Einstuerzende Neubauten “Alles Wieder Offen”


Interview: founding fathers of "industrial music" Einstürzende Neubauten release their next album without support of a label.


What about Einstürzende Neubauten's logo? Since your first release it has never ceased to exist on any of your productions.

"It’s a Toltec symbol. The original is an etching on a cave-wall high up in the mountains somewhere in Mexico. Not a particular touristy spot as apparently you have to hike for a day in order to go and see it. I will have to do that one day though. Its advantages as a symbol are obvious. As opposed to the Christian cross or the swastika for example, with its cycloid eye it has a face, which is a quality that appeals to people more than just any combination of lines."

The Creation of "new" sounds always has been a central theme in Einstürzende Neubauten's work. Compared to the beginning of your career, today's technical possibilities to create sounds are endless. How does that influence your creative process?

"We still work as a group of individuals playing music together. Which means we communicate, not by phone or email but by looking at and listening to each other. Of course, you can do great things using a computer these days and it certainly has helped cutting costs in studio-rent and equipment but music is about communication and interaction in the actual meaning of the word. The possibilities where 'endless' back then and they will forever be and still it is a good thing to try and not interrupt the flow of events by doing too much of that solitary work facing the computer-screen."

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