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From the makers of “monks: the transatlantic feedback” (German Adolf Grimme Award 2008) come two new direct cinema style documentary films. One about the pop avant-garde music festival Klangbad, curated by legendary Hans Joachim Irmler (founding member of the seminal Krautrock band Faust) and the second one captures one of the rare live performances by Faust. The drawings for the DVD artwork are again from famous German painter Daniel Richter. Artwork by Lucía Palacios.
There are two kinds of rock festivals: the conventional and the adventurous ones. The former present music that everyone knows. Others are more experimental and put their ear into boundary zones. The Klangbad Festival, curated by Faust’s Jochen Irmler, belongs to the latter. Since 2004 the picturesque village of Scheer hosts an innovative musical journey crossing various genres. In today's profit-oriented event scene it is hard to find anything comparable. The festival is small but growing constantly. Despite this fact, it abandons commercial sponsoring funds unlike normal open air festivals.
Award-winning filmmakers Dietmar Post (USA/Germany) and Lucia Palacios (Spain) portrait this fine festival in the style of DIRECT CINEMA pioneers, such as, Murray Lerner, Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker. Or did you forget how those filmmakers combined simplicity and economy with craftsmanship in their seminal films Monterey Pop, Gimme Shelter or Newport Folk Festival? “Klangbad: Avant-garde in the Meadows” stands in that same tradition of “carefully chronicling an event”.
Concept, artwork, compiled & produced by
Dietmar Post & Lucia Palacios:
“As filmmakers we more and more feel like painters or musicians. It is maybe this mom-and-pop store aspect of filmmaking that we most enjoy. We do basically everything ourselves. Filming, editing, creating the DVD and the ideas for the artwork, etc … there is almost nothing we don’t do. Maybe it is a reaction against current TV and Hollywood productions, which all sound, smell, taste and look alike. It seems that there is a sort of McDonaldization including the constant muzak.”
“Strolling the festival venue one might sense the attitude of mind Krautrock still stands for: no bouncers, no stupid marketing games, no bungee jumping. The calm atmosphere at the Klangbad Festival almost could be seen as something political. Here everything seems possible.” (Andi Schoon, Die ZEIT)
KLANGBAD: AVANT-GARDE IN THE MEADOWS
KLANGBAD: AVANT-GARDE IN THE MEADOWS
FAUST: LIVE AT KLANGBAD FESTIVAL
Here a text about the new & last Faust record by Dietmar Post
If Faust announce a last record then it might be a good idea to open up the ears, especially when the cover art of the new & last record is one big reference to their first record. The x-rayed "fist" appears again, this time with the fingers slightly more opened. 40 years lie between the two records. 40 years of many different line ups, record companies, financial disasters, artistic failures and successes. Whatever can happen to a band has happened to Faust. In that sense they are not an unusual group of musicians. What is unusual is that each project, each record, each concert over the last 40 years has been different. On the very first record they made clear (on clear vinyl) that they were in it for destruction. "All you need is love" and "Satisfaction" symbolically were set fire to. That same fire you will hear on this new & last Faust record. The circle will be closed by more circular music. A music that seems to come out of nowhere, sonic descriptions rather than songs. Timeless and not rooted in specific places and/or traditions. Maybe influenced by Cage's idea of chance, Dada, cut-ups, Sun Ra's free jazz organ playing and the second attempt after the German-American Monks to represent "a rock group as total artwork". Faust in 1970 and in 2010 sound aggressive and 100 percent oriented towards the future. There is not a glimpse of nostalgia in "Faust is last". Turn up the volume and listen to this first, new and last Faust record very loud!
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