Karl Bartos, Photo by Gaby Gerster, 2000
ELECTRONIC BEATS MAGAZINE / DEIN MUSIC, IT'S VERY HARD TO COMMUNICATE IRONY
By A. J. Samuels
(...) So some of the songs on the album come from ideas that were pre-Kraftwerk?
Yes. During my studies I was taking classes on counterpoint and I always loved analyzing—Mozart, Bach etcetera. I was learning how to compose a symphony, starting with theme A and then theme B and so on. When I entered the band, we took advantage of our knowledge of music’s architecture. I think the human brain is built to remember melodies and specific pitches. This is how we transported melodies throughout generations before recording and formal notation. Simple melodies have been around for thousands of years. The average person knows hundreds of them. It’s just how we tick. This ability is one of the most important parts of music. I also don’t think it matters how you hear the melodies, be it recorded or by a musician on the street. It’s scientifically proven. You just put three or four definite notes together and we can remember them. Melodies are infinite. (...)