Trance music evening and screening as part of the exhibition "I See, So I See So. Messages from Harry Smith"
Film #1, A Strange Dream, ca. 1946-48, 2:20 min
Film #2, Message From the Sun, ca. 1946-48, 2:15 min
Film #3, Interwoven, ca. 1947-49, 3:20 min
Film #4, Fast Track, 1947, 2:16 min
Film #5, Circular Tensions (Homage to Oscar Fischinger), ca. 1950, 3:30 min
Film #7, Color Study, 1952, 5:25 min
Film #10, Mirror Animations, ca. 1962-76, 3:35 min
Question: Did Can have no message at all?
Czukay: Sure, but perhaps on a different level. When it became clear to us that we would invent our own machine-like rhythm Jaki Liebezeit said to me: "Once we get this machine started, nobody will be able to stop it." And he was right. When you have the rhythm then you have a foundation, and with this rhythm, to use Stockhausen expression, you can break through walls. You cannot make any more mistakes; the rhythm carries you. You become the medium.
Erhard Schüttpelz is professor for media theory at the University of Siegen. Carlo Peters is composer. Both live in Cologne.
Harry Smith: Early Abstractions, 1939-1956
Courtesy by the Harry Smith Archives, Getty Research Institute