RHEINGOLD were part of Die Neue Deutsche Welle movement. Between 1980 to 1984, RHEINGOLD released three albums ‘Rheingold’, ‘R’ and ‘Distanz’, all working with the legendary Conny Plank.
RHEINGOLD are certainly one of the most under rated acts from the German New Wave, but this year’s excellent new album ‘Im Laut Der Zeit’ was a fine return after an absence of original material for many years. Bodo Staiger kindly took time out to talk about the career of RHEINGOLD. Continue Reading ›
‘The Punishment Of Luxury’ is OMD’s thirteenth long player and could be considered a natural progression from ‘English Electric’. The album takes its name from an 1891 painting by Giovanni Segantini.
It begins with the title track and a mighty electro rhythm section enhanced by a bright infectious melody, robot harmonies and chants. Reflecting on the dilemma of first world problems, it’s a fabulous opener that captures elements of KRAFTWERK, THE ART OF NOISE and THE PRODIGY. Continue Reading ›
First published in German during the Spring of 2015, Rudi Esch’s ‘ELECTRI_CITY – Elektronische Musik Aus Düsseldorf’ gave a fascinating insider’s account of the Germany’s influential post-war music scene which was centred around the city of Düsseldorf.
The original book has now spawned an English language edition ‘ELECTRI_CITY - The Düsseldorf School of Electronic Music’, two compilation albums and an annual music conference, the third of which will take place on FRIDAY 27TH and SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017. Among those performing live will be ANNE CLARK and ROBERT GÖRL, while JONATHAN BARNBROOK will be giving a talk entitled ‘Designing Bowie’. Continue Reading ›
RHEINGOLD were at the forefront of Die Neue Deutsche Welle, achieving their first domestic hit ‘3klangsdimensionen’ in 1981. Led by Bodo Staiger, the band also featured his now-wife Brigitte Staiger and Lothar Manteuffel.
And now comes ‘Im Lauf Der Zeit’, translated as “over time”, a brand new RHEINHOLD album that features a significant number of instrumentals but also lyrics by Karl Bartos, Uli Luciano and Brigitte Staiger alongside music played and produced by Bodo Staiger. Continue Reading ›
It seems strange now, but when ‘Communication’ was released in 2003, it was KARL BARTOS’ return to electronica, following the ill-fated guitar driven excursion ‘Electric Music’ of 1998.
But just as ‘Communication’ hit the shelves, an elephant entered the room in the shape of his former band KRAFTWERK; they released their first album of new material since 1986 in the shape of ‘Tour De France Soundtracks’. Continue Reading ›