Posts Tagged ‘Neu!’

Dueling Debuts From 2 Electronic Wizards

April 30, 2010

Michael Rother, of Kraftwerk, Neu! and Harmonia fame, released his debut solo album in 1977 probably feeling quite ready to be freed of the success each of his previous groups had achieved and prove to the world just how little he needed collaborators to create his own works of perfect beauty. Now, this is getting to the late seventies, so the key word on this album is meelllooowww, as was common with any kraut rockers around this time, the zeitgeist was moving towards new aged and bliss out vibes. I’m all for this type of stuff because it’s undeniably dreamy and catchy but still weird and using those unmatched keyboards, oscillators and wacked out guitar tones that only the krauts could seem to find. I highly recommend this shit to anyone in a good mood. Also, while we’re here, be careful when digging for Michael Rother videos on the tube cause you might accidentally click the one where this guy is jammin with the chili peps and barf on your keyboard. Mine will never be the same.

Martin Rev, the musical brains behind possibly the punkest of all seventies punk bands, Suicide unleashed his out debut in 1980. Maybe it was the lack of Vega that made Martin create a very strange, but pretty and warm album that sound like if Suicide took a vacation and was gacked out of their brains on ecstasy. There’s certainly turns towards the dark and more classic industrial kick his previous work was so well known for but over all this album is a cool droned out exercise in electronic pop. I feel like you could watch the movie Brazil is fast forward while listening to this record start to finish and have a pretty good time. If you’re into that sort of thing.

Download: Michael Rother – Flammende Herzen


Martin Rev – S/T

Let’s Get Interactive

September 10, 2008

Time for something new around here, something i hope to come up with fairly regularly. I pick a video or some imagery and a song that works as certain catalyst to the equation, and BOOOM magic happens. That’s the hope anyway. It’s an effort to make for a fuller experience out of both the visual and the audio, the exact type of thing a movie soundtrack attempts to do but usually falls flat in the end. I think these work pretty well, but i’d be interested to know if i was the only one.

Instructions are simple:

1. Load The Video, Mute Video Volume

2. Click Song Link, Play Song

3. Watch/Listen

Repeat With Next Example

1. Ok, first one here is a group of stills from an abandoned home shot movie titled Body Order, not sure what the movie was about but you get the idea from the decimated kids strewn about the images it was fairly bleak. There is some back story in the link as well which helps these assumptions along.

Body Order Images

Song: “Hiroshima” By Alexander Von Borsig. There is some pretty heavy feedback for the first minute of the song, skip through that and then click through the images.

2. i have already posted, but i’m not sure how many people actually went through the process, so here it goes again.

Song: “Summer Sun” By Chris Stamey

3. Next, we have a video intended to put the Motorik sound to the test.

Song: “After Eight” By Neu!

4. And finally, for this first run anyway, a combo as nostalgic and whimsical as i could possibly come up with.

Song: “Fly” by J.K. & Co.