Tag Archives: Germany

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 Gottfried Böhm (1920 – 2021)

Maria, Königin des Friedens (detail)

Gottfried Böhm was a German architect and sculptor. His reputation is based on creating highly sculptural buildings made of concrete, steel, and glass.

He is best-known for the brutalist church Maria, Königin des Friedens.

Other brutalist churches include Wotruba Church.

On Youtube, of all places

I can’t remember exactly how but I managed to stumble on a complete version of the German short film Besonders wertvoll.

On Youtube, of all places:

Besonders wertvoll (1968, English: Of Special Merit) is a short subject directed by Hellmuth Costard and produced by Petra Nettelbeck.

The film, now almost fifty years old, criticized the new German Film Funding Act of 1967 by way of a talking phallus representing German politician Hans Toussaint, co-sponsor of the new film funding law. The title Besonders wertvoll translates as ‘of particular merit’ (as in cultural significance vs. ‘utterly without redeeming social importance‘) and is an allusion to the highest film rating given by Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung.

Love misquotations? Here’s a good one. This film is famous for originating “Only the perverse fantasy can still save us,” (misattributed to Goethe), which is shown at the end of the film credits.

For those of you interested in weird films, here[2] is a Youtube playlist of films featured in Amos Vogel’s Film as a Subversive Art (1974)

The film is a milestone in the history of the sexual revolution in Germany.