Thursday, May 27, 2010


The Man-Machinei have been fortunate enough to catch a doc about krautrock. i've always hated the name and i don't believe it has anything to do with being part german. it always struck me as an odd term because the groups that were considered krautrock had very little in common with each other outside of their desire to make something new.

these bands went about creating music in very different ways and gave birth to huge musical acts like tangerine dream, kraftwerk and amon duul. some of them incorporated synths some used found sound and some just invented new ways to use what most would consider standard rock instruments. the atmosphere of ingenuity and passion was the type of thing that doesn't happen often and when it does you can't help but get excited or scared because of it.

i think the most amazing part of this show was how the groups that pioneered so many of these sounds and made experimental music more acceptable in the eyes of the mainstream press are still making music. some of them are still doing similar things with the same gear they had in the 70s and 80s but they're still doing what they love and that's making noise. beautiful, wonderful, complex and misunderstood noise.

as a side note to the main story of who these men and women were the doc attempts to highlight a part of history that was covered up and strangely forgotten by some germans and british alike. while there was a general feeling of uneasiness among young germans growing up in the post war era of reparations and heavily policed borders to the east. many in the younger generation wondered why no one spoke about the war and their involvement or how so many people just pretended they didn't know anything was happening. while germany was in denial, britain was doing a bang up job reminding everyone that would listen that the germans lost and the british had won. germans were ridiculed constantly in british media so it was no surprise that the name krautrock was born on british soil. the term was obviously meant as an insult but it doesn't seem like many of the performers working under that umbrella even noticed or cared. there was perhaps more confusion than anything else. one poster for a tangerine dream show in the uk read, "at one time they bombed us. now they return with synthesizers!" maybe it was the promoters idea of showing the public how far those poor misguided germans had come since losing dubya dubya too?

all i know is that i want to go home and record the sound of things breaking.

1 comment:

märta said...

thanks for your comment.

( Dreams are the most important thing we have and then Stockholm can sometimes be boring - I can see myself in Paris or NY in the future . .)