Saturday, April 22, 2017

MANUEL GOTTSCHING (London Barbican, 22/03/17)

There are few musicians out there that can claim to be influential in two completely disparate genres, but Manuel Gottsching has over his five-decade career proved to be instrumental in the development of both psychedelic rock (via his group Ash Ra Tempel) and techno, via his spontaneously improvised 1984 work "E2 E4". Tonight's performance showcased both aspects, with varying success- "E2 E4" was mesmerising in a soporific, minimalist way, but the psych jamming wasn't as far-out as it should have been, perhaps due to last-minute withdrawal of Ariel Pink.

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