II.BERLINER MUSIK-FILM-MARATHON 10.-24. April 2012
   


 

Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany

 

 

 

Ben Whalley Regisseur und Produzent

 
Seit 2003 als Produzent und Regisseur für BBC Television im Bereich Music Entertainment tätig.


When asked about their influences, nearly every contributor in Synth Britannia enthused about German electronic music of the mid 70s. Bands such as Neu!, Faust, Cluster, Tangerine Dream and,

of course, Kraftwerk were their primary inspiration.

Once Synth Britannia was in the can the same team was lucky enough to embark on the production of a film about this German music- unsympathetically labelled 'Krautrock' by the 70s music press in Britain.

KRAUTROCK: THE REBIRTH OF GERMANY and SYNTH BRITANNIA form two halves of a larger

whole and it is fascinating to follow the tracks and traces between them.

In both films the music is intimately connected to the outside world. For the German generation, older than the Brits, it's a wilful stance. Electronic music meant being a non-musician, opting out of imported Anglo-American pop culture and seeking to transcend the country's Nazi past - traces of which were still prevalent in the west-German establishment of the late 60s/early 70s. A way out.

Whilst the Germans used electronics to articulate a sonic utopia, many of the Brits saw electronic music as a way to interrogate reality. Arguably their music soundtracked great industrial cities in economic decline, rent asunder by brutal, Ballardian skyscapes.

Taken as a whole the two films are a 20 year journey condensed into two and a half hours. It is

both ironic and inevitable that something that started as an anti-bourgeois idea in the German counter-culture gets co-opted by the mainstream - with spectacular results in 80s Britain. I am not offering a value judgement, I loved the whole ride and am privileged to have been on it.

I have many postcard memories of Synth Britannia and Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany. Vince Clarke's incredible synth collection in frozen Maine; shockingly bad German cuisine - for a vegetarian; how recent urban 'development' has homogenised British cities; my suitcase happily sitting on the tarmac outside Tegel airport for a couple of hours; having to share a room with assistant producer Sam Bridger in Austria and witnessing his morning 'yogic splits'. It all blurs into one...


Ben Whalley: Reflections on making Synth Britannia & Krautrock, in: BBC Music Blog, www.bbc.co.uk

 

 

Dienstag 17. April 2012                                                                                                 18.00 Uhr

 

KRAUTROCK – THE REBIRTH OF GERMANY (GB 2009)

Regie: Ben Whalley

Mit: Wolfgang Seidel, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Klaus Schulze, Damo Suzuki, Iggy Pop, Edgar Froese, Holger Czukay, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Michael Rother u.a.
60 min., DVD

Einführung & Diskussion: Wolfgang Seidel


Eintritt frei   / Courtesy of BBC
 

 


 

Filmografie (Auswahl)

 

2000

KRAUTROCK: THE REBIRTH OF GERMANY (Produzent, Regie)

Synth Britannia (Produzent, Regie)

Folk America (Produzent, Regie)

Blowin' in the Wind (Produzent, Regie)

2008

American Masters: Neil Young – Don´t Be Denied

Motor City's Burning: Detroit From Motown To The Stooges

2007

If It Ain't Stiff (Produzent, Regie)

Once Upon a Time in New York: the Birth of Hip Hop, Disco and Punk (Produzent, Regie)

2005

Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop (Produzent, Regie)

Jazz Britannia (TV-Serie, Assistenz Produktionsleitung)

2003The Voice (TV-Serie), (Associate Producer)

 

www.bbc.co.uk

Courtesy of BBC