Dieter Moebius (Cluster, Harmonia) is one of the most important protagonists of avant-garde electronic music in Germany. Conny Plank is the most legendary sound engineer of the German Underground (NEU!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster, DAF etc.)
They got to know each other through their work on Cluster’s 1971 album and remained friends until Plank’s death in 1987. They made a congenial pair as musicians, as amply demonstrated by their brace of albums “Rastakraut Pasta” (1980) and “Material” (1981) which are now being reissued by Bureau B. Both releases come as a CD digipak and 180 gram high quality vinyl.
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Time to sum up the past ten years and list the 20 best / most important electronic, electro, EBM and synth albums that has been released. This is of course a tricky quest and will most likely create some debate. Numerous of good albums has been released and I have certainly not listened to all of them, but still someone needs to make a statement :-). The albums are listed in order of importance, but may not be absolute, in the sense that – if they are rated as number 6, they could easily be argued to have place number 7 instead etc, but still…
Kraftwerk – Tour de france soundtrack
The Knife – Silent Shout
Goldfrapp – Black Cherry
Covenant – Skyshaper
Colder – Again
Daft Punk – Discovery
Felix! – Kittenz and thee glitz
Welle: Erdball – Die wunderwelt der technik
Suicide – American supreme
DAF – Fünfzehn neue D.A.F-Lieder
VNV Nation – Futureperfect
Röyksopp – Melody A.M.
Rammstein – Mutter
Vive la fete – Republique populaire
And One – Agressor
Jeans Team – Musik von oben
Recloose – Cardiology
Melotron – Sternenstaub
Télépopmusik – Genetic world
System – Self organizing
Legendary German electro-pop outfit DAF will perform August 10 at the M’era Luna festival in Hildesheim, Germany as a prelude to a European tour set to begin in January 2009. Tour dates include January 7 in Berlin, Germany, January 11 in Zurich, Switzerland and January 24 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Visit DAF’s MySpace page for the band’s current tour itinerary.
In the early 1980’s, Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft was the highly controversial electro-punk bank heading up the roster of the ”New German Wave” of politically-motivated rock bands.
The first two D.A.F. albums featured the original four-piece line-up and a range of styles. Some songs on Die Kleinen und die Bösen (The Small Ones and the Evil Ones), featured thrashed guitars, electronic screeching, and hammered drums while Gabi screamed and ululated. The record was widely lauded by the British Music press, and earned the group an early cult following in the UK.
As their sound crystallized into a more rhythmically intense and minimalistic style, Gabi and Robert ejected the other members, who had become superfluous both musically and in terms of the chemistry within the band. On the later albums recorded by the remaining duo, the arrangements were sparse and heavily electronic, the singing evolved from abstract screams and mumbles to a very direct, rhythmic vocal style, and their live performances were delivered with such intensity that a 1980 concert in Düsseldorf had to be stormed by the police to bring the crowd under control.