techno and few other intelligent things

Krautrock – The Rebirth of Germany (BBC Documentary)

“At the time when most of the West was rocking out to guitar gods, something very different was born in Germany: electronic music was virgin.”


Great documentary aired on BBC FOUR about the german movement called KRAUTROCK where a bunch of  uncompromising and original artists, in between 1968 and 1977, were looking for a way to exit their heavy past creating a new form of music. 
Bands like Neu!, Can, Faust, Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Kraftwerk would look beyond western rock and roll and jazz to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard. They shared one common goal – a forward- looking desire to transcend Germany’s gruesome past.




“…there are not knights of the realm here, just happy and experimental musicians.”


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Meet Michael Ballus and his analogue artillery

I am pleased to introduce you a great producer called Michael Ballus.

His love for analogue instruments is enormous and in his bunker in Bad Driburg – it’s the real name, I myself thought it was Michael saying his town was “bad” but… it’s the city’s real name – close to Kassel in Germany, there Michael collects and plays many juicy analog machines.

Michael grew up with friends like Gabriel Ananda (Trapez), Alex Multhaupt (Karmarouge) and Graziano Avitabile (Platzhirsch Schallplatten) all of them transmitted to Michael the love for hardware and djing.

He produces only on hardware synths and boxes, bypassing completely any computer based sequencer or Vst instruments and Vst efx, because he says they sound cold.

I asked him what was his favourite piece of gears he owns and heanswered it’s the analog synth Deep Bass Nine and the 808 clone Mam Adx-1 .

Complementary to his analogue artillery Michael often uses his own field recordings of natural sound processed to get unique hats and snares – this tecnique is nowadys used by many producers as TommyFourSeven, Plastikman and myself (eheheh).

Actually he’s looking for a serious label to release his deep tracks and he’s also working on some new ambient music projects.

I really love Michael’s  webcam video in which he plays live his own tracks in the studio, YouTube is full of such videos, be sure to check them out so to get a taste of his incredibly elegant sound and analogue warmth.

Here’s a couple of links:

so far he released for Rumpfunk Records two deep and experimental lps full of techno, electronica and ambient: Waldgedicht EP (October 2008) and In Weiter Ferne which registers the label’s downloads record: 60.000!!! being Rumpfunk a netlabel you can freely download both of them 🙂

Last cool things about Michael, he’s an hardcore gamer, those fps games in which you roam around with a big gun in your hands trying to shoot enemies, actually his web clan is Homefront’s number one in the world . wow! – this is why you can see homefront’s big poster stuck on Michael studio wall.

Now let’s hit play and drown deeply with michael’s warm music.

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Henry Rollins – what is wrong with you?!

I just watched this not-funny-at-all-video in which Henry Rollins (singer/songwriter: Black Flag, Rollins Band; actor: Jhonny Mnemonic, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Jackass 1 and 2, Lost Highways) talks shit about the rave scene and his people.

I don’t know what to think: first of all is not even funny (to me), second it’s kinda rude and desrespectful but more than anything is very wrong and ignorant, it sounds too much reactionary and stupid.

I use to like and respect Henry Rollins and what he’s done, but maybe he’s getting old and nuts.

“you got nothing
you got nothing to say
there’s nothing in your head
but your mouth keeps flapping anyway
you better
stop, stop, stop, stop
look and listen
you better
stop, stop, stop, stop
look and listen ”

from Rollins Band – Nice – Sanctuary 2001

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Rare 90’s Detroit techno video


90’s video which features Terrence Parker, Mike Huckaby, Juan Atkins, Ritchie Hawtin, Derrick May (huge!), Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, Rolando, Jeff Woodward, Gary Koral, Theorem, Kraftwerk, DJ Dunebugg…

pure detroit techno : minimal, soulful and machine driven!

this is top quality music.

lots of interviews, videoclips, intersting footages and faces I  love and respect, and I am sure you do the same!


via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

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Aphex Twin – MTV UK Party Zone Special From 1996

I just found this on Filter27 blog and decided to repost it in here.

it’s a good special UK Mtv dedicated to AphexTwin and I think it’s cool even if it’s hard for me to understand clearly when Richards speaks  😀


the interview goes really deep into Richard’s life and sentiments and music and influencies on his work, also lots of great videos in it!

at 6:00 you can watch the video of “ON” released in 1993 for Warp record, it’s  a great tune wich shows all the good sounds Warp records expressed in those years.

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holy ghost! love the videoclip

that’s the new video for Holy Ghost!’s Wait & See track  from Self-Titled LP. Directed by Ben Fries.

it makes me smile a lot. hope you like it too!

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