A Guide to Krautrock
Annotation:Link is to BBC Four's website for this amazing hour-long documentary, which includes interviews with members of Can, Kraftwerk, Cluster, Neu!, and others. The actual video is currently available elsewhere on the web (run a search for the title if the following are no longer available): http://vimeo.com/14088099 & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHUwkYkn_kA
Annotation:From the site: "This reduced web-version of our Krautrock encyclopedia "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" only includes bands and artists from the era 1967-1980. Group line-ups are restricted to the first known/fully detailed line-up. Discographies are original vinyl and cassette releases only. Also omitted are: historical entries, jazz and avant-garde musicians, and any bands that never debuted with a release until the 1980's."
Annotation:The second album by Amon Düül II, consisting of both composed and improvised songs, 1970's Yeti is considered one of the defining early albums of Krautrock.
Annotation:Cluster & Eno is a collaborative album by the German electronic music group Cluster and British ambient musician Brian Eno. The style of this album is a collection of gentle melodies: a mixture of Eno’s ambient sensibilities and Cluster's avant-garde style.
Annotation:After the Heat is a 1978 album by Brian Eno, Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius (last two are both members of Cluster). The album represents the second collaboration by the trio, the first being 1977's Cluster & Eno. As with the previous album, After the Heat was created in collaboration with the influential "krautrock" producer, Conny Plank.
Annotation:Begegnungen is a Sky Records 1984 compilation album with recordings by Brian Eno, Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conny Plank, from solo albums, and from various collaborations between the artists. All of the tracks had been previously released elsewhere. The albums these tracks were drawn from are: Durch die Wüste, Roedelius' first solo album, Rastakraut Pasta by Moebius and Plank, After the Heat by Eno, Moebius, Rodelius, Tonspuren, the first solo album by Moebius, Zero Set by Moebius, Pank, Neumeier, Sowiesoso by Cluster, and the eponymous Cluster & Eno. These albums were released by Sky between 1976 and 1983.
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It could be argued (tentatively) that no country embraced the revolutionary spirit of the late 1960s more than Germany. In the traumatic aftermath of WWII, Germany was physically and ideologically divided in two, and it was inevitable that a youth movement would seize on the historical moment to break free from polarizing politics and attempt to transcend nationalism. Music became an outlet for these frustrations, and a forum for a new German identity. Electronic music, particularly, was entirely new and original, neither Western nor Eastern. The German youth found their voice; the Western press derisively called the movement ‘Krautrock’. The music was all over the map, charting the tastes of the era, and the major contributions of the genre might be variously described as "primitive," "ambient," "psychedelic," "percussive," "clinical," and "experimental." For all its diversity, this era of German music (roughly the late 60s to the early 80s) has been hugely influential for a new generation of internationally-minded musicians and audiences.