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 ›
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 ›
Released to coincide with ‘ELECTRI_CITY - The Düsseldorf School Of Electronic Music’, the book by Rudi Esch about the city’s music heritage, ‘ELECTRI_CITY 2’ gathers together some of the more accessible elements of Deutsche Elektronische Musik, Kosmische and Neue Deutsche Welle.
A deluxe 2CD edition ‘ELECTRI_CITY 1_2’. adds the first volume that cam out alongside the book. Issued by Grönland Records, think of it as a direct journey of discovery, but with the benefit of a local tour guide as well. Continue Reading ›
It was at Conny’s Studio just outside of Cologne that a number of landmark recordings were completed, notably KRAFTWERK’s ‘Autobahn’ and ULTRAVOX’s ‘Vienna’. The studio was the operational centre of engineer and producer Konrad Plank.
As well as studio work, CONNY PLANK was an active musician. He leaves an important musical legacy. The Electricity Club looks back at eighteen of his works, with a restriction of one track per album project… Continue Reading ›
In the acclaimed German language book ‘ELECTRI_CITY - Elektronische_Musik_Aus_Düsseldorf’, Rudi Esch gives an eyewitness account of how the Düsseldorf electronic scene developed from 1970 to 1986. OMD's Andy McCluskey was interviewed by Esch for the book.
With a version in Englisch retitled 'ELECTRI_CITY - The Düsseldorf School of Electronic Music' on the way, the pair discussed a variety of records at last year's ELECTRI_CITY_CONFERENCE for The ELECTRI_CITY Show. Continue Reading ›