Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

Winds of Change

July 24, 2019

Very moving BBC Radio 4 documentary on Winds of Change how it came to be written, impact on people’s lives, interwoven with East Berlin and fall of Berlin Wall, and hopes of people in Soviet Union.

Meant a lot to me as at Checkpoint Charlie in May, walked along a stretch of the Berlin Wall, was in East Berlin.

Also Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions a friend.

Had me in tears.

A pity BBC did not play song in full, spine chilling.

For me chilling to walk along the Berlin Wall, to visit Checkpoint Charlie.

Inspiration for Winds of Change was a peace concert in Moscow, and Perestroika under Mikhail Gorbachev.

When the Berlin Wall fell, people across Europe had hope.

Now we have a thuggish state in Russia headed by Vladimir Putin, rise of Fascism across Europe, political show trials in Spain.

Efterklang

October 5, 2012
Efterklang and the Wordless Music Orchestra at the Met Museum

Efterklang and the Wordless Music Orchestra at the Met Museum

Efterklang and the Wordless Music Orchestra at the Met Museum

Efterklang and the Wordless Music Orchestra at the Met Museum

Efterklang are a Danish avant garde rock group based in Germany.

Last month they released Piramida, recorded at a remote location in what was once northern Sweden, now part of Russia.

Pyramiden, after which the album is named, is an abandoned mining town in Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic. Pyramiden is Russian for pyramid.

Imogen Heap has a way of capturing sound and weaving it into music. Efterklang have done the same with sounds from Pyramiden.

Pyramiden was premiered at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York.

It is a pity Efterklang have not released Pyramiden, especially the live concert from Metropolitan Museum Of Art with the Wordless Music Orchestra, on bandcamp, as then the album would reach a far wider audience.

Pyramiden is their fourth album. Earlier albums are available on bandcamp, but only the odd track, which is to abuse bandcamp.

Efterklang are playing the Dome in Brighton 28 October 2012, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester 29 October 2012 and the Barbican in London 30 October 2012 (sold out).

Special thanks to Shadowboxer for drawing my attention to Efterklang and telling me they were worth a listen.

Krautrock

November 23, 2010

BBC Four documentary Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany.

Also see

Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany