Since Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4 is one of the Spill’s unofficial anthems, after a whole series of us were converted to it by FrogPrincess, it stands to reason that there might well be people here interested in what he’s up to at the moment – or, as in my case, open to being made furiously jealous at the news of a concert that they have no chance of attending. I’ve been asked to post the following by Christian Wheeldon, who very modestly mentions his forthcoming biography of the great man at the very bottom of the post…
Saturday 23rd June, 9pm
This live date presents a rare opportunity to see Manuel Göttsching performing E2-E4, his seminal classic of electronic minimalism at Mönchengladbach’s famous Museum Abteiberg. Designed by Austrian architect Hans Hollein and opened in 1982, the museum holds one of the most important collections of art since the 1960s, including Pop Art, Op Art, Minimal and Conceptual Art, plus works of Nouveaux Réalisme, Modernism and Postmodernism. Art by Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol can be found alongside the work of Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger and many others.
Göttsching’s E2-E4 was recorded in 1981 in just one hour and one take without any later mixing or alterations. Three years passed before the recording was released but the album became a new anthem for some of America’s most influential discos, subsequently changing the music world.
“The birth of club music was a murky affair. There is one record, however, that is far so reaching that almost every club-music camp agrees it’s a starting point for electronic dance music: E2-E4.” – Remix Magazine, USA
“Synthesisers and drum machines build up a single, burbling, trance-like riff, topped with fluid guitar.” – Q Magazine, UK (The Best Chill-Out Albums of All Time)
“Three decades ago, Ash Ra Tempel grandmaster Manuel Göttsching made his opening move with the pioneering electro minimalism of E2-E4 and reset the pace for a new age of repetitive dance beats and rock meditations.” – The Wire UK, December 2011
For more information about this event which celebrates 30 years of both the museum and E2-E4, see here:
Watch the official Manuel Göttsching and AshRa website for an announcement about how to buy tickets (coming soon):
After four years Newcastle-based writer Christian Wheeldon is also close to putting the finishing touches to his Manuel Göttsching biography. To read about the making of the book and for the latest information see here: