In Concert ~ Einstürzende Neubauten
August 31st. 2000
I had a wonderful
time at this concert :)
I was situated on a balcony at the rear end of the room, so I had the
perfect view to the entire stage. I've never had that good a look,
especially at Andrew and Rudi before, how enthusiastic they are when
And I discovered details I've never noticed before, like that it is the
jet-turbine, played by Rudi, making that wonderful percussion in
Also the sound was perfect from this perspective. Much better than when
I usually have been placed in the front row, listening to a strange mix
of monitor sound and subwoofers.
The sound even got an extra dimension to me, because from my place on
the balcony I could look down and directly beneath me was the
soundengineers console. I learned that they use a TC M5000 as reverb
for most of the percussion, and a SPX 900 as effect for Blixa in "Ende
Neu". The soundengineer had simple drawings on some of the faders,
which were symbols for the strange no-named items in the percussion
section. Also the technician was the one to wildly panorate around the
hall with Blixas vocal samples.
I have heard rumours about how Blixa has begun taking photographs of
the audience at concerts, maybe as a theme for his second
photographical series: first he did hotelbathrooms and now audiences?
But Blixa didn't take any photographs at this concert, I wonder why...
Maybe the audience wasn't of the best kind, many were very young and
very noisy, violently jumping around, mainly in the front rows, except
THE front row. This "error" on the audience was most visible when Blixa
was trying to tell his stories, he didn't get the space, the peace and
quiet, the respect, that storytelling requires, which is such a pity
and very sad, because I like when Blixa is telling stories a lot!
This time I think I got all the professors right:
Rudi Moser: Freiburg
Andrew Unruh: Brooklyn, NY
Ash Wednesday: Melbourne
Jochen Arbeit: Oldenburg
Alex Hacke: East Berlin
Silence is Sexy
Haus der Lüge
Rampe ("but every day, what ever you do, surrender...")
Die Befindlichkeit des Landes
Der Schacht von Babel