Tag Archives: Conny Plank

THE CLUSTER STORY.

THE CLUSTER STORY. The Cluster story began in the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in West Berlin. That’s where 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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HARMONIA-“THE MOST IMPORTANT BAND IN THE WORLD.”

HARMONIA-“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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ELECTRI CITY_2.

ELECTRI CITY_2. At this time of year, most people’s thoughts turn to holidays. Some people are easily pleased, while others struggle to find the perfect holiday. They spend an inordinate amount of time flicking through holiday brochures. Part of the problem though, is the amount of choice. However, one group of people seem to be …

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HARMONIA-DOCUMENTS.

HARMONIA-DOCUMENTS. By 1974, supergroups were popular on both sides of the Atlantic. This had been the case since 1966, when Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker formed Cream. Since then, several supergroups had been formed, including Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Blind Faith, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Bad Company. These supergroups enjoyed varying …

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DIETER MOEBIUS-BLOTCH.

DIETER MOEBIUS-BLOTCH. Probably, the most overused word in the English language is legend. Recently, it seems, the word has been used to describe overrated musical butterflies, who glibly flit between musical genres. They hang onto the coattails of much more talented musicians, hoping that some of their magic will rub off. When this didn’t result …

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DIES IRAE-FIRST.

DIES IRAE-FIRST.  For many new bands, their main objective is to release a “record.” They want to do this as quickly as possible. For them, it’s a sign that they’ve “arrived” and have one foot on the musical ladder. Sadly, for some bands, that’s as far as it goes. The album fails to sell and …

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BAUMAN/KOEK-BAUMAN/KOEK.

BAUMAN/KOEK-BAUMAN/KOEK. By 1978, German music was changing. The Krautrock era had ended in 1977, and there was a move towards electronic music. This wasn’t new.  The Berlin School had been around since the early seventies. It was also a precursor of ambient music, and went on to influence future generations of ambient musicians. Among the founding …

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KOLLECTIV-KOLLECTIV.

KOLLECTIV-KOLLECTIV. Musical history is littered with bands who only ever released one album. Often, that album fails to find the audience it deserves. This can come as a bitter blow, and sometimes, can lead to the band breaking up. By then, the rock star dream is over. The only option left, is to return to …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART TWO.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART TWO. BLACK MOON CIRCLE-THE STUDIO JAMS VOLUME I: YELOW NEBULA IN THE SKY. Norwegian psychedelic space rock band Black Moon Circle are one of the rising stars of the Norwegian music scene. Their previous album Andromeda was released to critical acclaim in October 2014. A great future was …

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HARMONIA-DELUXE.

HARMONIA-DELUXE. In June 1975, the three members of Harmonia returned to their studio in Forst for the recording of their sophomore album, Deluxe which was rereleased by Grönland Records on 18th December 2015. Deluxe would become the followup to Musik Von Harmania, which had been released in January 1974. Sadly, this groundbreaking album had failed …

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INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ROTHER-50 YEARS MAKING MUSIC.

INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ROTHER-50 YEARS MAKING MUSIC. During the early seventies, the German music scene was thriving. It was one of the most vibrant in Europe. Some of the most influential and innovative music was being released by German bands. This included the holy trinity of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!. Along with Amon Düül II, …

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HARMONIA COMPLETE WORKS.

HARMONIA COMPLETE WORKS. All too often, groundbreaking music is overlooked 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 Harmonia, Germany’s first supergroup.  Harmonia featured members members of Neu! and Cluster. They decided to form a new group, and went on …

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INTERVIEW WITH HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS-A LIFE MAKING MUSIC.

INTERVIEW WITH HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS- A LIFE MAKING MUSIC. The words pioneer and innovator are often overused. However, it is a fitting description of Hans-Joachim Roedelius. He is, without doubt, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of the past fifty years. His music has influenced several generation of musicians. And Hans-Joachim Roedelius has released more …

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INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ROTHER-50 YEARS MAKING MUSIC.

INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ROTHER-50 YEARS MAKING MUSIC. During the early seventies, the German music scene was thriving. It was one of the most vibrant in Europe. Some of the most influential and innovative music was being released by German bands. This included the holy trinity of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!. Along with Amon Düül II, …

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INTERVIEW WITH HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS.

INTERVIEW WITH HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS. The words pioneer and innovator are often overused. However, it is a fitting description of Hans-Joachim Roedelius. He is, without doubt, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of the past fifty years. His music has influenced several generation of musicians. And Hans-Joachim Roedelius has released more music that most musicians. …

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DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA-THE CONNY PLANK SESSION.

DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA-THE CONNY PLANK SESSION. By 1970, thirty year old Conny Plank was already well on his way to establishing a reputation as one of the most innovative producers in Germany. He had come a long way since his early days working as Marlene Dietrich’s sound engineer.  When multi-track recording was introduced, …

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HOLGER CZUKAY-DER OSTEN IST ROT/ROME REMAINS ROME.

HOLGER CZUKAY-DER OSTEN IST ROT/ROME REMAINS ROME. Recently, I was fortunate enough to interview one of the most innovative musicians of his generation, Holger Czukay. I spend forty minutes talking about Can and Holger’s solo career. It was a truly fascinating insight into a musical legend. Two of the albums we discussed were Der Osten …

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INTERVIEW WITH HOLGER CZUKAY OF CAN.

INTERVIEW WITH HOLGER CZUKAY OF CAN. It’s not every day I get the opportunity to interview one of my musical heroes. Today I did. I was fortunate enough to spend forty minutes interviewing the legendary Holger Czukay, who cofounded Can in 1968. We spent forty minutes discussing all things Can, Holger’s solo career and even, …

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NEU-NEU 2.

NEU-NEU 2. Although Neu never enjoyed the commercial success their music deserved, they’re without doubt, one of the most influential groups in musical history. They’re perceived as one of the founding father’s of Krautrock. They’ve influenced everyone from Brian Eno, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Radiohead, Primal Scream and a generation of electronic music producers. That’s …

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BRIAN ENO-AMBIENT 1/MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS.

BRIAN ENO-AMBIENT 1/MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS. After leaving Roxy Music in 1973, Brian Eno’s career changed direction. Instead, his attention turned to ambient and electronic music. This was a controversial decision, given Roxy Music were one of the most successful British bands of the early seventies. Brian Eno’s creativity was being stifled. He felt he’d much …

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