Category Archives: Berlin School

SCHLAMMPEITZIGER-DAMENBARTBLICK AUF PREGNANT HILL.

Schlammpeitziger-Damenbartblick auf Pregnant Hill. Label: Bureau B. When German electronic musician Jo Zimmermann embarked upon a solo career in 1992, like many artists, he decided to adopt a new moniker, Schlammpeitziger. Since then, Jo Zimmermann has released ten albums, which will soon become eleven with the release of Damenbartblick auf Pregnant Hill on Hamburg based …

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THE NAZGÛL-THE NAZGÛL.

The Nazgûl-The Nazgûl. Label: Mental Experience Pyramid Records was founded by British expat Robin Page, in 1972 who was forty and one of the leading lights  in the Fluxus arts movement. He had moved from London, England to Cologne, in Germany in 1969 which had been his home ever since. However, Robin Page wasn’t the …

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KLAUS SCHULZE 1 AND 2 AND KLAUS SCHULZE 3 AND 4.

Klaus Schulze-Ballet 1 and 2 and Ballet 3 and 4. Label: MIG Music. By the winter of 2000, Berlin School pioneer Klaus Schulze was fifty-three, and had already been making music for thirty-one years. He had achieved a lot over during a career that had already spanned four decades, and was regarded as one of …

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CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS-DERELICTS.

Carbon Based Lifeforms-Derelicts. Label: Blood Music. During the sixties and seventies, most artists and bands released an album annually, with some even releasing two, and very occasionally three albums each year. Many artists thought nothing of this, as this was how the music industry operated. Artists and bands were contractually obliged to release one or …

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DEUTSCHE ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK: EXPERIMENTAL GERMAN ROCK AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC 1971-83. 

Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1971-83. Label: Soul Jazz Records. Over four years have passed since Soul Jazz Records released the second instalment in their criticality acclaimed Deutsche Elektronische Musik compilation series. Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2 was released in February 2013 and was the eagerly awaited followup to Deutsche Elektronische Musik …

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ERLAND DAHLEN-CLOCKS.

Erland Dahlen-Clocks. Label: Hubro Music. For the last three decades, forty-six year old drummer and percussionist Erland Dahlen has been regarded as one of Norway’s top drummers. He’s the drummer’s drummer, and the man who the great and good of Norwegian music go to when they’re looking for a drummer. As a result, Erland Dahlen …

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BROCKMANN//BARGMANN-LICHT.

Brockmann//Bargmann-Licht. Label: Bureau B: Right up until 2013, guitarist Franz Bargmann and keyboardist Timm Brockmann were two-thirds of Berlin based Camera, who were by then, one of the leading lights of the Neo Krautrock scene. They had already released two albums in 2012, Live At HBC and their criticality acclaimed studio album Radiate. Critics were …

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MOEBIUS STORY LEIDECKER-FAMILIAR. 

Moebius Story Leidecker-Familiar.  Label: Bureau B. It was in early 2012 when sound artist Jon Leidecker first phoned Dieter Moebius and Tim Story to invite the pair to visit him in a studio high in the mountains of Montana, where they would spend a week recording together. This was unusual because by 2012, most collaborations …

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ERLAND DAHLEN-CLOCKS.

Erland Dahlen-Clocks. Label: Hubro Music. For the last three decades, forty-six year old drummer and percussionist Erland Dahlen has been regarded as one of Norway’s top drummers. He’s the drummer’s drummer, and the man who the great and good of Norwegian music go to when they’re looking for a drummer. As a result, Erland Dahlen …

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DIETER MOEBIUS-THE SOLO YEARS.

Dieter Moebius-The Solo Years. Ten years after Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius formed Cluster in 1971, the first chapter in the Cluster story drew to a close 1981, after the release of their seventh studio album, Curiosum. Hans-Joachim Roedelius said: “Cluster had run its course. We decided to concentrate on other projects. There was no …

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BEN LUKAS BOYSEN AND SEBASTIAN PLANO-EVERYTHING.

