Kraut Rock: Generations …… Or yet another concert movie? Filmmakers Dietmar Post and Lucía Palacios release their latest music documentary CAMERA: LIVE AT HBC featuring Michael Rother and Dieter Moebius - REVIEW PUBLISHED IN "CHAOTIC SOUL'S SOUND CLOUD" BY ANNIKA HOGE (AUGUST 2, 2012)
As the camera fades in, we´re immediately on the stage, with a band who´s ignoring us completely, neither posing nor drawing attention to themselves. Yet the camera will authentically put all the interesting details into the limelight. This is in mutual agreement, without disturbing and without being disturbed. As if we weren´t there.
Then the concert starts, and we´re captured by strange tunes and a driving rhythm. Needless to say that the sound quality has nothing in common with certain tinny youtube videos, but it should be mentioned here anyway. Now the camera pans slightly to the right and fixes a dark hall, crammed and in some places thick with smoke, before coming back to focus on drummer and keyboarder of CAMERA, the “krautrock guerilla“, who have become locally famous for their spontaneous gigs in Berlin´s metro stations and jamming sessions in carriages along the city´s U-Bahn lines.
While the heirs of NEU!, Cluster and La Düsseldorf are probably (yet) unknown to most non-Berliners, the attentive krautrock fan doesn´t have to wait very long for a familiar face to show up: like in a meeting of generations, Dieter Moebius (Cluster, Harmonia) is sitting there behind synthesizers and sequencers, helping to create a gradually emerging sound painting. Michael Rother (Kraftwerk, NEU!, Harmonia) on guitar is the other well-known guest around, most of the time keeping himself in the background – but the camera won´t miss anything even under bad lighting conditions …
Born from the idea to chronicle and archive some exceptional music made in Germany, in recent years they also recorded a number of rare live events as part of a music series, ranging from some still active musicians of the legendary krautrock genre (Faust, Damo Suzuki), to Berlin-based rock´n-roll-noise-art Floating di Morel, or to representatives of modern electronic music (Gebrüder Teichmann).
Camera: Live at HBC is the series´ eighth release, recorded on 22 October 2011 in Berlin´s HBC club, where the show was part of a so-called “krautrock night“ and the band performed three pieces. Here too the filmmakers have remained true to themselves and, according to the motto “You go along as it happens“, shot the whole show in one continuous 47 min long take, without any edits. As with Direct Cinema pioneer D. A. Pennebaker, nothing here is staged for filming. Some critics have labelled the work of Post and Palacios as “filmed paintings / painted films“. In this case, “filmed paintings“ gets a double sense, since the film shows both a “painted“ sound cluster and the making of the same.
During these 47 minutes, we´re watching the performance from a very close, intuitive and personal point of view. As if standing on the stage, right next to the band, looking them over the shoulder. Shooting from this both physically and mentally privileged observation point, unrivalled even by those on the front row, is precisely what not everybody could have done. This film is not another concert movie, but a piece of art in itself. Strongly recommended for both those interested in the insightful archiving of extraordinary live shows and fans who wish to have a genuine souvenir.
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Camera: Live at HBC feat. Michael Rother, Dieter Moebius & Shaun Mulrooney
Label: play loud! (live) music series
Audio Download mp3 & wav / Video Stream HD 16:9, colour, 47´30´´ min, 2012
Release Date: 3 August 2012
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