Motorik Love!

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Leader: CitizenJu
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Created on: 3 Mar 2011
A group for lovers of the much loved 4/4 Motorik / 'Apache' beat, brought to prominence by Klaus Dinger and his work with early Kraftwerk and Neu!

Motorik is a term coined by music journalists to describe the 4/4 beat often used by "Krautrock" bands such as Neu! and Kraftwerk (promoting the official CD release of Neu!'s back-catalogue, Klaus Dinger stated he called it the "Apache-beat"). The word "Motorik" means "motor skill" in German, although the word's use in music journalism may be derived from a punning modification of "motorik", a term long used by music critics to describe relentless ostinato rhythm. The name perhaps derives from the repetitive yet forward-flowing feel of the rhythm, which has been compared to the experience of motorway driving -- indeed, the motorik beat is utilized in one section of Kraftwerk's "Autobahn", a song designed to celebrate exactly this experience. While The Velvet Underground's influence on Krautrock is often mentioned, Mo Tucker's drumming has specifically been characterized as "proto-motorik."

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