Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

CAMERA

Krautrock • Germany


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Camera picture
Camera biography
Founded in Berlin, Germany in 2012

CAMERA are a young Berlin-based street band, a trio notorious for guerilla-style impromptu concerts in public spaces in Berlin. CAMERA's debut album ''Radiate!'' was released in summer 2012, and the band fascinates audiences everywhere with their spontaneous music. The band consists of Michael DRUMMER (drums), Franz BARGMANN (guitar) and Timm BROCKMANN (keyboards). They have been attached with a ''Krautrock Guerilla'' epithet for their modern type of Krautrock the play, which, as reported, blends elements of NEU! and KRAFTWERK.

Biography by aapatsos with thanks to yam-yam

CAMERA forum topics / tours, shows & news


CAMERA forum topics Create a topic now
CAMERA tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "camera"
Post an entries now

CAMERA Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to CAMERA

Buy CAMERA Music



More places to buy CAMERA music online Buy CAMERA & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

CAMERA discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

CAMERA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.83 | 17 ratings
Radiate !
2012
3.47 | 9 ratings
Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide
2014
3.80 | 5 ratings
Phantom Of Liberty
2016
3.60 | 5 ratings
Emotional Detox
2018

CAMERA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Live at HBC
2012

CAMERA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

CAMERA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

CAMERA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 3 ratings
Système Solaire
2013

CAMERA Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Système Solaire by CAMERA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.00 | 3 ratings

BUY
Système Solaire
Camera Krautrock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The music of Camera is probably best appreciated when discovered by chance, in the Berlin alleys and subway platforms where the trio often stage spontaneous concerts. This limited edition vinyl EP, recorded between the band's freshman and sophomore albums, doesn't have the same immediacy of a live performance. But it still provides an easy introduction to their guerrilla-tactic improvisational style: retro-Krautrock jams in the spirit of Neu! and La Düsseldorf.

At the same time their music is very much of the moment: the trio speaks in a familiar historic tongue, but they have their own unique voice. The four tracks here include an original A-side/B-side Camera single, followed by remixes of the same by Bureau B labelmates Thomas Klein (aka Sølyist) and Alvin B. Clay (alias Kurt Dahlke, alias Pyrolator).

The opener "Skylla" presents an urgent, unchanging motorik beat à la Klaus Dinger, overlaid with dreamy atmospheric synths and surprisingly restrained guitars: a potent combination. "Meteor" is more of the same, but with an aggressive Kraut-punk attitude rarely heard in the early 1970s (outside a Hawkwind Space Ritual).

How you respond to the remixes will depend on your tolerance for modern electronica. The Sølyist version of "Skylla" stays close to the original, but de-emphasizes the hand-played Apache drumming to foreground a more synthetic rhythm. And Pyrolator's "Meteor" was meant to be played at mind-numbing volume in a strobe-lit club, designer drugs optional.

Both revisions represent a trendy corruption of the old Krautrock maxim: "it's not repetition; it's discipline", surely a moot point when achieved using the unfair convenience of electronic percussion. But the untouched original tracks, minus the cosmetic dancefloor overkill, are pure Camera: simple, yet compulsive. "We came in peace and left quickly..." says the group on its Bandcamp page, and here they live up to that claim, with economy of style and energy to spare.

 Live at HBC by CAMERA album cover Live, 2012
3.00 | 1 ratings

BUY
Live at HBC
Camera Krautrock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars The Berlin-based Camera trio has never tried to hide their admiration for the classic motorik rhythms of Neu! and Harmonia. And in this year 2011 concert the band enjoyed an opportunity to legitimize that influence by playing alongside two legends from Krautrock's first generation: Michael Rother and Dieter Moebius.

The gig dates from around the time of Camera's debut studio album, but their guerrilla-style performances are better suited to a live setting, with a supportive audience to help feed the trio's improvisational energy. There's no real musical development over the length of these three extended instrumental jams, and none of the three tracks were given titles...inexplicably, in one instance (see below). But there's likewise no sign of aimless indulgence, either: all the players were obviously in sync throughout, musically and spiritually.

