Anima-Sound : Europa Tournee mit 20 km/h
Big Smash! and send + receive: a festival of sound present:
Ludwig Andús’ Anima-Sound : Europa Tournee mit 20 km/h
Friday, March 5th at 8PM
Lo Pub (330 Kennedy)
w/ DJ ccole + a post-screening performance by KkrakK!! (with visuals by Clint Enns)
It’s 1971 and artistic duo, Paul and Limpe Fuchs, aka Anima-Sound, set off with their two kids on a European tour – at 20mph in a tractor-drawn mobile home. With an improvised set-up comprising drums, wind instruments and electronics they play brachial free Jazz/ Noise improvs at everyday venues badly in need of some culture … such as pedestrian zones in Munich, in front of a miners audience in the Ruhr District, or in the countryside under the stars. This film is a rare and haunting document of some of Krautrock’s outstanding pioneers.
From Uptown Magazine March 4, 2010:
Sounds from the underground
Rare doc chronicles German musical movement whose influence still resonates
Anima-Sound: Europa Tournee mit 20 km/h is a rare, 40-minute documentary made for German television in 1971 that has rarely been seen since. It focuses on Paul and Limpe Fuchs, a German duo known as Anima-Sound, representative of the German musical phenomenon called Krautrock.
Kier-La Janisse of Winnipeg’s Big Smash! Productions is presenting the doc in association with send + receive: a festival of sound, as well as Tim Tetzner’s Handclaps project, a data bank of film and video about musical phenomena. Uptown spoke mit Janisse about the event.
Uptown: How did you first learn about the existence of the footage? What made you decide to seek permission to show it?
Janisse: I first saw it listed on the Handclaps website. Tim Tetzner’s unearthed footage I’ve never seen listed anywhere else. Obviously I was interested in it because of how obscure it was, especially since Anima-Sound’s music is hard to come by in tangible form.
What did you think of the music?
It seems nonsensical, but remember that this is improvisational, experimental music and can’t be judged the same as pop music. Like many improvisational musicians, Limpe Fuchs at least had formal training; however, there was also reaction against the constraints of formal musical training. The same can be seen in John Cale’s work with The Velvet Underground.
What was your reaction when you first saw the footage?
I just love old music footage that’s shot on film, so aesthetically, it’s attractive to me. I was also struck by how their truck opened up into a stage – the idea of a self-contained mobile unit for transporting art and music. As a person who sets up screenings in different locations all the time, I really like seeing people at work who have a system that enables spontaneity.
What did you think of the reaction of spectators as seen in the film?
The reaction of the spectators is pretty priceless – I was surprised at how many older people and businessmen were in the audiences. But they still stay there and watch. Nowadays I think they would just walk by.
Previously, most German music was ‘schlager’: radio-friendly nationalistic pop music. So, for most Germans, a band like Anima-Sound would have been hard to digest.
Can you give us some background on the scene the music came out of?
The 1968 student riots had a big influence. Students had parents who had either been Nazis or had suffered under the Nazis, and so Krautrock was a kind of revenge taken by post-war youth against what they saw as a betrayal by their parents and their country.
What would you say is the relevance of the footage today?
Historically, Krautrock comes out of a very rich and important movement. But musically, its influence really is present in most “alternative” music, whether you’re talking about noise rock, psych, motorik or electronic music. Fans who are interested in the lineage of the music they listen to are the target audience here.
- Kenton Smith