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Inner Space

Years: 1968
Styles: Experimental Rock, Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock


Irmin Schmidt - Flute, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals (in band: 1968)
Holger Czukay - Bass Guitar (in band: 1968)
David C. Johnson - Flute (in band: 1968)


Michael Karoli - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1968)
Jaki Liebezeit - Drums (in band: 1968)


     Irmin Schmidt formed a group with American avant-garde composer and flautist David C. Johnson and music teacher Holger Czukay with the intention of exploring his newly broadened horizons.

    "When I founded the group I was a classical composer and conductor and pianist making piano recitals, playing a lot of contemporary music but also Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven and everything. And when we got together I wanted to do something in which all contemporary music becomes one thing. Contemporary music in Europe especially, the new music was classical music was Boulez, Stockhausen and all that. I studied all that, I studied Stockhausen but nobody talked about rock music like Sly StoneJames Brown or the Velvet Underground as being contemporary music. Then there was jazz and all these elements were our contemporary music, it was new. It was, in a way, much newer than the new classical music which claimed to be 'the new music'."

— Schmidt, in a 2004 interview

     Up to that point, the inclinations of all three musicians had been exclusively avant-garde classical. In fact, both Schmidt and Czukay had directly studied under the influential composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Schmidt chose to play organ and piano, while Czukay played bass and was able to record their music with a basic two-track tape machine. The group was soon fleshed out by guitarist Michael Karoli, a 19-year-old pupil of Czukay, and drummer Jaki Liebezeit, who had grown disenchanted with his work in free jazz groups. As the Inner Space developed a more rock-oriented sound, a disappointed Johnson left the group at the end of 1968.

     The band used the names "Inner Space" and "The Can" before finally settling on "CAN".



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