Saturday, 29 November 2014

Ash Ra Tempel - Friendship CD reissue

Ash Ra Tempel's Friendship album has been given a CD reissue and below is some info from the Manuel Göttsching Fan Group about how you can get a copy. Stay tuned for another exciting announcement about my MG book. Coming soon!

of Ash Ra Tempel`s CD - Friendship
This is only a little reminder to all fans of the music from Manuel Göttsching to
buy this CD for a price only EURO 16,00*
Previously available on Manikin in 2000, this wonderful recording has been out of print for many years, but it is now remastered for your pleasure in 2014!
Track List:
01. Reunion (30:40 min)
02. Pikant (21:40 min)
03. Friendship (26:30 min)
Label: MG.ART
Cat. No.: MG01222 / MG.ART 121
digi pak release
*The Price excl. shipping and possible paypal costs is: EURO 16,00
(This offer is available from Nov 14 till - Dec 31, 2014)
Please order your CD at:
MG.ART`s complete catalogue find at:
Payment information:
It is possible to pay with paypal or with European banktransfer to our account.
Shipping costs for one or two items:
Germany: EURO 2,00
Europe: EURO 4,00
Outside Europe: EURO 5,00
Paypal fee: EURO 2,00

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Finish line no longer in the Deep Distance...

Hi there. Here's another progress report regarding my forthcoming Manuel Göttsching book and a few words from a fellow music writer. There are a total of 15 chapters and Stephen Iliffe, who is currently proofreading the text (and is now deep into chapter 12), has this to say: "This is going to be the ideal guide to Manuel's life and music. I've already purchased an additional three albums of his as a result of reading it, which is exactly what a good music book should do, and it has deepened my appreciation of the Manuel Göttsching and Ashra albums that I already own."

Given that Stephen's Hans-Joachim Roedelius biography, Painting with Sound is one of the finest books I have ever read I'm very heartened by his words. I'm also very grateful indeed for his work with the proofing.

I will let you know when this process is complete as we head towards the finish line. Stay tuned.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Nearly there now

Hi everyone. I'm busy working on the final stages of the book. Today I'm sending the photographs with credits to the graphic designer over in Australia. The reference section is checked and complete and the finish line really doesn't seem so far away now.

In the meantime here's a cool clip of Walter Wegmuller, presenting some of his art. Enjoy! More soon.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Coming soon!

It has been a while so here is an update on my Manuel Göttsching book in progress. We are all systems go and approaching a finished product. Over the last few weeks I have been busy checking that all of the names in the book (whether those belonging to people, places or pieces of music) are correct. Soon I will be doing the same with all of the dates. I have just completed the references section and this afternoon I will be double checking that this is all correct. In the meantime my good friend Stephen Iliffe (Hans-Joachim Roedelius biographer and CD sleeve note writer extraordinaire) is proofreading my draft chapter by chapter at a rate of knots, as and when time allows. Thank you, Stephen!

Whilst all of this is going on I have enlisted the services of a graphic designer for the cover and all of the layout. Believe it or not he lives in Australia (thank goodness for e-mail communication). His work is excellent and I look forward to sharing it with you when it is available. The link with this graphic designer was forged by a mega Manuel Göttsching fan, who fortuitously also happens to be a book publisher. While my book doesn't fall within the genre categories that his inprint deals with he has been incredibly helpful in linking me with the aforementioned contact but also with organising links to printers that I will need to get the book self-published. Thank you also, Robert!

When everything is checked and the layout is complete and spot on I will probably be setting up a Kickstarter account with a view to funding a limited print run of the book. You will be able to see the cover art, perhaps a few sample pages and bag yourself a copy by pre-ordering. 

There have been a few slow laps along the way but I can promise you that this is the last one. After what I can honestly tell you amounts to well over five years of writing during weekends and holidays Manuel Göttsching book is almost there and I'm getting rather excited about it. If I had to predict when you will be able to get your mitts on it I'd say the final quarter of this year. I'm moving house soon, which may slow things slightly for a month or two but this is almost there. Coming soon...

Thursday, 2 January 2014

MG live in Gorlice, Poland 2013

Hello everyone! Firstly, here's wishing you a Happy New Year! Hope you had a great Christmas and I also hope the year ahead is a fantastic one for you too. 