Ben Lukas Boysen and Sebastian Plano-Everything. Label: Erased Tapes Records. Nowadays, not every musician dreams of embarking upon a career as a rock star, and leading a life where many people think that excess and debauchery are the norm. That used to be the case during the golden age of rock, when bands survived tours …

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MOGWAI-EVERY COUNTRY’S SUN-INDIES ONLY VINYL EDITION.

Mogwai-Every Country’s Sun-Indies Only Vinyl Edition. Label:Rock Action Records. It’s safe to say that 2017 hasn’t been a vintage year for Scottish music. Instead, much of the music released during the first nine months of the year has been mediocre at best. That comes as no surprise, as there was a similar problem last year. …

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DER PLAN-UNKAPITULIERBAR!

Der Plan-Uncapitulable! Label: Bureau B. When Der Plan eventually split-up in 1992, the writing had been on the wall for several years. Part of the problem was that by 1992, Der Plan found themselves spending more time working for their record label Ata Tak, and its record distribution business.By 1992, the three members of Der …

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DIETER MOEBIUS-KRAM AND DING.

Dieter Moebius-Kram and Ding. Label: Bureau B. Ten years after Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius formed Cluster in 1971, the first chapter in the Cluster story drew to a close 1981, after the release of their seventh studio album, Curiosum. Hans-Joachim Roedelius said: “Cluster had run its course. We decided to concentrate on other projects. …

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BLACK MOON CIRCLE-FLOWING INTO THE 3RD DIMENSION.

Black Moon Circle-Flowing Into The 3rd Dimension. Label: Crispin Glover Records. In mid-2105, Trondheim-based psychedelic space rockers Black Moon Circle, announced that they planned to release a trilogy of studio jams. This was, without doubt, the most ambitious project of Black Moon Circle’s career so far. Just over two years later, and Black Moon Circle have …

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GALACTIC EXPLORERS-EPITAPH FOR VENUS.

Galactic Explorers-Epitaph For Venus. Label: Mental Experience. In October of 2016, Mental Experience, an imprint of Guerssen Records released Cologne Curiosities-The Unknown Krautrock Underground 1972-1976, which featured seven tracks from the Pyramid Records’ vaults. The compilation was a musical amuse-bouche, that allowed music fans to experience a tantalising taste of the music that Pyramid Records’ …

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THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MICHAEL ROTHER.

The Life and Music Of Michael Rother. During the early seventies, the German music scene was thriving, and  was one of the most vibrant in Europe. Some of the most influential and innovative music was being accorded released by German bands. This included the holy trinity of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!. Along with Amon Düül II, Ashra, …

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ESMARK-MARA I AND MARA II.

Esmark-Māra I and Māra II. Label: Bureau B. On the ‘27th’ of July 2017, Esmark, the collaboration between sound architect Nikolai von Sallwitz and experimental artist Alsen Rau will join what is one of the most exclusive clubs in music. Its members include musical luminaries like Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Guns N’ Roses, Bruce Springsteen …

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EBERHARD KRANEMANN AND HAROLD GROSSKOPF-KRAUTWERK.

Eberhard Kranemann and Harald Grosskopf. Label: Bureau B. Ever since The Beatles released Love Me Do in 1962, many musical luminaries have talked about collaborating on an album. Sadly, that is often as far as it got. Egos got in the way of the project, and what could’ve been a historical collaboration was shelved.  Other …

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SPACE, ENERGY AND LIGHT-EXPERIMENTAL  ELECTRONIC AND ACOUSTIC SOUNDSCAPES 1961-88.

Space, Energy and Light-Experimental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88. Label: Soul Jazz Records One of the most eagerly awaited compilations of recent months is a collection of soundscapes from Soul Jazz Records entitled Space, Energy and Light-Experimental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88. These fourteen soundscapes were all created by musical pioneers.  The story starts in …

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