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Re: Krautrock: Love it or Hate it!
Sep 02, 2004, 18:52
Some others of the 'hidden gems' category, I think:

Gunter Schickert: "Samtvogel". The Berlin School approach as applied to multitracked electric guitar and delay lines. Sort of something like Manuel Gottsching's late 70s work's evil twin. Bad-trippy/creepy in places, but super-satisfying all the way thru.

Conrad Schnitzler: hit or miss, in some ways, unless you really like experimental/proto-industrial noise in doses. However, "Con" is awesome...hovers somewhere in a dark Krautish-preindustrial zone.

Asmus Tietchens: actually, the later you go, the more interesting albeit difficult he gets. Late Tietchens is uncompromising electronic/computer work of a edgy 'illbient' vein...his "Drei Teilmenge" on Mille Plateaux is worth a look for more experimental heads, as is the stuff he did on Silent back in the 90s.

Manuel Gottsching: "E2-E4". People tend to play down his late Ashra stuff, etc, but this is historic music...were it not for "E2-E4", techno (the real stuff, ala Detroit, not the clubby crapulescence) might not have emerged. It's a missing link between Kraut and techno, a link that Kraftwerk gets much more credit for but THIS is as critical as that was.
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