazz and ethnic instrumentation.

Kraftwerk - Formed from the ashes of the project Organisation, Kraftwerk is, at its core, Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter. Their first albums were instrumental efforts full of experimentation, before adding more members and eventually (through the help of producer Conny Plank) settling into a unique sound that is considered the earliest precursor to all modern synthpop, electro, industrial. Minimal, detached numbers performed with synths, drum machines, and the notorious vocoder.

Ash Ra Tempel - One of the most overbearingly psychedelic bands to come from the movement. Formed in 1971 by Klaus Schulze and Manual Gottsching, after their experiences with Eruption, Tangerine Dream and other notable German bands. Throughout line up changes, they released several albums in the early seventies before becoming Ashra and producing electronic music. Their self-titled debut is a landmark in the genre. Their third album, Seven Up, was recorded with Timothy Leary on guest vocals while every one in the studio drank from a bottle laced with acid. Just to give an idea of how cool they were.

Faust - A more enigmatic kraut band formed in 1971. While still making albums to this day, their first five albums between 71 and 74 are the records they are best known for. Considered a crucial influence on Throbbing Gristle, this band put out some of the earliest music to be considered industrial. A bizarre blend of psychedelia, prog-rock jamming and tape-loop experiments.


Cluster - Kluster was formed in the late sixties by performers at the Zodiac Free Arts Lab. After releasing two studio albums, Conrad Schnitzler left the group, and the remaining members renamed the outfit Cluster. They continued to release albums in the same vein as Kluster; long rhythm-less pieces made from noise and electronic drones. In 1974, the band took a different route with Zuckerzeit, creating short, ambient pieces which had a great influence on Brian Eno.

Other Important Bands That I Don’t Have Time To Write About:

Amon Duul
Amon Duul II
Popol Vuh
Tangerine Dream
Agitation Free
Neu!
Cosmic Jokers
Embryo
Guru Guru

Party Favors:

I will edit in a link to a .rar with all of this **** in it
Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel
Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
Can - Tago Mago
Faust - Faust
Cluster - ‘71 (in .m4a format)



If you don’t like this music you’re a large bundle of sticks. Discuss.

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Old 06-18-2009, 02:46 PM   #2
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I like Klaus Schulze idk if he fits into this category though.
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:47 PM   #3
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Yeah, he does.
I have Cyborg, it's good but I can almost never find the patience to listen to it
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:49 PM   #4
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Can, Popol Vuh, and Tangerine Dream are cool.
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:50 PM   #5
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Yeah, he does.
I have Cyborg, it's good but I can almost never find the patience to listen to it
Mirage is where it's at.
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:58 PM   #6
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I had a Klaus Schulze album for a while but got rid of it because it sounded WAAAAAY too new age-y.
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:22 PM   #7
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I'm in love with Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi, and Future Days. FD is such a chilled-out summer album.
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:43 PM   #8
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Can is great, most of the bands you liste are pretty good. I'm sad because there's a big lack of Comus in this thread
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:45 PM   #9
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I tried to get most of the big names out of the way, and namedrop a couple lesser known ones just to get things going. I honestly don't think I've heard of Comus though.
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:03 PM   #10
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Oh, get the album First Utterance. They were more in the folk side, I think you might enjoy them.
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:34 PM   #11
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lol comus arent krautrock at all
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:36 PM   #12
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idk, i feel they kinda are.

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did your ese tell you that
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:49 PM   #14
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I've listened to Can's Tago Mago, and Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express (which probably doesn't count as it is more from their electronic period if there is considered a distinction).

Both are excellent, and I want to investigate this genre more so i'll be looking into these groups. I'm been listening a lot to traditional psychadelic rock recently, some more european stuff would be interesting.
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yeah, bato loco
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:21 PM   #16
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okay so now that I've got everybody gathered together, who's gonna upload the album Faust - So Far so I finally have it again know what Im sayin
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lol

check your last.fm inbox jaundice
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Mikael Akerfeldt listens to Comus
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:52 PM   #19
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Been listening to Ash Ras Tempel's Join Inn a lot lately and Popol Vuh's In den Gärten Pharaos.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:53 PM   #20
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I've never listened to that Popul Vuh album actually

affenstunde is crazy though.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:59 PM   #21
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It's magnificent, probably my second favorit Popol Vuh's album after Hosianna Mantra.
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Old 06-27-2009, 06:29 AM   #22
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Neu! '75 is sweet.
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I like Can a bit.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:15 PM   #24
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I like Can a bit.
Listening to Landed for the first time right now, good rock and roll with some experimental and tape effects stuff too
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Tangerine Dream are ****ing amazing. Huge influence.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:25 PM   #26
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Phaedra is such a good album
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:45 PM   #27
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Phaedra is def my fav TD album. im glad theyve started to make good albums again. their Nagasaki and Hiroshima series have been amazing so far
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:46 PM   #28
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need to listen to more of them, only have phaedra and electronic meditation
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Phaedra is the only album i've heard from TD.

I have Faust to listen to.
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I really need to get Outside the Dream Syndicate and The Faust Tapes
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