Saturday, 17 April 2010

Machine Music Reviews Krautrock

Taking an apparent delight in sonic experiences that transcend the human, Machine Music has recently posted a very favourable review of the Black Dog volume, Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy, which features my essay ‘Background Radiation: The West German Republic Tunes In To The Cosmos’.

‘This collective effort,’ runs part of the Machine Music review, ‘is a hybrid of some sort – it is both a reference guide to kosmische musik and the first available coffee table book on Krautrock. This is not meant to be derogatory in any way. Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and its Legacy is the first book of its kind that combines engaging content with dozens of photos and full-color illustrations of album covers and posters. It is not the kind of book you want sitting on a shelf far out of reach.’

Full of interesting posts on matters ranging from early electronic music created for the National Film Board of Canada to Ambrose Bierce on noise, Machine Music really distinguishes itself by featuring a picture of Deutsche Grammophon’s 8-track cartridge release of Stockhausen’s Gruppen – a truly awe-inspiring sight.

See also:
Krautrock Kristmas Broadcast Details
Recording Resonance FM’s Krautrock Kristmas Special
Black Dog Krautrock Launch: Systems AOK
Black Dog Krautrock Launch

Pictured above: space porn from io9, ‘Mysterious Radio Waves Emitted from Nearby Galaxy’, reposted from the New Scientist site.

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