Jump to content


Photo

Who were the key figures in early German electronic music?

German Germany history

  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 Neurogami

Neurogami

    Big Super GrandMasta Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 733 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Scottsdale AZ
  • Interests:Art, music, technology

Posted 30 April 2015 - 20:54

For assorted reasons I've been thinking of writing and illustrating a children's book about electronic music. In particular, a book in German about German pioneers of electronic music. I'm not a native speaker of German so part of this is to help me learn the language. And have fun in so doing. I'm aware of Karlheinz Stockhausen. And Kraftwerk, of course. But less familiar with the pre-Kraftwerk people. Thanks!

Update: I've started tracking stuff in a spreadsheet:

https://docs.google....dit?usp=sharing

13 May 2015: Added a few more entries. If you've not seen http://120years.net you own it to yourself to check it out. Great history of electronic instruments.

 

4 June 2015:  I'm trying to limit this to people and places pre-Kraftwerk.  I think from 1970 on there's a a fair amount already known.  Plus, after that, making electronic music was far less novel.


Edited by Neurogami, 05 June 2015 - 02:28.

  • El°HYM likes this

#2 BTS

BTS

    New Member

  • Normal Members
  • Pip
  • 9 posts

Posted 30 April 2015 - 21:15

I'm not sure how far back they go, but Tangerine Dream comes to mind.  Can was formed by students of Stockhausen.  NEU! was also in that group or bands. Outside of that, maybe look into Musique Concrete and see if there are any more German artists there.


  • Neurogami likes this

#3 Parasonic

Parasonic

    Local Chief Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 219 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Interests:90's electronica

Posted 30 April 2015 - 21:59

http://en.wikipedia....i/Klaus_Schulze


  • DoubleDeep and Neurogami like this

#4 radebrecht

radebrecht

    New Member

  • Normal Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Germany

Posted 30 April 2015 - 23:20

Have a look at yello (http://www.yello.com/). Not quite as early as Kraftwerk and also swiss, but pretty innovative sampling pioneers.

 

Not a musician and only because we are where we are: Karsten Obarski, the developer of the Ultimate Soundtracker (https://en.wikipedia...te_Soundtracker), one of the early predecessors of our lovely renoise.


  • Neurogami likes this

#5 El°HYM

El°HYM

    Big Super GrandMasta Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 761 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NIBIRU
  • Interests:I AM El°HYM

Posted 01 May 2015 - 15:19

Not to forget these Dudes:

 

CAN

 

 

 


  • Neurogami likes this

Inside ur Renoise; helping Byte-Smasher putting Cab Sims on ur Master.  :ph34r: 


#6 cupcake

cupcake

    Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPip
  • 51 posts

Posted 02 May 2015 - 03:43

Cluster/Kluster: https://en.wikipedia.../Cluster_(band)

 

Also worth looking up things Conny Plank was involved with.


  • Neurogami likes this

#7 Mirko

Mirko

    New Member

  • Normal Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts

Posted 03 May 2015 - 00:36

Maybe it's a good idea to start with Berlin School (and Düsseldorf School), the Wikipedia articles probably contain the most important names:

 

http://en.wikipedia....lectronic_music

http://en.wikipedia....lectronic_music

 

Mirko


  • Neurogami and El°HYM like this

#8 DoubleDeep

DoubleDeep

    Super Advanced Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 122 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Norway

Posted 03 May 2015 - 20:02

Pete Namlook and all of his collabs on FAX. Legend!


  • Neurogami likes this

#9 Neurogami

Neurogami

    Big Super GrandMasta Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 733 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Scottsdale AZ
  • Interests:Art, music, technology

Posted 07 May 2015 - 07:01

I've started putting stuff into a spreadsheet:


https://docs.google....dit?usp=sharing

#10 Mastrcode

Mastrcode

    Super Advanced Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 148 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Germany

Posted 04 June 2015 - 18:25

Aloso important persons in Germany's electronic music History:

 

Torsten Fenslau: Resident DJ of the Dorian Grey discotheque in Frankfurt (opened in 1978, closed in 2000). One of the first pioneers of "Sound of Frankfurt" and also founder and producer of Culture Beat (Mr. Vain), LDC (Die Schwarze Zone), Klangwerk and some more and owner of the electronic music label Abfahrt Records. He died after a car crash on December 6, in 1993.

