This week’s episode of Sonic Landscapes, which explores various examples of experimental German rock, is brought to you by Comrade Aaron Goldstein. He writes:
“A precise definition for Krautrock is hard to pin down. A comprehensive Krautrock mix is hard to make. Neither is attempted here. Provided is a sampler of the insane and inventive sound which emerged out of the void of the fractured landscape of postwar Germany. For the sake of brevity and cohesiveness, this short compilation favors Krautrock’s psychedelic dimension, which is one part of a more complex entity. Apart from the inclusion of tracks by Cluster and Popol Vuh, the electronic/ambient sound they pioneered alongside Kraftwerk, Klaus Schulze, Florian Fricke, and others has been left for another mix and another time. These sounds are the product of a tumultuous, uncertain, exciting, and violent time, but their resonance is unending.”
Inability is often the mother of restriction, and restriction is the great mother of inventive performance.
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1. We Know About the Need – Popol Vuh
2. After Eight – Neu!
3. Schöne Hände – Cluster & Eno
4. Kanaan – Amon Düül II
5. Ich Mache Einen Spiegel – Popol Vuh
6. Oh Yeah – Can
7. Sonnenschein – Harmonia
8. The Assassin’s Beautiful Daughter – Acid Mothers Temple
9. Lila Engel (Lilac Angel) – Neu!
10. Paperhouse – Can
11. Ashes to Ashes – Tangerine Dream
12. Eye-Shaking King – Amon Düül II