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Musik Von Harmonia Import

4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 2, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Import
  • ASIN: B0001DD90Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This release sees the initial collaboration between the electronic duo Cluster and NEU! multi-instrumentalist Michael Rother, with the result being perhaps one of the best examples of the Krautrock form. This release, along with the more flowing and poppy "Deluxe", takes the industrialisms of early Cluster and the driving rock mechanisms of NEU! and splices them together to concoct a very satisfying artifact. Stuttering electronic rhythms sit alongside alternately tranquil and creepy ethereal ambiences here, making this an excellent look at the mid-70s German scene prior to Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" and its blowing the doors open to this style of music. Those interested at all in the early days of electronic pop MUST own a copy of this.
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Cluster and Neu's Michael Rother make an amazing, and mesmerizing first album here as Harmonium. Obviously very influential for David Bowie's Berlin albums Low and Heroes not to mention Brian Eno (who later collaborated with Cluster), Harmonia is dreamlike, unsettling, hypnotic, yet most times beat driven. It epitomizes what was interesting about so-called krautrock: rock beats, rhythm, repetition, simple yet engaging melodies and avant-garde timbre and tonal overlays. This is a powerful atmospheric album and it's not to be missed for those who enjoy that '70s German progressive rock sound a la Faust, Can and Popul Vuh. Check it out if you want to hear a band and sound that influenced Stereolab, My Bloody Valentine and to some extent Radiohead among others. It still sounds fresh and adventurous today.
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Originally released in 1974, 'Musik Von' is a true krautrock gem. In my humble opinion, it sounds like it could've EASILY been Neu's fourth lp. Cluster members Moebius and Roedelius joined forces with Neu! mastermind Michael Rother to assemble this timeless classic. I ended up waiting a while to get a copy of this CD, but it was WELL worth it. Though I cannot understand the song titles, my favorites are "Watassi", "Sehr Kosmisch" (English translation: Very Cosmic), the mind-erasing "Ahrwurm" and "Ahoi!" (meaning Ahoy!). An absolute MUST have for any true fan of this genre.
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This one is near the top in my humble opinion. A more perfect collaboration is hard to imagine - the combination of the cascading guitars of Neu! with the minimal electronic explorations of Cluster produce a brilliant sum that is far greater than its individual elements. Drone, drama, intensity, repitition, beauty, all instrumental. Groundbreaking composition that hardly anyone even knows about, and gosh darn it they should!
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Lots of rhythmic pulsing, gyrating tones ping ponged on analog recorders, sounds of synth, guitar, and synthetic percussion.
Along the lines of early Popul vuh, and later Manual Gottsching (though without the compelling and astonishing guitar lead work).

This material, and others like it, (these fellows were from Cluster and Neu!) laid the foundations of what would be come "new wave" and electronica 10-20 years later.

Though, these early bands appreciated a primitiveness to the sound that gives them a kind of authenticity that was lost later on.
It's not all rhythmic dance club mix such and such, it's also noise scapes and other interesting artifacts.
Enjoy!
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Beware that this release is COPY CONTROLLED. You might want to consider the Japanese release on Metronome; it costs a bit more but I don't think it suffers from this issue.
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First things first: earlier this year I finally saw the instructive "Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution" DVD documentary, and in it a bunch of Germany's so-called "Krautrock" scene is discussed, including of course Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Neu!, Can, etc., but also a number of bands with whom I was less familiar, or not familiar at all. Harmonia is one of those bands, so I started reading up a bit on these guys, and after having listened to their excellent "Live 1974" album that was issued in 2007, I decided to start from the top, and get their debut album. Harmonia is basically the guys from Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius), with Neu's Michael Rother as the third band member.

"Musik von Harmonia" (8 tracks; 42 min.) starts of with a blazing 6 min. "Watussi", and is then followed by an even better 11 min. "Sehr Komisch", a long track reminiscent of early Tangerine Dream (the title of the track says it all, really). "Sonnenschein" is the last track of the original "A" side of the album, which I rate it 4.5 stars. Side "B" consists for 5 mostly shorter songs (in the 3 to 5 min. range) and they are nice (check out in particular the threathening "Ohrwurm" and also "Veterano"), but not quite as compelling as the earlier songs on the album, so I rate Side B 3.5 stars.

Still, in all, this is a very satisfying album. How it is that, being the huge fan of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Kraftwerk that I am, I had not heard of these guys until recently is a mystery to me but better late than never. It blows the mind that this album came out exactly 35 years ago, as it still sounds fresh and innovative after all these years. "Musik von Harmonia" is highly recommended!
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