 

Andreas Tomalla: also known as Talla 2XLC (tracks: Come With Me, Spring, Can You Feel The Silence, Anybody Out There. Projects: Axodry, Bigod 20, Zyrus 7), also Resident DJ of the Dorian Grey in Frankfurt, also one of the first pioneers of "Sound of Frankfurt" and the trance/techno scene in Germany. He is the founder of the famous "Technoclub" dicotheque (1984) in Frankfurt and also of the same called, still today existing radio show. He was and still is one of the biggest trance producers and maybe the inventor of the word "Techno".

 

Wikipedia:

Talla, in the early to mid-1980s, worked in City Music at Frankfurt Station and began to categorize artists such as New Order, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Heaven 17 and Front 242 under the heading techno, to sum up all technologically created dance music.

 

BTW: you can listen to the Technoclub radio show today at 9:00 pm local german time (GMT +1:00 hour, and +1 hour again because of the german summer time) on the german radio station Sunshine Live. You also can listen via livestream here.


Edited by Mastrcode, 04 June 2015 - 19:12.


#11 Mastrcode

Mastrcode

    Super Advanced Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 148 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Germany

Posted 04 June 2015 - 18:38

Also these guys: Welle: Erdball



#12 dby

dby

    Big Super GrandMasta Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 767 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 05 June 2015 - 02:02

I suspect Einstürzende Neubauten might not fit the genre?

 

Perhaps check out Christina Kubisch? I like her electrical walks and she's been at it since seventies, early eighties.

 

...Oh, the subject read 'key figures'... Hey, why not throw in a few extras, like characters in the background or something ;)



#13 Neurogami

Neurogami

    Big Super GrandMasta Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 733 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Scottsdale AZ
  • Interests:Art, music, technology

Posted 05 June 2015 - 02:30

Thanks for the recent posts and suggestions.  I'm trying to limit this to 1970 and earlier.  After that electronic music was fairly common (however much genres changed).   


  • El°HYM likes this

#14 El°HYM

El°HYM

    Big Super GrandMasta Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 761 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NIBIRU
  • Interests:I AM El°HYM

Posted 02 March 2018 - 13:47

Maybe the Key - Figure, if we had to name only one & maybe also the very first. ...When u didnt read the op's original post for a while. :ph34r: 

 

https://en.wikipedia...inz_Stockhausen

 

In December 1952, he composed a Konkrete Etüde, realized in Pierre Schaeffer's Paris musique concrète studio. In March 1953, he moved to the NWDR studio in Cologne and turned to electronic music with two Electronic Studies (1953 and 1954), and then introducing spatial placements of sound sources with his mixed concrèteand electronic work Gesang der Jünglinge (1955–56).


Edited by El°HYM, 02 March 2018 - 13:55.

  • Neurogami likes this

Inside ur Renoise; helping Byte-Smasher putting Cab Sims on ur Master.  :ph34r: 


#15 random

random

    Local Chief Member

  • Normal Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 220 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:X
  • Interests:Babylon by Bass

Posted 02 March 2018 - 17:31

seventies (not all is pure electronic)

 

code 3 - planet of man - 1974

https://www.youtube....h?v=MlK03qeAmIY

 

jürgen karg - elektronische mythen - 1977

https://www.youtube....h?v=UXiOzVabdUk

 

popol vuh - affenstunde - 1970

https://www.youtube....h?v=7hwl20jmDOk

 

kluster - zwei osterei - 1971

https://www.youtube....h?v=x6p6z57kd2I

 

baba yaga - collage - 1974

https://www.youtube....h?v=l8SBzn31Eys

 

dzyan - electric silence - 1974

https://www.youtube....h?v=sxi68g9VxMI

 

michael bundt - neon - 1979

https://www.youtube....h?v=9F5X89LXJWc

 

lutz ran - solo trip - 1978

https://www.youtube....h?v=FLb4l_rA2b4

 

robert schroder - harmonic ascendant - 1979

https://www.youtube....h?v=Q_N4QaGgEmc

 

-- off topic --

best kraut rock album:


Edited by random, 02 March 2018 - 17:35.

  • Neurogami likes this





Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: German, Germany, history