Category Archives: Berlin School

CULT CLASSIC: KLAUS SCHULZE-CYBORG.

Cult Classic: Klaus Schulze -Cyborg. By the time Klaus Schulze released his debut solo album Irrlicht in 1972, he had already been in what would prove to be two of the most important, innovative and influential Krautrock bands, Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel. Both groups would write their names into the history books. However, …

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CULT CLASSIC:REQUIEM-FOR A WORLD AFTER.

Cult Classic: Requiem-A World After. For six months, George A. Speckert and Massimo Grandi laboured long and hard in Sparky Studios to record Requiem’s debut album For A World After. Eventually, the two men had completed what was an ambitious and innovative concept album, For A World After.  It had been written by George A. …

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CULT CLASSIC: SYLVIAN AND CZUKAY-PLIGHT AND PREMONITION.

Cult Classic: Sylvian and Czukay-Plight and Premonition. By early 1986, former Can bassist Holger Czukay was now a successful solo artist, and was working on his fourth solo album was eventually released in 1988 as Rome Remains Rome. It was being recorded at Can Studio, in Cologne, and Holger Czukay was joined by drummer Jaki …

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CULT CLASSIC: AK MUSICK-AK MUSICK.

Cult Classic: AK Musick-AK Musick. By the early seventies, the West German music scene was thriving. Across the country, new bands were being formed, and releasing new, ambitious,  innovative and experimental music. This had been the case since the late sixties, when the first wave of new bands were formed. One of the earliest groups …

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CULT CLASSIC: POPOL VUH-MESSA DI ORFEO,

Cult Classic: Popol Vuh-Messa Di Orfeo. Popol Vuh were one of a number of groundbreaking bands who were formed in West Germany in the early seventies, and over the next three decades established a reputation for releasing innovative music that influenced the next generation of musicians. This was the case from the release of Popol …

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CULT CLASSIC: ADELBERT VON DEYEN-STERNZEIT.

Cult Classic: Adelbert Von Deyen-Sternzeit. By 1977, Adelbert Von Deyen was working as a retoucher for a Berlin newspaper. While this kept him busy during the day, he had plenty of free time in the evenings. Wanting to put his free time to good use, Adelbert decided to take up a hobby. The hobby he …

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CULT CLASSIC: LIGHTDREAMS-ISLANDS IN SPACE.

Cult Classic: LightDreams-Islands In Space. Thirty-five years ago in 1981, the British Columbian band LightDreams, released their debut album, Islands In Space. It was a captivating, psychedelic sci-fi odyssey where LightDreams explored cosmic ideology. This was something that had fascinated and enthralled the band’s leader Paul Marcano ever since he first encountered the work and theories …

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CULT CLASSIC: ASHRA-CORRELATIONS.

Cult Classic: Ashra-Correlations. When Manuel Göttsching released Inventions For Electric Guitar in 1975, this was meant to be the start of a new chapter in his career. Inventions For Electric Guitar was meant to be Manuel Göttsching’s debut solo album. Some eagle eyed record buyers weren’t so sure about that. Atop the album cover to …

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CULT CLASSIC: MANUEL GOTTSCHING-INVENTIONS FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR.

Cult Classic: Manuel Göttsching-Inventions For Electric Guitar. When Manuel Göttsching released Inventions For Electric Guitar in 1975, it was regarded as a new chapter in his career. Inventions For Electric Guitar was Manuel Göttsching’s debut solo album, and first release after releasing five albums as Ash Ra Tempel. Or was it? Eagle eyed record buyers having …

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CULT CLASSIC: GANDALF-JOURNEY TO AN IMAGINARY LAND.

Cult Classic: Gandalf-Journey To An Imaginary Land. Prior to embarking upon a musical career, and becoming  one of Austria’s most accomplished, innovative and successful musicians, Gandalf travelled extensively. That’s why the talented multi-instrumentalist never released his debut album Journey To An Imaginary Land until 1980. By then he was twenty-nine. However, soon, Gandalf would make up for …

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MOGWAI-TEN RAPID (COLLECTED RECORDINGS 1996-1997).

Mogwai-Ten Rapid (Collected Recordings 1996–1997). Label: Rock Action Records. Nowadays, there aren’t many bands that stay together twenty-eight years, and release thirteen studio albums, five soundtracks and two live albums. There’s also the small matter of two remix albums and the four compilations that the Glasgow-based band Mogwai have released. The very first album that Mogwai …

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CULT CLASSIC: KLAUS SCHULZE-IRRLICHT.

Cult Classic: Klaus Schulze-Irrlicht. In 1969, Berlin’s vibrant musical scene was thriving. At the heart of Berlin’s music scene was the Zodiak Free Arts Lab. It was the cultural centre of the city. This was where some of Germany’s top bands took their tentative steps towards greatness. However, the Zodiak Free Arts Lab was also …

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THE PAUL MARCANO AND LIGHTDREAMS STORY.

The Paul Marcano and LightDreams Story.  When British Columbian band LightDreams released their debut album Islands In Space in 1981,  it was a captivating psychedelic sci-fi odyssey exploring cosmic ideology. Normally, an album like Islands In Space would’ve found favour with fans of psychedelia and progressive rockers who embraced cerebral, innovative and epic albums. Alas, that wasn’t …

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CLUSTER’S CLASSIC YEARS 1971-1981.

Cluster’s Clasic Years 1971-1981. The Cluster story began in the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in West Berlin  when Hans-Joachim Roedelius first met Dieter Moebius. Little did they know that they were about to embark upon a musical journey that would last five decades.  During that period, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius were part of three …

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THE NEU! STORY.

The Neu! Story. 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 recorded and released by German bands. This included the holy trinity of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!. Along with Amon Düül II, Ashra, Cluster, Popol Vuh …

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MICHAEL ROTHER- FLAMMENDE HERZEN, STERNTALER, KATZENMUSIK AND FERNWARME.

Michael Rother-Flammende Herzen, Sterntaler,Katzenmusik and Fernwärme. Label: Gronland Records. 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 recorded and released by German bands. This included the holy trinity of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!. Along with Amon Düül …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOGWAI.

The Life and Times Of Mogwai. The Mogwai story which began in 1991, when Stuart Braithwaite and Dominic Aitchison met in Scotland’s musical capital, Glasgow. Four years later, they met drummer Martin Bulloch and formed Mogwai, which film buffs will remember, is a character from the movie Gremlins. Mogwai was always meant as a temporary name, …

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THREE DECADES OF POPOL VUH.

Three Decades Of Popol Vuh. In West Germany in the early seventies, a number of groundbreaking bands were formed including one of the most important, innovative and influential bands in the history of German music, Popol Vuh. Over the next three decades Popol Vuh. established a reputation for releasing ambitious and innovative  music that influenced the next generation of musicians. This was the case from the release of Popol Vuh’s 1970 debut …

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DIETER MOEBIUS-THE POST CLUSTER YEARS

Dieter Moebius-The Post Cluster 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 …

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HARMONIA-A SUPERGROUP AND “THE MOST IMPORTANT BAND IN THE WORLD.”

Harmonia-A Supergroup and “The Most Important Band In The World.” Throughout musical history, innovative music has often failed to find an audience upon its release. It’s only much later, that the music’s importance and innovation is recognised. Musical history is littered with examples. This includes the group that Brian Eno once called : “the most important band in the world,” Harmonia. Despite such high praise, Harmonia’s …

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