Ash Ra Tempel, Manuel Göttsching ‎– Inventions For Electric Guitar

Kosmische Musik ‎– KM 58.015
Vinyl, LP, Quadraphonic, Album


A1 Echo Waves 17:45
A2 Quasarsphere 6:34
B Pluralis 21:36

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Recorded July-August 74 in Studio Roma (Berlin). Quadro-Mixing at Dierks Studios (Cologne).

A Product of The Cosmic Couriers. Ohr Musik Produktion.
Made in Germany.

P. 1975

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etching side A): KM 58.015 (0664.729 S.1) SST 1 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etching side B): KM 58.015 (0664.729 S.2) SST 1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label caption side A): 0664.729 S 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Label caption side B): 0664.729 S 2
  • Rights Society: GEMA


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September 21, 2016
Originally released in 1975. Remastered by Manuel Göttsching. Recorded July-August 1974, Inventions for Electric Guitar is Manuel Göttsching's first solo album, however it was released with the subtitle Ash Ra Temple VI technically making it the sixth and final album under the Ash Ra Temple name. Written and performed entirely by Göttsching on electric guitar, with a four-track TEAC A3340, Revox A77 for echoes, wah-wah pedal, volume pedal, Schaller Rotosound, and Hawaiian steel bar. A seminal minimalist album it's all done by multi-tracked delayed guitar with absolutely no outside help. "but Göttsching's use of echo, delay, and assorted treatments give these pieces the flavor of sequenced synthesizer music, occasionally reminiscent of Tangerine Dream's work from the period. The opening "Echo Waves" is a trance-inducing space guitar masterpiece, with repeating rhythm figures and gradual phase shifts creating a warped sense of time. The first 14 minutes of the track consist of short, subtly changing melodic phrases, until Göttsching questionably chooses to close with a searing, acid-fried guitar solo. "Quasarsphere" is much more contemplative, with Göttsching processing his guitar to sound like a synthesizer in the vein of Robert Fripp. The closing "Pluralis" consists of endless variations constructed around a simple guitar sequence; it possesses a structure similar to "Echo Waves" (down to the late-breaking blast of psychedelic soloing) with a bit more space and a slower tempo. In some respects a precursor to the groundbreaking proto-techno of E2-E4, Inventions for Electric Guitar is an essential document for space rock enthusiasts.


April 25, 2016
edited 11 months ago
This is essentially a Manuel Gottsching solo album as he really gets help from no one else, but this was also billed as an Ash Ra Tempel album. Perhaps he wasn't sure if he could still legally use the Ash Ra Tempel name or not. This is truly the ultimate solo album, as it's all done by multi-tracked delayed guitar with absolutely no outside help. I have wondered if Steve Hillage got a hold of this album, since he used that very same approach on his 1978 album Green on "Ether Ships". It also happened that Nick Mason from Pink Floyd produced that album, so that same guitar effect was used on The Wall like on "Another Brick in the Will Part 1" and "Run Like Hell". Ozric Tentacles later used the effect occasionally, like on "Dissolution" from Pungent Effugent and on several of their early cassette releases like on Tantric Obstacles. But you go all the way to Inventions for Electric Guitar where that Pink Floyd's The Wall guitar effect had its origins. What you get here is Berlin School electronic music, all done exclusively on guitar, but you might think synthesizers were actually being used but not one synth or any other instrument. "Echo Waves" is that perfect example of that Pink Floyd and Steve Hillage guitar effect, really high paced rhythms, to think this was not done by synths and sequencers is truly amazing. It can be done other ways! That effect was caused by tape delay. "Quasarsphere" is an ambient piece, reminds me of the ambient parts of "Traummaschine" from Ash Ra Tempel's debut, as well as a lot of Klaus Schulze's work. "Pluralis" is more of a mid tempo number. Parts of this sound like a Mellotron was used, but it seemed he was just doing tricks to make his guitar sound like one. Who could have imagined an album using exclusively guitar can end up like this? It's just simply amazing stuff, and obviously an album required in your collection.


July 26, 2015
edited about 1 year ago

I think this is the best work of Manuel IMO. True masterpiece. You can listen to this for months without listening to anything else (I just did).


June 30, 2015

Sings the cybernetic soul! Progressive electronic noodlings for all-eternity!


October 19, 2013
Manuel Göttsching is a time traveller, this album is proof of that.