techno and audio-visual fairy tales about machines
My enthusiasm for music began with the end of my childhood and the beginning of puberty. When I try to remember it back, vague fragments and titles of pieces of music appear, some of which are now somehow embarrassing for me. Therefore some musical slips will always remain in the dark of history. Almost at the same time I started dreaming of making music myself. Back then – due to the spirit of the times – I imagined how great it would be to play guitar. At that time I could not have imagined that I would end up with electronic music more than five decades later. When I think back and look at my musical milestones, there is definitely a red thread running through them. This thread consists of synthesizer sounds, non-conformism and a preference for danceable music. Welcome to my musical universe. Here you will find many stories about my own and other people’s music, DJ sets and much more. Have fun with it.
30 records in 30 days goes into the 24th round: I am not your Father…
Today I present you a musical hook: Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Tropical Gangsters. Funky, Latin, with a strong touch of disco. The ideal music for these gloomy times.
Time for a musical outing: I openly admit it, I’m a child of the disco generation and I love Saturday Night Fever. The dialogues are senseless, the plot – well. But the dance scenes… Dance to Kid Creole. It’s paaaaaaaarty time.
30 records in 30 days goes into the 23rd round: A piece of your heart can be found in every good car.
Today we will close my musical new wave era with one of the best albums from my whole collection, Hard by Gang of 4. As always, I took a quick look at Wikipedia to get an assessment of the music genre. It was quite surprising what I found about Gang of 4:
“The band played a stripped-down mix of punk rock, funk and dub, with a lyrical emphasis on the social and political ills of society. Gang of Four are widely considered one of the leading bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement. […] Their early 80s albums (Songs of the Free and Hard) found them softening some of their more jarring qualities, and drifting towards dance-punk and disco.”
30 records in 30 days goes into the 22nd round: love will tear us apart, and then we travel to Warshaw.
After talking about the commercialization of punk yesterday, today we’re going to take a step back. Joy Division is for me – similar to Alien Sex Fiend – a missing link between the synthesizer-heavy new wave music and the punk of the seventies. This album is really good, but the group lacks the anarchistic sound and synth experiments of Adrian Sex Fiend.
Don’t misunderstand, this in no way devalues the group’s sound, they are just different. Joy Division are so unexcitingly punk-oriented to me that this album is simply a joy to listen to. Quite typical for me: “Leaders of man” and “Warshaw”. It is also not aggressive (nice sample “Love will tear us apart”), like some other punk records, where you would like to tear down the neighbor’s house after two times listening.
30 records in 30 days goes into the 21st round: no more love songs….
This song is a very nice example of what can happen when you get pulled onto the commercial side of the force. Or in other words: what happens when the hard core punks start making money.The Sex Pistols singer Jonny Lydon founded PIL (Public Image Limited), his personal successor band to the Sex Pistols. The pure punks will have despised him for it, I celebrated him. And by the way: this is not a white sheet of paper, this is the original record cover.
30 records in 30 days goes into its twentieth round: I’m gone for a while.
Now we come to one of the groups I celebrated not only during my student days, but right up to here and now. The Sisters of Mercy. And for once, there’s a story to go with them. I will never forget the one and only Sisters concert I went to with a friend. I’ve forgotten the location, because of course I didn’t keep the ticket.
The atmosphere was fascinating. The singer Andrew Eldritch in a black coat, the rest of the band members in black clothes on stage. In the middle of a dry ice fog. Indirectly lit from the back of the stage. That’s how I remember the whole stage set-up. Ingenious.
The fact that you could only see the four of them dimly created a very strange, unreal atmosphere. As if there were no people on stage, but ghosts or aliens. Brilliantly done. Something like that should be realised in a club.
Here are the two most popular tracks from the maxi-single:
My brain is in the cupboard, above the kitchen sink. That’s how I feel in corona times. Sitting at home, not just one day to relax. No, the entire week, 24/7. What’s left? Nothing, everything is boring. Wait. A techno angel is knocking at your door. It has a gift…
Enjoy – directly from the machine heaven – the Januar edition of tante techno’s tea time. May the music be with you! And don’t even think about switching to the wrong side of the music…
30 records in 30 days goes into its nineteenth round. Collapses in an ideal world.
Since we’ve been in the middle of my New Wave phase since yesterday, here’s another one of my favourites. It’s funny, there were fewer stories connected with music during my studies. Probably because I had more money in the studio and therefore bought more records. As a substitute for a story, however, there is a remix of perhaps the best-known song from this LP, “Collapsing New People”. It was produced by veteran-DJ Wesbam in 2003.
30 records in 30 days goes into its seventeenth round. Let’s take a look at the last film with some big men…
Along with the end of my time in the Bundeswehr (hurray!) and the beginning of my studies (hurray, hurray! The era of boredom and stupidity came to an end, finally I could use my brain again) I started a new musical chapter: New Wave in all possible varieties. Sometimes with a lot of synthesizer, sometimes with guitars, sometimes a mix of both. One of my favourites was this album.
30 records in 30 days enters its sixteenth round. Listen to the voice of buddha…
Yessss. That’s it. With this record I was finally drawn to the danceable side of electronic music. How many times I listened to it, I don’t know. Quite often, anyway. I was thinking for a long time about picking up the band’s second long-playing record (Travelogue). But no, if we’re already on debut albums, then we’ll stick to that. Just as Klaus Schulze was the spark that ignited synthesiser music, Human League was the spark that ignited danceable electronic music.