Cologne Curiosities: The Unknown Krautrock Underground 1972-1976 album review
Warning: krautrock lunacy and archival nuggets ahead
Toby Robinson, aka The Mad Twiddler or Genius P Orridge, is renowned in krautrock circles as one of the engineers who worked at Stockhausen’s WDR Studios and Dierks Studios in Cologne in the mid-1970s, assisting on recordings made by Can, Birth Control and Mythos. In spare moments, he liked to kick back and experiment, roping visiting musicians into jam sessions or joining him in his explorations, often under pseudonyms. Robinson hooked up with Fluxus artist Robin Page to start the Pyramid label to release these tracks.