Manuel Göttsching Has Died

Guitarist and ambient pioneer has passed...

German musician Manuel Göttsching has died.

The guitarist spearheaded influential German group Ash Ra Tempel, helping to blend progressive strands with the emerging Kosmische sounds in West Germany. A continual innovator, he worked with musicians from the Berlin School of Electronic Music, with his minimalist approach merging new technology, almost Reich-ian phrasing, and aspects of rock guitar into one seamless whole.

Perhaps Manuel Göttsching‘s lasting artefact is the 1981 release ‘E2-E4’. A masterpiece in minimalism and sustained innovation, it proved to be incredibly influential on subsequent waves of techno producers, and has been cited as a key touchtone by everyone from Mogwai to LCD Soundsystem.

Manuel Göttsching later revisited the album, preferring to enjoy the art of live performance to a full re-issue. Clash caught him in conversation back in 2014, prior to an appearance at vital Dutch club event Dekmantel.

He finished by giving us some sage advice on producing sonic art: “Just live in a moment, and just feel. Touch an emotion and let it go… but don’t forget to push the record button.”

News of Manuel Göttsching was confirmed this morning (December 12th) through multiple German outlets. He was 70 years old.

Find a selection of tributes to the German master below.

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