Still going strong, Einstürzende Neubauten, or “Collapsing New Buildings” is playing the 18th of June at Kulttempel Oberhausen. A German industrial band, one of their trademarks is the use of custom-built instruments, predominantly made out of scrap metal and building tools.
Industrial music, is a genre of experimental/electronic music that draws on transgressive and provocative themes. The term was coined in the mid-1970s with the founding of Industrial Records by Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle and Monte Cazazza; on Throbbing Gristle’s debut album The Second Annual Report, they coined the slogan “industrial music for industrial people”. In general, the style is harsh and challenging. AllMusic defines industrial as the “most abrasive and aggressive fusion of rock and electronic music”; “initially a blend of avant-garde electronics experiments (tape music, musique concrète, white noise, synthesizers, sequencers, etc.) and punk provocation”.
The first industrial artists experimented with noise and aesthetically controversial topics, musically and visually, such as fascism, serial killers and the occult. Their production was not limited to music, but included mail art, performance art,installation pieces and other art forms. Prominent industrial musicians include Throbbing Gristle, Monte Cazazza,SPK, Boyd Rice, Cabaret Voltaire, and Z’EV. The precursors that influenced the development of the genre included acts such as electronic group Kraftwerk, experimental rock acts such as The Velvet Underground and Frank Zappa,psychedelic rock artists such as Jimi Hendrix, and composers such as John Cage. Musicians also cite writers such as William S. Burroughs, and philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche as influences.
The birth of industrial music was a response to “an age [in which] the access and control of information were becoming the primary tools of power.” At its birth, the genre of industrial music was different from any other music, and its use of technology and disturbing lyrics and themes to tear apart preconceptions about the necessary rules of musical form supports the suggestion that industrial music is modernist music.The artists themselves made these goals explicit, even drawing connections to social changes they wished to argue for through their music.
While the term was self-applied by a small coterie of groups and individuals associated with Industrial Records in the 1970s, it was broadened to include artists influenced by the original movement or using an “industrial” aesthetic. These artists expanded the genre by pushing it into noisier and more electronic directions. Over time, its influence spread into and blended with styles including ambient and rock, all of which now fall under the post-industrial music label. Electro-industrial music is a primary subgenre that developed in the 1980s. The two other most notable hybrid genres are industrial rock and industrial metal, which include bands such as Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, both of which released platinum-selling albums in the 1990s. These three distinct genres are often referred to as simply industrial.
Originally from West Berlin, Einstürzende Neubauten formed in 1980. The group currently comprises Blixa Bargeld (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), Alexander Hacke (bass, guitar, vocals), N.U. Unruh (custom-made instruments, percussion, vocals), Jochen Arbeit (guitar and vocals), and Rudolf Moser (custom-built instruments, percussion, and vocals).
Their early albums were unremittingly harsh, with Bargeld’s vocals shouted and screamed above a din of banging and scraping metal percussion. Subsequent recordings found the group’s sound growing somewhat more conventional, yet still containing many unorthodox elements.
Einstürzende Neubauten will be performing on
Saturday, June 18 at 8 PM – 5 AM in UTC+02DJ
Stahlmusik spielt Neubautenmusik zum Tanzen
LIVE: Neubauten Coversongs u.a.
Neubautenfilme im Videoraum
Abendkasse – Kulttempel: 8 €
You can find out more about the band on their Facebook page-