The show opens with a 21-minute, one-chord motorik groove in classic Neu! vernacular, allowing fans of that iconic band a vicarious hint of what the Dinger-Rother duo might have sounded like in concert (the "Neu! Live" album on their page in these Archives was a studio rehearsal, not an actual gig).

The second jam continues in the same direction, urgent and hypnotic, overlaid with oddball synthetic textures: a Dieter Moebius specialty. The Neu! parallels are even more obvious here, but never in a nostalgic or imitative way. Camera has never been a Krautrock tribute band; their music is as fresh and contemporary now as it would have been in 1972. For Michael Rother, the show must have felt like a homecoming.

The album's final track will sound familiar to veteran Krautheads: it's the classic "Neu! '75" anthem "Hero", played with a strutting authority equal to the original. Oddly, the album notes credit guest singer Shaun Mulrooney for the lyrics: an unfortunate insult to the memory of Klaus Dinger. Was there perhaps a legal reason for not acknowledging the song's actual author, who died in 2008?

Like too much new music these days, the album doesn't exist in any physical form. But the digital files are available for purchase directly from the Play Loud! Film and Music store, along with a video document of the same concert **. The latter was proudly "shot in one continuous 47-minute take", honoring the Krautrock and Camera traditions of underground spontaneity, but likely done for economic more than aesthetic reasons: the filmmakers had only a single camera.

The music, by itself and without the film as a visual aid, is only a two-dimensional facsimile, unable to fully capture the impact of the actual event. But the energy inside the small HBC club must have been electric, and I applaud the spirit of the Camera trio: young kids picking up and reigniting the counterculture torch at a time that really needs it.

[** consumer alert: this is entry #8 in the Play Loud! (live) Music Series, alongside similar releases by Faust, Guru Guru, Lydia Lunch, Damo Suzuki, and many others]

 Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide by CAMERA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.47 | 9 ratings

BUY
Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide
Camera Krautrock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

3 stars When recording their debut 'Radiate' in 2012 CAMERA made a step away from their roots, I mean the guerilla tactic, which originally manifested in spontaneous music happenings at secret places somewhere in the city respectively underground of Berlin. Quality gets around sooner or later, thus Michael Rother and Dieter Moebius took notice of them, this developed into some mutual gigs furthermore. And then the band left Berlin and went on tour across Europe. Just following this taken path their sophomore album called 'Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide' got on the table in 2014, released on Bureau B.

February the same year Franz Bargmann suddenly left the band due to personal reasons. They were reduced to a duo then, but Timm Brockmann and Michael Drummer (yes, no misspelling here!) went the pragmatic way and both took over the guitar task. While the general approach hasn't changed really music-wise, this time a few other musicians are guesting on the recordings to provide a more comprehensive sound. A little bit Electric Orange mooded Parhelion is on the way to reach for a highlight position the more I'm coming back to this album.

The twelve songs are picking up the spirit of Can, Kraftwerk, Neu by nature, that's for sure. Nowadays you have to search for bands with such an approach and abilities concerning the workout. When comparing with their debut this is more varied and unique overall. Which means spacey, ambient moments, motoric rhythms as usual, but also including tribal percussion, the saxophone and vocals this time. I would not call this spectacular, but what I hear is a proper effort with room for experimentation anyhow, which sums it up to 3.5 stars.

 Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide by CAMERA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.47 | 9 ratings

BUY
Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide
Camera Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars CAMERA is a young German band who have compiled an album that consists of songs that are on the one hand dark and experimental soundscapes and on the other hand songs that have that Motorik beat ala NEU!, LA DUSSELDORF and HARMONIA. I do prefer those dark soundscapes but man this is such a good idea contrasting these two different styles of Krautrock.

