Thoralf Koß reviews Ash Ra Tempel's album Le Berceau de Cristal
Read his review (in German) in "Musikreviews",
the German magazine for Metal, Progressive and Rock music.
This album, recorded by Manuel and Lutz "Lüül" Ulbrich in 1975,
hasn't existed commercially for the last 10 years, but is available again! Check your music shops or order it directly from us.
For professsional orders: our world distributor is WAS.
Manuel and Lüül composed this music for Philippe Garrel's film with the same title
- released in 1976 and starring Nico, Dominique Sanda, Anita Pallenberg. The music was released as CD only in 1993.
After 40 years Manuel and Lüül performed this music for the first time live again at the E-Live festival in the Netherlands on October 24, 2015.
Here is an excerpt from the concert. Enjoy!
Enjoy Manuel Göttsching in Trevor Reekie's radio show, New Zealand!
The Vinyl Factory introduces MG in 10 records
For Manuel's fans who read German: "Ten facts about Ash Ra Tempel/Ashra" (original: "Zehn Fakten über Ash Ra Tempel/Ashra")
You can read this article in the German music magazine "Eclipsed" (no.
182) or here. It was published last year for the first
time and now again. Thank you, "Eclipsed", but there is some information which isn't quite correct :-)
Fact 2: Since Manuel has founded his own label MG.ART he hasn't released his solo works
any longer under Ash Ra Tempel or Ashra but under his own name. Check out at
Fact 3: The Steeple Chase Blues Band was Manuel's third band after
The Bomb Proofs and Bad Joe, all with Hartmut Enke. The first one
was The Bomb Proofs at the age of 14/15 where they mostly covered
famous music titles, but they also started already with some improvisations.
The second band Bad Joe was completely improvised free style, while
with the third one, The Steeple Blues Band, they only referred in parts
to some of their favourite blues schemes and scales. It was never a cover
band as such, not even a true "blues band", because 80% was pure improvisation.
Therefore the funny name.
Fact 4: It is not true that Manuel and Hartmut convinced Klaus Schulze to
perform with them. In fact, it was the other way around: Due to the loudest
sound system in Berlin which the young guys had bought in 1970 in London
from Pink Floyd Klaus wanted to perform with them when he left Tangerine
Fact 10: The latest concert so far with Grosskopf and Baltes as Ashra took
place in 2013 in Berlin. But this does not mean that it was the last :-)
In 2014 Manuel performed with Lutz "Lüül" Ulbrich as Ash Ra Tempel at the
E-Live festival in Oirschot
music from their common album Le Berceau de Cristal, which has been
re-released recently. Since August 2015 Manuel performed also with Ariel
Pink, Shags Chamberlain and Oren Ambarchi as Ash Ra Tempel Experience
(see their first concert at the Arts Center Melbourne (Australia).
The European premiere was on June 4, 2016 at the Kilbi Festival in Switzerland. Other concerts will follow as well as a CD and LP of the
Out now as first re-release after 10 years not being available: ASH RA TEMPEL - LE BERCEAU DE CRISTAL
The CD has a different back cover and a booklet that also includes English liner notes beside the original French ones!
Orders welcome via e-mail to email@example.com.
Price excl. shipping: 18,00 €.
For wholesale customers and shops: You can order the CD to our exclusive distributor: Word and Sound, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ash Ra Tempel - Le Berceau de Cristal
Released July 2016
Recorded 1975 at Studio ROMA, Berlin, beside the title track "Le berceau de cristal" which was recorded on August 7, 1975 in Cannes at the Palais du Festival, during a live Ash Ra Tempel concert. It is the music to Philippe Garrel's movie from 1976 with the same title.
Manuel Göttsching and Lutz "Lüül" Graf-Ulbrich.
Here is a video teaser from a live performance of this music by Manuel and Lüül 40 years later at the E-Live festival in the Netherlands. Enjoy!
An interesting remix of Shuttle Cock out now!
Daniele Baldelli has announced Volcano Extravaganza, a new EP with a bold re-imagining of Manuel Göttsching's
legendary title Shuttle Cock from the album Blackouts, released in 1977 under the name of MG's band Ashra
and not under his own name as it was actually Manuel's third solo work after Inventions For Electic Guitar and
New Age Of Earth. Only 31 years later, in 2008 he changed this, re-releasing Blackouts as a Manuel Göttsching solo album.
Volcano Extravaganza has been released by The Vinyl Factory on July 1st, 2016. You can hear Baldelli's epic remix of Shuttle Cock
here or stream it with Baldelli's
two own tracks here. Enjoy!
For orders see here
New remixes of Sueño Latino
Based on Manuel Göttsching 's sample of E2-E4, Sueño Latino remains one of the most famous balearic anthems and house music classics.
This is the new electronic Synthesis Mix made by one of the original producers of Sueno Latino: Ricky Persi with
the collaboration of Riccardo "ohmguru" Rinaldi.
Orders welcome via e-mail to email@example.com.
Price excl. shipping: 10,00 .
Manuel on Portuguese TV
After his concert in Coimbra on March 4, 2016 enjoy Manuel in a programme at ESEC TV.
