Manuel Göttsching has died

Actually we wanted to announce news about the re-release of “Early Water”, the musical collaboration of Manuel Göttsching with Michael Hoenig, here. But now Manuel Göttsching has passed away – and suddenly everything is different.

Ash Ra Tempel and Agitation Free once got to know and appreciate each other in the Electronic Beat Studio run by Thomas Kessler. At that time, a collegial relationship with various joint concerts began. Manuel’s furious guitar playing always stood out. And with “Inventions for Electric Guitar” he later created a milestone of instrumental rock music. This led to Lutz Ulbrich joining first Ash Ra Tempel and then Ashra in the mid-seventies. This eventually became a decades-long collaboration. Michael Hoenig also worked with Manuel Göttsching, and so the above-mentioned album “Early Water” was born. With the stroke of genius “E2-E4”, Manuel’s music became a blueprint for techno and led to worldwide fame. Among other things, this led to these three gentlemen being immortalized together in the Tokyo Tower Wax Museum as life-size wax duplicates. Göttsching’s innovative work was characterized by sensual, flowing music played with elegant ease. His unmistakable guitar style creates an intense hypnotic effect and carries you away into warm and relaxed worlds of sound. With Manuel Göttsching one of the most important protagonists of the Berlin School has died – a great musician and wonderful person. But his music lives on …

Eichkamp – Video with footage of the very beginning of Agitation Free

My collaboration with Fanger & Schönwälder contains a composition called “Eichkamp” which is a part of Berlin where I grew up. So I thought it might be a good idea to open my treasure chest and look for something from the 60ties and 70ties. I found one of the first gigs we played with Agitation (still without “Free” then) in 68 and some other crazy stuff we were filming in my parents garden. You can find all original founding members Ludwig Kramer, Christoph Franke, Michael “Fame” Günther, Folke Hanfeld (lights) and Manager Rolli Paulick. Also later members Burghard Rausch, Michael Hoenig and even Klaus D. Müller. Also our first tourbus a Mercedes 319 and later Mercedes 608. This footage was mainly done by my father. I am very grateful to my parents for the wonderful childhood they have given my sister and me. Enjoy! “Eichkamp” is on the album Analog Overdose by Fanger & Schönwälder feat. Lutz Graf-Ulbrich. You can purchase it on


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New Krautrockbook “Future Sounds” by Christoph Dallach, but only in German language

Surprise! This book came today. I am thrilled to be part of it amongst such great Krautrock heroes. Congrats to Christoph Dallach for such an extensive work about this subject. #futuresounds#krautrock #agitationfree #tangerinedream#ashratempel #amondüül #can #faust #kraan#guruguru #irminschmidt #peterbaumann#renateknaup #hansjoachimroedelius#conradschnitzler #holgerczukay#jakiliebezeit #haraldgrosskopf#michaelhoenig #thomaskessler#klausschulze #dietermoebius #brianeno#michaelrother #achimreichelandmachines#lüül #lutzgrafulbrich #helmuthattler#lutzludwigkramer

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