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’. More Inside ›
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. More Inside ›
DAS BLAUE PALAIS is the project of Düsseldorf based music veteran and Bellerophon Records co-founder Jochen Oberlack. His aim was “to mash up Elektronische Musik and Krautrock - but straight from the view out of 2015, just to create a hybrid somewhere between HARMONIA, NEU! and LA DÜSSELDORF!”
Competent in guitar and drums, synthesizers, VSTs and antique drum computers were also brought into the mix by Oberlack to help accomplish his dream. More Inside ›
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. More Inside ›
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… More Inside ›