VA - Cassettencombinat Berlin 1980 - 81

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"On the one hand, West Berlin provided a home for people who had run away from other places where their creativity was being stunted. On the other hand it was a paradise for all kinds of exhibitionists and posers, because it was possible to become someone pretty quickly – simply because it was a village-type community and also because no one could check up on your background.

"Reinventing both yourself and music. That was the nature of the time and the basic concept of the
Neubauten: "We will push the boundaries of music till there's no music left." Our aim was to totally destroy music."

Quoted from an interview with Alexander Hacke

Three slabs of vinyl
collecting tracks originally released on the tape label Cassettencombinat, compiled by label boss and Sprung aus den Wolken member Kiddy Citney
and available for a hot minute or two from Vinyl On Demand. Some of it doesn't really go anywhere (though that was probably the whole point), some of it hasn't aged too well (though it probably wasn't meant to last anyway). Thing is, this music was part of an incredibly fertile underground scene that was more about the creative/destructive process than about the results. It's a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, I guess.

I'm becoming a bit of an Alex Hacke fan though. Most of the tracks he's involved in still hold up remarkably well, conveying a sense of the place and time of their creation and transcending it at the same time due to a keen musicality and sense of structure and, you know, some interesting ideas beyond simple Krach. Interesting to compare the Borsig plus Sprung aus den Wolken/Aus Lauter Liebe/Ohne Untertitel tracks to the Sprung aus den Wolken/Ohne Untertitel stuff without his input: it's sort of interesting, but ultimately just period pieces.

Also pretty fantastic are Leben und Arbeiten
(featuring guitarist Jochen Arbeit, later of Die Haut and a Neubauten member since 1996) with their unnerving, bass driven proto-noiserock and the total nutters of the Frau Siebenrock Combo.

Like most of the German post-punk stuff I posted, I grabbed this one from Soulseek, so once again thanks to the original ripper/uploader.


Anonymous said...

cold, cavernous and claustrophobic - great stuff! thanks

goldbonny@gmail.com said...

thanks!!! i seem to only have the track listings, but not the artists' names... could you possibly add a list of tracks - artist names... ??? so that i could copy them?

thanks again. i am so glad i stumbled across your site ;)

goldbonny@gmail.com said...

ok, frauen und technik!!! natuerlich waren sie da, nur ich hatte sie schlauerweise geloescht... blablabla :) vielen dank nochmal! schoene gruesse aus montreal

square dancer said...

Hallo! Dein Deutsch ist ziemlich perfekt, bist du eine ex-pat? Und bist du gerade im französischen oder im kanadischen Montreal zu Hause? Schöne Grüße aus Wien!

goldbonny@gmail.com said...

ja. eine ex-pat, hahaha, cool! montreal ist franzoesisch... es gibt zwar immer mehr anglophone montrealer, aber im grunde genommen ist es franzoesisch... wow, wien, na da lebst du ja auch in ner super schoenen stadt!!! warst du schon mal in canada?

square dancer said...

Stimmt, in Wien lässt es sich schon aushalten. Nach Kanada hab ich bisher noch nicht geschafft, obwohl es mich eigentlich sehr reizen würde. Allerdings war ich schon in der südfranzösischen commune Montreal, deshalb auch meine Frage.

goldbonny@gmail.com said...

oh doahhh, langsam wird es ja peinlich!!! frauen und geografie ;) (auf irgendwas muss man es ja schieben)...

haste facebook, das ist so umstaendlich hier?

square dancer said...

Hehe :-) Es gibt in Frankreich noch ein paar andere Städte und Bezirke, die auch Montreal heißen.

Facebook hab ich nicht, diese social network-Dinger sind mir immer etwas suspekt.

goldbonny@gmail.com said...

jajaja. habe ich auch immer gesagt und nun bin ich "hooked" on facebook, denn irgendwie benutzen es alle. aber ich weiss was du meinst.

ansonsten nix besonderes hier. ausser viel zu viel tanzen und was sonst noch so dazugehoert. muss nun erst mal ein paar tage "relaxen". anyway. bei dir? wo gehst du so weg? was macht man in wien?

danke noch mal fuer die coole musik. und wenn du eines tages deine "vorurteile" ueberwindest und ein (fake) profile auf facebook kreirst, sag bescheid!!! ;)

gerireig said...

Wonderful! Marvelous! Bravo! I understand the motive to share interesting music, but I don't understand the fortitude to continue this labor when people like myself don't even say thanks (I doubled back). Thank you.

square dancer said...

In Wien gibt's ja noch immer ein paar schöne alte Kaffeehäuser und auch ein paar ganz anständige Clubs (rhiz, Fluc, Flex, Porgy & Bess...). Werd mir das mit facebook noch mal durch den Kopf gehen lassen.

gerireig: See, now you made up for it :-)

goldbonny@gmail.com said...

na hoert sich ja gut an. so wie hier, coole cafes und ein paar gute clubs :)! schoene woche noch, und sag bescheid, falls du facebook hast!

goldbonny@gmail.com said...

hallo! was ist mit deinem blog los? man kann ihn nicht mehr ansehen... es gibt einem an, ein passwort zu machen und dann laesst es einen trotzdem nicht rein???

hey, haste dich inzwischen mal bei facebook angemeldet???

Anonymous said...

wow. this is some brilliant stuff. been into NWD/germanpostpunk for the last couple of years but never came across such a bizarre sound. i luv it!
ahh.. what would the underground music world look like without Germany!

Anonymous said...

ouah yeah nice thanks a lot dude

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Juan said...

I've been rediscovering my love of NDW and generally West German electronic nuttiness, thanks for supporting that addiction with this nice comp.

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