Planetarium: Krautrock Was Trippy, Man! Like Woodstock With Lasers in German

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The traditional rock 'n' roll laser show just got a reboot.

A quick scan of the repertoire reveals your standard-issue Planetarium jams: Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Grateful Dead, and, of course, Pink Floyd.

But Saturday night, Planetarium Krautrock (presented by Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum in collaboration with artist and MSM collections manager Kevin Arrow, musician and Schematic Records label head Romulo del Castillo, and nomadic art collective The End/Spring Break as part of MAM's New Work Miami 2013 exhibition) ventured deep into 1960s and '70s experimental German rock and electronic music.

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But that's not all that received a major update. Instead of plugging in an iPod loaded up with CAN's greatest hits while screening some YouTubeses, Castillo supplied a live, all-vinyl mix to Arrow's voluminous collection of related imagery and appropriated found footage.

As the analog interplay unfolded, the synthesized (pun intended) product was both a basic primer on the hydra-headed krautrock movement and its expansive cast of eccentric key players, as well as a large-scale expressionistic immersion in psychedelic nostalgia.

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Oh yeah, the lazers. To employ the lexicon of astronomers and physicists, the illusory display of fancifully manipulated light was nothing short of da bomb. Arrow and del Castillo certainly upheld their promise of krautrock. But it was technician Mark Bennett that brought the Planetarium, and in full force, we might add.

Power Point-style slides dishing trivia faded in and out of a manically ejaculating stream of mashups, consisting of iconography and thematically resonant, surreal imagery.


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