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Stellar unreleased music from Michael Rother of krautrock greats Harmonia and NEU! (a DM premiere)

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Stellar unreleased music from Michael Rother of krautrock greats Harmonia and NEU! (a DM premiere)

My favourite of the so-called German “krautrock” teams from the 1970s has at all times been NEU!. The band was fashioned by Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger after they left an early model of Kraftwerk, and Rother’s magical, rhythmic guitar work is a giant a part of their attraction. Through the mid ‘70s, he connected with the members of Cluster to type Harmonia, one other distinctive ‘70s German outfit; Brian Eno was a giant Harmonia fan, and ended up collaborating with them for a interval. In 1977, Michael Rother’s debut solo album, Flammende Herzen, was launched. The document’s atmospheric music is sort of a soundtrack for a movie that didn’t exist—but. The next 12 months, a film, impressed by and together with music from the album, appeared in West German theaters.
Flammende Herzen
Michael Rother’s first 4 solo data, Flammende Herzen, Sterntaler (1978), Katzenmusik (1979), and Fernwärme (1982)—all stable efforts—might be included on his forthcoming field set, Solo. The gathering additionally features a disc of beforehand unreleased movie scores by Rother, entitled Soundtracks, plus an LP, solely accessible with the vinyl version of the field, Remixes & Stay.
Katzenmusik era
A ‘Katzenmusik’ period picture.

The scores on Soundtracks had been composed for the movies Houston (2013) and The Robbers (2015). Harmful Minds is blissful to have for you the premiere of our favourite piece from The Robbers.

We requested Michael a couple of questions by way of e-mail.

How did you get entangled with The Robbers challenge?:

Michael Rother: In 2013, I used to be approached by an agent working for the movie firm that produced The Robbers. They requested me whether or not I’d be excited by contributing a rating to the movie. I don´t know why the corporate determined to succeed in out to me however I used to be undoubtedly . Only a few months earlier I attended the Sundance Movie Pageant the place the movie Houston was premiered, for which I had created the rating a 12 months earlier than. The world of movie has at all times impressed me. One of many two administrators of The Robbers, Pol Cruchten, despatched me a tough minimize. I favored the drama and so I felt thrilled by the problem of making music for The Robbers.

How did you go about composing the rating?:

Michael Rother: Reflecting on the movie as a complete and on particular scenes, some music sketches/memos in my archives got here to my thoughts, and I assumed they might work effectively with the ambiance of the story. I selected a number of fundamental concepts for 4 completely different scenes and offered my concepts to the director and his editor who came visiting me in Hamburg. They had been pleased with my common method to the movie, and issues moved ahead in a short time. I then spent about 6 months engaged on the rating, including new recordings and shaping the themes for the person scenes. It was an inspiring course of proper till the ultimate stage after I joined the director and his crew in Brussels for the audio mixing classes.

For the LP Soundtracks, which is included in my new field set Solo, I loved transforming the primary themes of the rating to The Robbers extensively in order that they made musical sense on their very own and when disconnected from the visuals/story of the movie.
The Robbers
What’s subsequent for you?:

Michael Rother: At my live performance at Beneath the Bridge in London on 05 April 2019, I’ll carry out my full second solo album Sterntaler stay for the very first time ever. Transferring the person tracks from my 24-track recording machine to the pc a couple of weeks in the past, I used to be but as soon as once more overwhelmed by the wonderful work Conny Plank contributed mixing the album and by Jaki Liebezeit´s unimaginable drumming. 


Solo might be launched on February 22nd by Groenland Information. Pre-order the field by way of Groenland’s web site, or get it on Amazon (the LP model is right here, and the CD set is right here).
Michael Rother 1976
Michael Rother, 1976.
Kraftwerk days
Kraftwerk days, c. 1971.
NEU 1972
NEU!, 1972.
Harmonia and Brian Eno
Harmonia with Brian Eno, 1976.

We’ll depart you with video of Michael Rother’s 2015 look at artFREQ in Copenhagen. For this efficiency, he was joined by Hans Lampe, who performed drums on NEU ‘75, and Franz Bargmann.

Implausible audio high quality on this one.

Beforehand on Harmful Minds:
Krautrock legend Michael Rother talks concerning the new Harmonia field set, plus unique footage!

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