Fireside Chat

Manuel Göttsching

60 minsFirst aired 14 Sep 2018Next Fireside Chat Sun at 12:00pm EDT
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Krautrock pioneer, Ash Ra Tempel guitarist and genius behind the über-classic E2-E4: Step into the world of Manuel Göttsching.

Berlin-born guitarist Manuel Göttsching and Ash Ra Tempel created instrumental music in an era when groups like Tangerine Dream, Agitation Free, Kraftwerk and Can put music made in Germany on the map — Göttsching worked with Timothy Leary, Conny Plank, Harald Grosskopf and Klaus Schulze, and became one of the figureheads of the tape-echo-drenched sound that the British music press named krautrock. Göttsching is probably still best known for his mega-classic E2-E4, recorded in December 1981 in a one-hour session and released three years later on Inteam Records — it was subsequently picked up by New York disco DJs like Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage. Gaining a great deal of attention at the end of the ’80s in the house and techno scenes, E2-E4 was remixed and sampled, and lived a second life as an Italian record by Sueño Latino. Göttsching has been exhibited as a wax model in a wax museum in Tokyo, and went on to work with contemporary ensembles like Zeitkratzer as well as with DJs like Joe Claussell.


Interview by Todd L. Burns
Written and engineered by Frank Westerkamp and Roland Dill
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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