Saturday, November 17, 2012

1000 SONGS - DAY 253 SONG # 284

Day 253: Neu! Introducing the Motorik-Beat

40 years ago, influential Krautrocker pioneers NEU! have released their first album Neu! Among groups and people related to NEU! we find, f.e., Krafwerk, Roedelius, Moebius and Eno. The band was formed by Michael Rother and  Klaus Dinger after they had left Kraftwerk. Nevertheless, the invention of the so called "Motorik-Beat" - made famous by Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" - is credited to Dinger. He preferred to call it the "Apache-Beat". The basic structure of that straight-forward, driving beat goes like this (top: hihat, middle: snare drum, bottom: bassdrum):

Here we have Hallogallo from the said debut album by NEU!, dancetrance before the invention of the word; a load of musicians quotes this album as having had a great impact on their music, among them David Bowie, Brian Eno and Thom Yorke:

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