"From The Outside" opens with a spacey atmosphere before a beat joins in. Man this sounds so good. The guitar is gently played over top. Nice. Distorted guitar before 3 1/2 minutes and it's interesting how the distorted guitar brings to mind the psychedelic period of PORCUPINE TREE. I like it! A top four track. "Parhelion" has this steady beat and deep distorted sounds as it builds. So catchy! Love the dissonant sax and distorted guitar on this track. "Synchron" really reminds me of LA DUSSELDORF, NEU! and HARMONIA along with the modern Krautrock band SIINA. That steady beat with light keys, distorted guitar lines and more.

"Roehre" like the previous track has that motorik beat leading the way. Lots of pulsating sounds in this uptempo track. Love the guitar late. "4 PM" has this haunting soundscape with unusual sounds. It starts to build before 1 1/2 minutes, so cool. A slow beat with a dark sound takes over and the keys and guitar become more prominent later. A top four track. "Haeata" is a short song with tribal-like drumming, pulsating sounds and guitar expressions. "Ozymandias" is another dark and experimental soundscape. Love this stuff, so much atmosphere here. "To The Inside" is a top four track for me as well. Insane drum work early on with distorted guitars. It settles back as female spoken words join in. I wish this one was longer.

"2 AM" opens with atmosphere, cymbals and someone yelling in the background before a motorik beat kicks in. Check out the distortion 3 1/2 minutes in. "Trophaee" has uptempo drumming with plenty of atmosphere as male spoken words arrive, guitar too. The sound of running water ends it. "Vortices" is my final top four and it features acoustic guitar early on as the atmosphere comes in and dominates. A beat comes out of the haze as fuzzed out guitar cries out. It turns very spacey late. "Hallraum" has this pulsating rhythm with lighter sounding guitar and keys over top. The guitar turns more passionate and distorted later.

This album has been a pleasure to listen to and the way they contrast the two different styles really works here. 4.5 stars.

 Radiate ! by CAMERA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.83 | 17 ratings

BUY
Radiate !
Camera Krautrock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Neo Krautrock Guerilla ... Attention Please

This is not a joke ... if you're going to visit Berlin someday, please be highly attentive, maybe somewhere you'll be faced with a trio performing (legal or illegal) gigs in places like underpasses, railway stations, public toilets, obscure exhibitions, or similar. And if you should detect that the combo's name is CAMERA along with it ... then you know, radical krautrockers they are, underway with the ambitious approach to make this music style public at all costs. Being more than an insiders' tip in the meanwhile they already have been supported by Michael Rother and Dieter Moebius on several occasions, as they both are fascinated by the band's mechanical backbone among other things.

Initially formed without any intention of composing or recording the like of songs, there was nothing more than the idea to act from the underground exclusively. Step by step though the request manifested to develop an own abum. And finally here we are ... 'Radiate!' basically shows Franz Bargmann (guitar), Timm Brockmann (keyboard) and Michael Drummer (drums) walking in line with their peers from the 1970's. However certainly also outfitted with the purpose to sound kinda different. That means alongside with their fellow countrymen Electric Orange or Killflavour for instance, they are old school in some way but also try to bring something new to the table.

The first songs are explicitly offering a motoric Klaus Dinger drive, E-Go and Ausland for example are getting very close to the Neu! and early Kraftwerk style, where the guitar however serves a significant spacey ambiance overall. The extended gripping Lynch comes way more unique then and convinces me completely while excellently meandering, floating, decorated with a mysterious plaintive and sawing guitar. So they turn into a very melancholic direction continued by Utopia Is - full of atmosphere - which evolves into a hypnotic groove again after a while.

RFID is another wonderful melodic and tension-filled track and proves that they gradually open up forward to a distinguishable style. The dramatic Soldat has a slight agressive undertone - a well appointed title consequently. Well done, a really enjoyable album, that's my summary after some listening sessions now. If anything, there is less copy-cat attitude to state in my opinion. Krautrock lovers should pay attention - a new promising band to keep an eye on.

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives