DOUBLE BIRTHDAY RELEASE !! KARLRECORDS celebrates its 10th birthday, ZEITKRATZER even its 20th! And the party starts with the necessary re-interpretations of early compositions by electronic pioneers KRAFTWERK.
Founded in 1997 by REINHOLD FRIEDL, ZEITKRATZER have since been creating an impressive catalogue of recordings that embraces 20th century avant-garde composers (CAGE, STOCKHAUSEN, LUCIER) as well as electronic artists (CARSTEN NICOLAI, TERRE THAEMLITZ) or underground experimentalists like THROBBING GRISTLE or COLUMN ONE. In their 20th anniversary year, the critically acclaimed ensemble will release a series of diverse albums that will explore new grounds in the typical, adventurous zeitkratzer way – the first of these albums is dedicated to KRAFTWERK and their early, kraut-esque albums “Kraftwerk” and “Kraftwerk 2”. As KRAFTWERK never re-released these albums, ZEITKRATZER gave its best to cover the first tranche of the songs (second tranche to come…).
Recorded in Marseille / France in May 2016, the six tracks reveal a bucolic and even psychedelic aspect of the ensemble that’s mostly known (or feared) for its interpretatory and aesthetic acerbity. And yet there’s no doubt that “Songs From The Albums „Kraftwerk“ And „Kraftwerk 2“ turned out a true ZEITKRATZER recording in the best and full meaning!
zeitkratzer directed by Reinhold Friedl
Frank Gratkowski / flute, clarinets, Elena Kakaliagou / french horn, Hilary Jeffery / trombone, Reinhold Friedl / harmonium, piano, Didier Ascour / guitar, Maurice de Martin / drums, Lisa Marie Landgraf / violin, Burkhard Schlothauer / violin, Elisabeth Coudoux, violoncello, Ulrich Phillipp / double bass
Recorded and mixed by Martin Wurmnest
Mastered & cut by Mike Grinser at D&M, Berlin
supported by 18 fans who also own “zeitkratzer performs songs from "Kraftwerk" and "Kraftwerk 2"”
I’d heard a of the songs without the context of the whole album and I just loved that weird nostalgic feel, like I’m looking back on a distant memory. But with the rest of the album it gives an incredible insight to dementia and I just think that’s beautiful. mickeyu28
supported by 15 fans who also own “zeitkratzer performs songs from "Kraftwerk" and "Kraftwerk 2"”
Don't forget his appearances on the very first Lo Recordings release (1995) where his tracks are credited as Omni Trio but they are already moving away from the beats/DnB style and toward what we're hearing in his current releases. "Creatures..." and said releases are much more evolved in scope and vision but minimal and essential in composition. Anthony Childs