Manuel Göttsching’s position as one of the leading lights of the krautrock scene is unassailable.
Over the last four decades, the Berlin native’s inhabited a number of crucial incarnations: kosmische vanguardist (with Ash Ra Tempel), pioneer in minimalist guitar music (his solo mid-1970s run) and techno forefather (with 1984’s seminal E2-E4, one of our five favourite albums of the decade). With Göttsching recently in town to play his first London date in 13 years for Need2Soul/Oval Space Music, FACT TV sat down with the Berlin native for an extensive chat about his life and times. On the agenda? Göttsching’s school bands, the genesis of E2-E4 and Berlin’s remarkable history as Europe’s on-off creative hub.
We also asked Göttsching to play the critic and introduce and appraise five of his key works. To hear him discuss a string of classic works, from Inventions For Electric Guitar to New Age Of Earth, – head here to watch.