This is just a quick message to let you know that MG's July 2013 show live in Gorlice, Poland will be available to watch online, courtesy of the Polish station RTVG until 6th January 2014. This is a really fantastic show (the best MG concert I have seen) with a nice mixture of the contemporary and the classic, the analog and the digital. Great guitar playing, nice keyboard work. Extra special and a must see! Check it out here while you can:


More news on the book as and when I get it. Things are moving forward....

Sunday, 20 October 2013

A special announcement

I'm both incredibly proud and delighted to be able to announce that Mr. Manuel Göttsching is now involved with my project to write a book about his music. He has a draft of the book and is currently reading this whenever time allows in between his various projects. More news will appear as and when I get it. Thanks, MG!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

MG live at the Oval Space, London 2013

It's that time of the year again when I say Happy Birthday, Mr. Manuel Gottsching. Have a great day!

I now hand over to two friends, both of whom had the great pleasure of attending Manuel's live show at the Oval Space in London last Thursday night (5th September 2013). The review below was written by Robert Forsyth and all of the photographs in this post appear courtesy of Stephen Iliffe. Thank you both, for generously allowing me to post your fine work here...
One of the warmest nights of the year heralded Manuel Gottsching's return to London and what a triumphant return it was!

I have been a devotee of Gottsching's music since being introduced to Blackouts by my old friend, Tony Bell, back in 1978, who, happily, joined me for the Oval show. New Age of Earth followed and I was hooked. But, having missed the Ash Ra Tempel performance in London in 2000 (for which I remain bitterly disappointed), it was not until going to Scotland in the starkly different climate of December 2010 that I finally had the opportunity to see the man play in the intimate, subterranean atmosphere of the Stereo bar in Glasgow. For Tony, London was his first such occasion: 'I've waited 30 years for this...' he remarked, smiling, as we left the bar and headed towards the 'Space'.
London was to be different, but equally impressive. First opening in April 2012, the Oval Space, on the eastern fringes of the capital, offers a much larger venue and defines itself as an 'evolving multi-use arts and events space in the heart of Bethnal Green'.

Following an impressive and inventive deep house set by fellow Germans, Henrik Schwarz and Frank Wiedemann, a little after ten p.m., the lights darkened and the 'Space' filled with around 400 music fans. Up front, very close to the stage and looking around me at the faces in the red glow of the lights, one could detect an air of excitement and anticipation. It was evident that some knew what to expect and some didn't.

Manuel Gottsching stepped up to the stage, unannounced, and the place erupted. Gottsching bowed and took his seat, leaned over his laptop and went to work. His area of the stage was spartan: aside from his 'desk', there was a Novation X-Station 49 keyboard and a Gibson SG. The 'Space' was slowly consumed with the pulsing, almost forbidding opening beats of 'Big Birds' - a piece he first played in Berlin in 1979 and which I had not previously heard. For me, it was wonderful to hear MG-ART music that did I not have in my collection and it made the evening even more stimulating. I sensed the audience too, perhaps many for the first time, found it spell-binding. 
Up next, a smiling, but perhaps slightly overwhelmed Gottsching introduced 'Shuttlecock', and judging by the reaction, it was clearly a favourite with many of the Italian fans who happened to be present. It was a superb rendition - vibrant and fresh, with a rich and contemporary edge to it that really pleased the crowd. Then, for me the highlight of the evening came, with a truly memorable and extended performance of 'Midnight on Mars' in which Gottsching played the guitar exquisitely. By this stage, many of the club scene audience in attendance were dancing and soaking up something that was truly special and sublime.
Gottsching then offered his thanks and added how good it was to be back in London, a place that he did not visit perhaps as much as he should, but which, he commented, had nevertheless played an important part in his career. Tonight was about looking back on that career and playing some 'old pieces and some new pieces'.

Then it was 'Trunky Groove' - a rumbling, mesmerising 'groove' that just seemed 'right' for the majority of the audience. This is Gottsching's key. Invention, adaptability, re-invention, timelessness. Loud applause. Finally his 90-minute set ended with a new synthesiser/guitar piece, whose title escaped me in the noise of the crowd, but which I truly hope may appear on a future recording.
Manuel Gottsching bowed, smiled, waved and left the stage. I caught him above the heads of the crowd being whisked off through a side door. He left with a backward glance, another smile and another wave. Gone, but hopefully he'll be back a'fore long.

'Wow...', breathed Tony. Thirty years and it was worth every minute.'

I'll second that.