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Boomkat Product Review:
Kraftwerk's Karl Bartos reimagines the lost score to Robert Wiene's 1920 masterpiece 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari', replacing its orchestral cues with fittingly fantastical electronic themes.
When Bartos was a member of Kraftwerk, he watched Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' with the band, who were so struck by its Weimar-era creativity that they followed it up with a track. Later on, when he watched 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' in 2005, Bartos wondered if he could repeat the process; Giuseppe Becce's original orchestral score had been lost to time, so he retreated to his Hamburg studio and began working on a complete treatment. It's quite the package - with 37 tracks, Bartos captures the eccentric intrigue of the silent era without resorting to too many contemporary tricks. He works with synths, of course, but his approach is relatively restrained, sounding more like Richard Band's cult run of horror/sci-fi scores than anything Kraftwerk might have penned back in the day, all canned instrumentation and dramatic, jerky sequences.
Fairytale-like and unashamedly nostalgic, it's best enjoyed next to the freshly restored version of the original film.