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Album Review

Including the complete contents of most every Dopplereffekt record released before 2000, Gesamtkunstwerk is an excellent display of paranoid, menacing retro-electro straddling the early '80s and the late '90s. As with Kraftwerk classics "Pocket Calculator," "The Robots," and "Home Computer," the social concerns of Dopplereffekt tracks ("Cellular Phone," "Rocket Scientist," "Superior Race," "Speak & Spell") are expressed almost exclusively in the titles, with a minimum of vocal accompaniment. "Sterilization," the act's most famous track thanks to a few compilation appearances, includes just one vocal tag — a robotic "We had to sterilize the population" — but loses none of its post-apocalyptic perfection. Besides the push/pull attraction and repulsion of technology, sex is a big theme ("Plastiphilia," "Pornoactress," "Pornovision") on Gesamtkunstwerk as well. At least until their next underground club hit, this collection is all the Dopplereffekt you'll ever need.

Biography

Formed: Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Dopplereffekt is yet another robotic electro act from Detroit to file alongside Drexciya, Ectomorph, and Flexitone. As is par for the course in the Motor City electro scene, identities are unknown, but the emphasis on precise drum programming and effects sounds barely a year or two removed from the classic electric-funk days of 1982. Dopplereffekt debuted in 1995 with a mini-LP for Detroit's Dataphysix label, then released two EPs for the label during 1997: Infophysix and Sterilization. The countless...
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