Electronic Sound 53

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Issue 53 + Vinyl Print magazine and vinyl single 210 x 280 mm / 100 page / soft touch cover This month’s lead feature focuses on the vibrant underground music scene of 1980s Berlin, beginning with David Bowie‘s ‘Lodger’ album, the final part of his Berlin Trilogy, and ending with the fall of the Berlin Wall in the last days of the decade. It’s the story of a city on the edge, a place where the music fused electronics, post-punk angst and industrial power drills, where most of the artists were drugged up way beyond their eyeballs, and where everybody lived in fear that the Cold War was going to turn nuclear red hot at any moment. Our witness accounts come from Mania D and Malaria! legend Gudrun Gut, Einstürzende Neubauten man Alexander Hacke, The Birthday Party‘s Mick Harvey and Crime & The City Solution‘s Simon Bonney, as well as Berlin ace face Mark Reeder – manager, promoter, producer and uniform fetishist – whose antics attracted the attention of the East German secret police. We’ve got tons of other great stuff elsewhere in the issue, including a piece on ‘STUMM 433’, a fantastic boxset of interpretations of John Cage’s ‘4’ 33″‘ on Mute, as well as interviews with Erland Cooper, Telex, Popul Vuh, Howard Jones, Ela Orleans, Leafcutter John, Barrie and Jan St Werner from Mouse On Mars. Plus, of course, our columnists Jack Dangers, Kris Needs, Fat Roland and Synthesiser Dave, and a right royal feast of new album reviews. Be sure you don’t miss out! Electronic Sound covers electronic music and culture with a side order of art and technology. In-depth coverage of the contemporary scene, the pioneers, the machines, and the current thinking of the electronic music world. With great writing, beautiful design and photography, Electronic Sound is the perfect magazine for plugged in people everywhere.