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2013-03-04

THE QUIETUS / UK

REMAKE / REMODEL: KARL BARTOS INTERVIEWED
By Matthew Lindsay

(...) An affable gentleman in a duffle coat is photographed against an imposing modern building just a few blocks from his hotel in the plush environs of London's Hyde Park. As one quarter of Kraftwerk's 'classic' line-up, Karl Bartos will forever be associated with all that is severe, futuristic and industrial. In person, he is warm and conversant, often breaking out into smiles. It's a million miles away from the automated mien that his former band cultivated with such machine-tooled precision & Constructivist rigour. (...)

(...) The album's accompanying booklet reads as part autobiography and part manifesto, revealing the hidden depths of his influences. (...)

(...) These tracks will be accompanied by films, and the booklet shows how the visual interpretation was germane to the music's conception. 'Nachtfarht's rhythm & nocturnal electro suggested metronomic windscreen wipers. With his audio-visual shows for the LiveCinema programme (coming soon to London), Bartos remains "fascinated by the interplay between image and sound". (...)


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