Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Six Degrees of Sauerkraut -- Part XVII: Deutschland's Simon & Garfünkel

Back in the day, it was always the Berlin scene vs. la Düsseldorf scene. Rarely did anyone speak of the Steinbergkirche scene. But Steinbergkirche had its very own Cluster in Von Deyen and Schütz; Von Deyen playing Moebius to Schütz's Roedelius.

They teamed up for 1983's Inventions; one of the most profound LPs to emerge from the glimmerlight. Indeed, Von Deyen and Schütz were the glimmerlight's own Simon & Garfünkel.

Not many people know that soon after Von Deyen and Schütz met, they attempted to program themselves into one solitary unit; one being following the same sub-routines and protocols, masters of both the Roland Jupiter 4 (Schütz) and the Arp 2600 (Von Deyen). 

As you can see from the album cover, the two came close to succeeding. Indeed, they became sort of cybernetic twins, Leoben's if you will, philosophizing synthesists in the deep blue pools of the glimmerlight.

Anyway, we spent many nights drinking Grape Juice Plus to the sounds of Inventions, especially the track "Farland", which you can hear by clicking on the title of this post.

This has all happened before. Will it happen again?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Six Degrees of Sauerkraut -- Part XVI: Danz Die Sternzeit

As I mentioned earlier, Adelbert Von Deyen also travelled the sternzeit before joining us in the glimmerlight. 

Some claim that Adelbert actually wanted to be Klaus Schulze, but he messed up the programming. They've got it all wrong! They were never there with us, basking in the blue depths of the inner-hinterhüffer. Just click on the title of this post to hear what I'm talking about. Adelbert wrote this track, "Mars," as an homage to the planet he visited in late-79. I'm afraid that Klaus could probably never come up with such a funky synth masterpiece. Immer wieder!

Indeed, Adelbert had spent much of '79 touring the planets of the galaxy, and the trip formed the basis of his masterpiece LP -- Planetary. An album that takes me right back to the glimmerlights of my youth.

Adelbert would soon team up with Dieter Schütz to form one of the most underrated krautrock duos of all time. Tune in tomorrow for that tale...

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Six Degrees of Sauerkraut -- Part XV: Dieter Schütz in Miracle World

Dieter Schütz was born hundreds of years ago, on the planet Aries near Mount Eternal. After Dieter trained in the Shellcore technique (the use of which enables one to shatter rocks with his bare fists), Janken the Great captured Prince Egle, and his fiancée Princess Lora.

Dieter spent many years battling Janken, and came close to death many times. Like Luke Skywalker, and his father before him, Dieter became more than human along the way. Missing limbs replaced with mechanical parts, such that when he arrived in Düsseldorf in the late 70s,  you could not tell what was man, and what was machine.

Dieter took up residence in the glimmerlight, and studied the Oberheim technique with Schulze and the others. Only then was he able to vanquish Janken. Check out Dieter Schütz's "Spacelab" by clicking on the title of this post.

Dieter left the glimmerlight too soon. He took off with Adelbert Von Deyen, presumably to return to Aries. In the mid-80s, a Japanese video game company, Sega, based its video game Alex Kidd in Miracle World on the life and times of Dieter Schütz (he was big in Japan). If you're out there my brother, we miss you.

Rauf und runter!