Monthly Archives: April 2022

RIP Klaus Schulze (1947 – 2022)

“Tango-Saty” is on the Daily Fingertracks

Klaus Schulze was a German composer and musician, a pioneer in electronic music. Briefly a member of the Krautrock bands Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, and the Cosmic Jokers he launched a solo career consisting of more than 60 albums.

“Ttransfer Station Blue”, scrub to 3:40 to find the fragment that DJ Harvey has been known to play.

In my universe he is known for such compositions as “Tango-Saty” (1983) and “Transfer Station Blue” (1984).

Angst. Check that film.

He also composed soundtracks for films such as Angst (1983).

RIP Hermann Nitsch (1938 – 2022)

Concrete Flesh concert with projection of Hermann Nitsch”

Hermann Nitsch was an Austrian artist who is known for his transgressive performance art.

His seven minute short “Maria-Conception-Action: Hermann Nitsch” (1969) illustrates how the past is a foreign country.

The performance is a combination of a sadomasochistic performance, artsploitation and carnography.

A typical scene from Herman Nitsch’s happenings featured cruelty, sexuality, blood and violence.

In the “Maria-Conception-Action: Hermann Nitsch” a young women is crucified and defiled with a disemboweled lamb carcass.

That film is not featured on YouTube but it can be faintly seen on footage of a concert by the band Concrete Flesh.

The closest I ever came to witnessing a spectacle like this is, is seeing Tier Mon (1988) by La Fura dels Baus in Antwerp when I was 23. And then there was Abattoir Fermé, the Belgian theater group whose aesthetics sometimes flirt somewhat with that of Nitsch.