The exploration of the inner self, mostly with the help of mind-expanding techniques, led many creatives simultaneously to psychic depths and cosmic heights.
Musicians such as David Crosby or the L. Ron Hubbard-influenced Jimmie Spheeris whisked their listeners away to transcendent worlds with spherical sounds and celestial harmonies.
This spiritual view of the world was reflected in the literature, music and art of the late 60s and 70s – in the sounds of Pink Floyd, in films like Stanley Kubrick‘s “2001: A Space Odyssey” or in science fiction epics like Frank Herbert‘s “Dune”. It was a time of exciting experimentation and technical innovation. Robert Moog’s magic machines invited musicians to explore these new worlds.
In Germany, bands like CAN or NEU! mixed elements of psychedelic rock, electronic music and European avant-garde and created exciting new music. Later, Kraftwerk transformed the unbridled power of Krautrock of the early 70s into electronic music and shaped the popular music of the coming decades with their innovative power and aesthetics.
Europe in general: sound alchemists like Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis created atmospheric cosms with their synthesizers in the 70s and 80s in which millions of listeners lost themselves.
The New Age movement with its countless esoteric currents also experimented with the possibilities of electronic music. New Age artists like Iasos or ambient musicians like Laraaji used analogue synthesizers to open inter-dimensional gates for their listeners.
The influence of this music created back then continues to have an impact today, whether in musical projects like “Kosmischer Läufer” by Scottish musician Drew McFayden or in Kurt Stenzel‘s fictional retro soundtrack to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s never-realised “Dune” film.
Our playlist “Future Days” takes you away to these spherical sound worlds for one and a half hours – featuring tracks by Iasos, Kraan, CAN, Pauline Anna Strom, Kurt Stenzel, Klaus Weiss, Jimmie Spheeris, Kraftwerk, Frederic Mercier, NEU!, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and many more.
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