Telekom Electronic Beats

Tag: Issue No. 30 – Summer 2012

Max Dax interviews Bernard Sumner

“There was a fascination for everything related to the war because it was all around me”: Bernard Sumner’s simple guitar lines and plaintive vocals are essential elements in New Order’s dark, romantic synth-pop—a sound that helped define Manchester’s musical identity and set Factory Records on the path to immortality.

Stefan Betke vs. Wolfgang Voigt

  From Kraftwerk’s travel obsession and the endless poetics of Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4 to Atom™’s overt Schubert references on Winterreise, German Romanticism has been an enduring presence in electronic music. So too for Berlin clicks and cuts/dubtechnoist Stefan Betke and minimal techno godfather Wolfgang Voigt. Over the past fifteen years, both artists have forged a … Continued

A week in the life: 168 hrs Kraftwerk, NYC part 1

Photo: Max Dax Few bands cast a shadow as long (or wide) as electronic pioneers Kraftwerk. The influence of the band’s trail-blazing retro-futurism, conceptual precision and electronic minimalism is difficult to overestimate, extending beyond numerous genres of electronic music into the broader realm of art and popular culture. And the art world seems to have … Continued

Justus Köhncke recommends Can’s The Lost Tapes

I’m not much of a career person. In fact, I would say I’ve stumbled into almost everything I’ve done in life—not entirely by accident, but certainly without very much planning. And that’s more or less how I became involved in making film music together with Can founder Irmin Schmidt.

Chris Bohn recommends Terre Thaemlitz’s Soulnessless

How to approach listening to the world’s longest album, clocking in at over thirty hours of music, hundreds of pages of sleeve notes and extensive video footage all packed onto an SD card that has to be plugged in a USB stick and accompanied by a small booklet covered with the picture of a burning … Continued

Counting with Simon Le Bon

Revisiting the eighties has become a veritable right of passage for the retromaniacal. And that’s a good thing too, because as Simon Le Bon can attest, those who were there can’t remember very much at all. Here, the Duran Duran frontman and lyricist shows how to best deal with amnesia: wittily. 1 memorable line in … Continued

Grimes on the importance of Marilyn Manson

While some artists do their damndest to identify themselves with the coolest possible influences and constantly update a carefully curated list of musical fore­bearers, Grimes just doesn’t give a fuck. That’s something she learned from her style icon, Marilyn Manson—a master of popularizing the subversive.