Passive/Aggressive

Manuel Göttsching – Rebuilding culture, re-envisioning the guitar (interview)

In English April 12 2015

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Picture: Copyright: MG.Art.

By Jacob Pertou

Manuel Göttsching played the guitar in the groundbreaking krautrock groups Ash Ra Tempel and Ashra, and created the electronic milestone “E2-E4″. In March, he guested Copenhagen’s Jazzhouse as part of a series of events arranged by the internet radio The Lake. Passive/Aggressive met with him, just before he was about to enter stage, to talk about inspirations and making music.

P/A: Like Michael Rother and Tangerine Dream last year in Tivoli, this is your first ever visit to Copenhagen. I have a feeling that so-called krautrock is far more popular now, than when it was made. What are your thoughts on that?

Manuel Göttsching (MG): “It started at the end of the 80’s. For example, if you take “E2-E4″ [recorded in 1981, but held back by the record company until 1984, because it was too ahead of its time, ed.], it had been growing over many years, and there were so many people in the 90’s, refering to that album, refering to music of the 70’s. I don’t think it is a new movement, just a continuous movement. It is going on and on. Læs resten

Manuel Göttsching i København – Følelsesmaskiner, rockhjertet og den tropiske musikturisme

Feature March 17 2015 manuel

Af Nicklas Sørensen

Kong Gött er en tysk guitarkonge. Han kommer snart til København. I virkeligheden hedder Kong Gott ikke Kong Gött. Men Manuel. Manuel Göttsching. I min verden hedder Kong Gött dog Kong Gött. Han er jo kongen. I min verden. Min verden, som iøvrigt ligner virkeligheden. Som i virkeligheden ligner min verden. Ligner og ligner.

Kong Gött spillede engang i et syrerockende krautrockband, som hed Ash Ra Temple. En trio, som ofte afsøgte en bred, musikalsk favn af trippende, bluesy’e buldrende jamruter og skønhedssøgende, kosmiske ambientplatauer. Det var bandets bassist, Hartmut Enke, som fandt på navnet Ash Ra Temple. Navnet kan forkortes til bogstaverne ART. Navnet var et påfund, som udsprang af en tankerække funderet i Hartmuts interesse for esoteriske emner. Sådan er der så meget. Klaus Schulze spillede i øvrigt trommer på de første ART-plader. Klaus Schulze er også en slags konge. Ligesom Hartmut. ART og ART. Klaus og Hartmut. Læs resten