This month on Philosophy of the World we present a primer on German music from the 1970’s, pejoratively known as krautrock but more accurately branded kosmische musik (or cosmic music). This was music by the 1968 Generation of West Germany emerging from the various student counterculture movements. The otherworldly music they created was the consequence of seeking a new cultural identity by not only vehemently rejecting post-Nazi Germany, but also resisting imperial Americanization after the construction of the Iron Curtain. Through the adoption of the Moog synthesizer, machine-made music, and influences from not only around the globe but also from the cosmos these bands created something wholly new. This spawned artists like the pastoral and motorik-driven Neu!, the art commune weirdos Faust, and progressive electronic pioneers Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel. Join us as we explore the many facets of this cosmic music.


1. Neu! – “Isi” from Neu! 75

2. Harald Grosskopf – “So Weit, So Gut” from Synthesist

3. Cluster – “Hollywood” from Zuckerzeit

4. Can – “Vitamin C” from Ege Bamyasi

5. Faust – “Just a Second (Starts Like That!) / Picnic on a Frozen River / Deuxieme Tableaux” from Faust IV

6. Kraftwerk – “The Model” from The Man Machine

7. La Düsseldorf – “La Düsseldorf” from La Düsseldorf

8. Harmonia – “Notre Dame” from Deluxe

9. Ash Ra Tempel – “Deep Distance” from New Age of Earth

10. Tangerine Dream – “Movements of a Visionary” from Phaedra


Companion Material
Krautrock: German Music in the Seventies by Ulrich Adelt
Electri_City: The Dusseldorf School of Electronic Music by Rudi Esch
Future Days by David Stubbs
Krautrocksampler by Julian Cope
Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany

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6 comments on “Ep. #36 – Krautrock

  1. Mel C May 25, 2018

    there isn’t a second of sax on Thief!

  2. Marco May 29, 2018

    What an awesome episode. Keep up the good work. Don’t feel too bad Carr, I wouldn’t know how to pronounce those names either.

  3. Marcus Jun 15, 2018

    Excellent show guys! Love your work!

  4. Hey kosmichers!!

    Brutal selected kosmische list! Well done & what a komisch show!!!!

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