Irmin Schmidt

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 Stone, James 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’.

Irmin Schmidt (founder of CAN), in 2004.

This quote sums up everything I believe in as a musician and aspiring musicologist, and also everything I hate about the academic formalization of music.  OTHER SHIT MATTERS, ART MUSIC SNOBS. 


can- shikaku maru ten (1971)

What’s that Cologne you’re hearing? Krautrock enthusiasts have to be über-geeked about tonight’s festivities at Le Poisson Rouge. Keyboardist and composer Irmin Schmidt will be joined by “Kumo,” i.e., Jono Podmore, for “An Evening of Unreleased Music and Discussion.” Their central theme: Can, the seminal Köln outfit that Schmidt co-founded (in addition to scoring over 40 films). Wipe the drool from your chin and get yourself to 158 Bleecker Street tonight.


The Inner Space “Agilok & Blubbo”  

Wah Wah Records ‎– LPS061  

Released: 02 Apr 2009     

From the sticker on the LP sleeve…
The unreleased soundtrack to Peter F. Schneider’s 1968 political satire. Psychedelic, stoned, agressive proto-kraut vibes courtesy of Irmin Schmidt (vocals, flute, guitar), Holger Czukay (bass), Jaki Liebezeit (drums), Rosy Rosy (vocals) and David Johnson (engineer). This is history in the making!                                                                               

Cyclopean - Fingers (Edit)

Cyclopean is a collaboration from Burnt Friedman, Jono Podmore and Can founding members Jaki Liebezeit, and Irmin Schmidt. The four track EP will be available on 12" Vinyl & Download on 11 Feb 2013.

After the release of The Lost Tapes, Can’s legacy has never felt more apparent than now, and Cyclopean brings together two giants from this legendary band, Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt alongside long time collaborators Jono Podmore (Kumo / Metamono) and musician and producer Burnt Friedman. Cyclopean is the first time that Friedman, Liebezeit, Podmore and Schmidt have worked together.


Irmin Schmidt & Kumo - Kick on The Floods

Album: Axolotl Eyes (2008)

Yeah, 71 year old krautrock legend doing insane electronic music!