Rudi Esch’s German language book ‘Electri_City – Elektronische_Musik_Aus_Düsseldorf’ documents the city’s innovative and inspiring music scene. To further celebrate Düsseldorf’s contribution to the world, Esch has unveiled the ELECTRI_CITY_Conference to be held from Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st October 2015.
Those taking part will include Rusty Egan, Peter Hook and Stephen Mallinder. The Electricity Club had the pleasure of chatting to Rudi Esch about the ELECTRI_CITY_Conference. Continue Reading ›
NEU! founder members Michael Rother and the late Klaus Dinger are two of the most highly renowned exponents of Kosmische Musik, a distinctly Germanic form that was unfortunately termed by the UK music press later as krautrock.
The influence of NEU! can be heard in artists as diverse as DAVID BOWIE, U2, STEREOLAB, OMD and ULTRAVOX. But what twenty tracks would make up an imaginary compilation to serve as an introduction for electronic music fans new to NEU! and its various offshoots? Continue Reading ›
The story of WOLFGANG RIECHMANN is tragic and had his life not been cut short, he certainly had the potential to become a revered and respected cult musical figure like Michael Rother and Manuel Gӧttsching.
RIECHMANN is the forgotten man in the Düsseldorf axis which spawned NEU! and KRAFTWERK. Indeed, he was even in a band called SPIRITS OF SOUND with Michael Rother and Wolfgang Flür. With his multi-instrumental virtuoso ability, he recorded a beautiful collection of instrumentals. Continue Reading ›
'Neu! 86' (formally 'Neu! 4'), an aborted reunion of founder members Michael Rother and the late Klaus Dinger has now finally been issued officially via Grönland Records. It was originally released on the Japanese Captain Trip label in 1995 without Rother's consent.
Following Dinger's death in 2008, the album has been reworked from original multitrack tapes by Rother with the blessing of Dinger's widow Miki Yui. Continue Reading ›