March 18, 2016: Ralph Baumgartl in an interview with Manuel
Ralph Baumgartl writes: "In this interview Manuel, the pioneer of Berlin School of Electronic Music, is sharing many insights about his music and the development
of the Electronic Music Scene in West-Germany during the 1970s. Together with Hartmut Enke and Klaus Schulze (ex Tangerine Dream) Manuel founded the legendary band Ash Ra Tempel
in 1970. In 1974 he recorded his first solo masterpiece "Inventions for Electric Guitar", and his album "E2-E4" from 1981 is praised for its influential role in the development
of House, Ambient and Techno Music of the late 1980s and early 1990s."
See also Christian Wheeldon's book below.
Christian Wheeldon's book about Manuel's music is out!
Well over six years in the writing, this has been painstakingly pieced together but was also a real labour of love.
- 156 pages
- 95,000 words
- Four pages of colour photographs
- 12 black and white photographs/images throughout the text
- Limited edition print run
It covers the early years, Ash Ra Tempel, The Cosmic Jokers, Ashra and Manuel's solo career to date, and
includes exclusive contributions from Harald Grosskopf, Lutz Ulbrich, Steve Baltes, Joaquin Joe Claussell, Steve Hillage and concert recollections from fans.
More information on the author's page.
Here is a review on Factmag
with two video interviews, but also The Wire announces it.
The book is priced:
UK: £11.99 + £3.00 p&p, Total = £14.99
Europe: £11.99 + £5.00 p&p, Total = £16.99
USA and Rest of World: £11.99 + £7.00 p&p, Total = £18.99
It is also available on Amazon and in our shop.
Manuel for the first time ever in Portugal
On March 4, 2016 Manuel will perform his E2-E4 in the historical city of
Coimbra at Teatro Académico Gil Vincente. You can find more
more information here (both pages are in Portuguese).
Roter Salon / Volksbühne, Berlin on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 9PM:
"Deep Distance - the Musical Life of Manuel Goettsching". In a multimedia show Chris Bohn (The Wire Magazine) introduces
Christian Wheeldon's book about Manuel and speaks with him.
Don't miss this unique event!
A one-hour contribution on radio BR2-Zündfunk to Manuel's E2-E4 by Ralf Summer
"It is the link between the Krautrock of the 70s and the electronic music of the 80s: the album "E2E4" by Manuel Göttsching from 1981. Based on only two chords it became the blueprint for Electronic Music and synth sounds in general."
Ralf speaks in his program from November 1, 2015 with Manuel about this legendary composition and what it meant for the development of music. And as background you can hear 1h long Göttsching's music:-)
ADE'15 Meet the Godfathers
As the only German Manuel contributed to this year's Amsterdam Dance Event, being part of the panel.
Here is the video stream of this interesting one-hour show.
The talk starts at 00'15'34 with Manuel's E2-E4 and ends at 01'13'12.
Videoclips from the concert at E-live
Here are some videoclips from the concert at E-live where Ash Ra Tempel performed
music from mid 70s, including Le Berceau de Cristal:
A clip filmed and edited by Kris Miko on YouTube.
Two clips made by Jacek Kursa from the soundcheck and
from the concert.
Three clips by Peter Dekker:
You will also find some photos by Peter Dekker in our Photos section.
And here is a German article about this year's E-live with Ash Ra Tempel performing there.
It was a great show and all who have missed it, enjoy at least the videos!
Photos from Hebden Bridge
We have put some photos from the Hebden Bridge show into our Photos section!
Some photos from the Katowice concert
There are some nice photos from the Katowice concert in our Photos section. Thank you, Leszek Postawka!
Manuel in an interview with Laura Marin from The Attic Mag
Manuel Göttsching in ELEKTRO BEATS
On Wednesday, September 16, Olaf Zimmermann dedicated his entire program to Manuel and his music. The interview between him and Manuel was based on Christian Wheeldon's book DEEP DISTANCE - Manuel Göttsching's musical life which has been released this spring in UK. But Olaf spoke with Manuel also about his first concert in Australia, where he played with LA underground innovator Ariel Pink on bass and vocals, with multi-instrumentalist Shags Chamberlain and internationally renowned Australian artist Oren Ambarchi on drums (GER/USA/AUS). A landmark performance incorporating Manuel's legendary music from Ash Ra Tempel albums SCHWINGUNGEN and SEVEN UP as world premiere.
Another subject was Manuel's next concerts and plans for 2016, which are quite a few:-)
But now enjoy the entire program:
Previous concerts of E2-E4 with links to video excerpts:
10. UK premiere in Hebden Bridge, see also Inkfolk
and The Wire
9. The Netherlands as the opening act of the Dekmantel Festival on July 30, 2015. Some video excerpts see here:
8. Poland premiere at the festival Sonic Fiction/przemiany on September 8, 2012.
7. E2-E4-Japan - Dommune's benefit concert on August 11, 2012.
6. E2-E4 at Museum Abteiberg on June 23, 2012. Interview before the concert and 10 min. excerpt of the performance here
5. Spain premiere at Electrónica en Abril in Madrid on April 12, 2012
4. China premiere in Peking at Art Zone 798 on November 1, 2008
3. US premiere with the legendary Joshua Light Show in New York's Lincoln Center on August 15, 2008
2. Germany premiere on it's 25th birthday, December 12, 2006 in Berlin at Berghain
1. World premiere
in Japan at Mt. Fuji (the first performance EVER) on August 27, 2006
Special Event on March 25, 2005 at Volksbühne Berlin with the contemporary music ensemble Zeitkratzer (also known from the performance of Lou Reeds' Metal Machine Music)
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