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Can

Dubbed "the world's most original rock band" by the British music press, Can are simply without peer.

Founded: 1968

Location: Cologne, Germany

Website: The Official CAN / Spoon Records Website

Christian Buchard, RIP

Sadly, Christian Buchard, the founder of the German jazz-rock-world collective Embryo passed away. My condolences to his family and in particular his daughter Marja, I hope she continues the torch!
"Der Multiinstrumentalist und Gründer der Weltmusik- und Krautrockband Embryo ist am 17. Januar 2018 im Alter von 71 Jahren verstorben. Christian erlitt vor etwa zwei Jahren einen Schlaganfall und konnte nicht mehr auftreten. Seitdem hat seine Tochter Marja die Bandleitung übernommen. Im Jahr 2008 erhielt Embryo (gegründet 1969) den Deutschen Weltmusikpreis 'Ruth'.
R.I.P Christian"

Cluster

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Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius parted ways with Conrad Schnitzler to form Cluster in 1971. Their improvised music proved ground breaking in terms of structure and timbre, mostly composed by treated instruments and electronic means. After leaving Berlin, they settled in Forst, Lower Saxony, and built a home studio, which fostered collaborations with many musicians, including Michael Rother, Conny Plank. Brian Eno and Mani Neumeier.

Founded: 1971

Location: Forst, Germany

Website: hans-joachim roedelius

Eiliff

Founded: 1970

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Eulenspygel

Originally called the Royal Servants in the 1960s, Eulenspygel's first album is curiously title "2."

Founded: 1971

Location: Reichenbach, Swabia, Germany

Faust

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German for "fist", Faust were pioneers in the studio. After two albums for Polydor, they signed with the fledgling Virgin label. Priced as a single, The Faust Tapes album sold a staggering 50,000 + copies - amazing since it is one amazingly weird pastiche. Their live appearances were explosive (literally), as the pinball machines and jack-hammer legends detail. The band carried on for nearly two years after IV, however that album, recorded outside the Wumme studio, was their last.

Founded: 1970

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: Faust General : News

Finki Open Air 2018

This year I will be travelling to Mani Neumaier's annual open air music festival in Finkenbach. The two day festival on August 10th and 11th, features an amazing lineup: Epitah, Faust, Amon Düül II and Marblewood on Friday, and Embryo, Birth Control, Kraan, Guru Guru, Jane and Vibravoid on Saturday. SEE YOU THERE!

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Frumpy

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Hamburg's finest, Inga Rumpf, Jean-Jacques Kravetz, Carsten Bohn, and Karl-Heinz Schott, blazed as Frumpy before morphing into Atlantis.

Founded: 1970

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: INGA RUMPF & FRIENDS

Genrich, Ax

Monster guitarist for Guru Guru. Also was founding member of Agitation Free.

Founded: 1945

Location: West Berlin, Germany

Website: Ax Genrich & Band

Göttsching, Manuel

One of the true pioneers of what would eventually be called techno, house, electronic etc. His work as a solo artist represents some of the most seminal works from the progressive era.

Founded: 1952

Location: Berlin, Germany

Website: Ashra - The Official Website