Kraut: BBC Documentary: A Catalyst for the Neu Motorik
— By Oscar Paul Medina | November 27, 2009
The influence that krautrock has had on the music of the last 40 years has not yet been properly quantified or codified; to this day it remains a vague taxonomy of sounds, categories and phonic components that serve as a modern day venn diagram for discourse on underground music. Hip-hop, post-punk, house, noise, techno, psych, indie, and more subtly the digressions that one hears in pop music carry the embyronic aspects of this experimental approach to sound.
Via the indirect tutelage of minimalist composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and the free jazz impressions of Albert Ayler a suite of bands that included Can, Kraftwerk, Amon Duul and Cluster formed to unequivocally change the direction of modern music. The BBC has put together an incisive documentary that sketches the historical narrative of this movement by mapping the outflow of connections vis a vis rare live performances, raw interviews and astute commentary.