I found this documentary a few days ago and found it fascinating. While we just turned the page of the 2000s it’s nice to reflect for a few moment on my cultural roots before we continue our explorations.
The documentary itself speak about Krautrock, but it’s a term I always hatted. They explain in depth the origin of the term Krautrock in the documentary. For me the right way to name this movement is Berlin School of electronic music. The electronic music appeared all over Germany, not only in Berlin, but the cold war made this place so special.
So in this documentary you have interviews of John Weinzierl and Renate Knaup (Amon Düül), Danny Fichelscher (Popol Vuh), Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream), Wolfgang Seidel (Ton Steine Scherben), Klaus Schulze, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Holger Czukay Jaki Liebezeit and Damo Suzuki (Can), Michael Rother Wolfgang Flür and Ralf Hütter (Kraftwerk), Iggy Pop, Zappi Diermaeir and Jean-Herve Peron (Faust), Eduard Meyer (engineer at Hansa Tonstudio)
One hour to understand the roots of electronic music that lead today to the many variations from ambient, goa, abstract … techno:
I was contacted 2 weeks ago by Bjornoya – The music is composed by Jean-Louis DE BACKER. He is a Mac fan since ever and he was my chemistry teacher back when I was in my secondary school! Since then we are meeting regularly every few years, we even had a common development on the Mac 10 years ago.
His music is electronic and repetitive, made of floating pattern; it’s definitively something that I like to listen.
So as soon as he contacted me I realized that I had in my video vault a few loops that are matching the music so I proposed him to visualize one of his tracks.
Here is the result, hope you like it:
Video is in HD, if your machine is fast enough be sure to select high quality.
The source material has been shot in Belgium, Poland, Nevada and California.
I was surprised to see on emusic that the Biosphere album supposed to be released on September 8 is already available as advance release (I wrote this article on august 18).
It’s an unusual release for Biosphere, he is going back to more dance music and very melodic tracks, leaving the ambient textures he delivers usually. It looks like most fans will not like it because it’s atypical from him but you can understand that a musician sometimes needs to divert and explore other ways. I did just listened to it quickly and for me it’s a very cool and fresh album. You can preview it and buy it here: