Collapsing new buildings

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Collapsing new buildings
Collapsing new buildings 2017 in Paradiso, Amsterdam
Collapsing new buildings 2017 in Paradiso, Amsterdam
General information
origin West Berlin , Germany
Genre (s) Industrial , experimental , dark ambient , post-industrial , noise
founding 1980
Founding members
Blixa cash
NU balance
Gudrun Gut (1980)
Beate Bartel (1980)
Current occupation
Blixa cash
NU balance
Alexander Hacke (since 1980, until 1995 guitar)
Jochen Arbeit (since 1997)
Rudolf Moser (since 1997)
Felix Gebhard (since 2014, live)
former members
FM unit (1981-1995)
Mark Chung (1981-1994)
Bass, keyboard
Roland Wolf † (1995)
Ash Wednesday (1997-2013)

Einstürzende Neubauten is a German band that pursues an experimental style of music. The Berlin band was founded in 1980 by Blixa Bargeld , NU Unruh , Gudrun Gut and Beate Bartel ; the latter two played with Mania D since May 1979 . The occupation fluctuated initially and consolidated in 1981 personnel to cash balance, which from the Hamburg band down -added FM unit and Mark Chung and the 15-year-old Berlin Underground -Star Alexander Hacke alias Alexander von Borsig.


Blixa Cash 2007

Founded on April 1, 1980, Einstürzende Neubauten came about by chance. Blixa Bargeld was asked if he would like to play in the Berlin Moon Club , whereupon he said he “just called a few friends”. This concert and the first recordings of the band were played with normal instruments. A financial emergency brought Andrew Unruh to have to sell his drums, whereupon the band mostly used a set of junk and everyday objects with which they staged an apocalyptic view of the world. In 1982, the band and the group Die Tödliche Doris conceived the performance How to make a record out of a yellow tub / water music and performed it together in the Berlin bar “Risk”. In 1983 the Einstürzende Neubauten appeared in the Golden Hall of the Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg. Blixa Bargeld described this concert in the Nazi building, which is the only one to date, as an “exorcism” with which the band wanted to “bring a different presence into these supposedly holy halls, a presence that reflects the totalitarian ideas with which the location is connected, confronts. "

Stylistically, the band was always difficult to assign. While the boundaries between music and noise were explored in the early days, the works are later mostly more melodic , if no less abstract and epic . In their early years, Depeche Mode were strongly influenced by the sound of the new buildings when they were recording in the Berlin Hansa recording studios .

The band's name was chosen before the roof of Berlin's congress hall collapsed. The collapse of this German-American symbol in 1980 suddenly gave the name a contemporary dimension.

After initial successes in the mid-1980s, the group increasingly moved away from the punk and post-industrial movement and increasingly took part in theater and radio play projects, for example with Peter Zadek in 1986 in the Hamburger Schauspielhaus and in 1987 in Heiner Müller's radio play production of Fatzer fragments by Bertolt Brecht for the radio of the GDR , 1990 for the Hamlet machine (also Heiner Müller) and 1994 for Faust by Werner Schwab and 2000 at the Schauspielhaus Bochum with John Gabriel Borgman by Henrik Ibsen , directed by Leander Haußmann .

In 1986 the Japanese director Sōgo Ishii made the film 1/2 man about Einstürzende Neubauten, which was released again on DVD in 2005 .

On May 16, 1992, Einstürzende Neubauten was the focus of Erich Wonder's Das Auge des Taifun campaign on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna . Here they drove slowly in a glass and steel construction with a husky team, surrounded by artificial snow , along Vienna's Ringstrasse, filling Vienna at night with avant-garde sounds.

With the album Tabula Rasa finally left the post-industrial environment, the music became much quieter, but remained abstract.

In 1996, the last joint record was released with FM unit of the band during the recording end new left (Mark Chung had already left the new buildings in 1994 to intensified its music publishing Freibank to devote). FM Einheit fell out with front man Blixa Bargeld and no longer agreed with the set goals of the band. The two did not exchange a word afterwards, and Cash was only informed of the exit from the band by third parties. Chung, however, continued to follow his professional plans and maintains contact with the band as the music publisher of the Einstürzende Neubauten to this day.

For the 1997 tour, the line-up was expanded to include guitarist Jochen Arbeit , who previously played with Die Haut , and percussionist Rudolf Moser, while Alexander Hacke switched to bass . This line-up has remained unchanged since then and is also supplemented by Ash Wednesday on the keyboards at concerts .

New buildings collapsing in 2000 in Karlsruhe

With the album Silence Is Sexy , which was released in 2000, the remaining members tried to build on their earlier successes. A video was even made for the play Sabrina (as was previously the case for Stella Maris , Blume and Die Interimsliebenden ).

2004 appeared with Perpetuum mobile a public version of the first supporter album with Mute Records , which was extensively toured. The album is just as calm as Silence Is Sexy , but shows an increased willingness to experiment and material testing. Musically, the band moves here within the framework of what can be done with air, so the working title of the work was for a long time Air Change .

In 2005, for the 25th anniversary, the band toured North America and Europe again. In addition, the official biography was published, Only what is not is possible (English title: No Beauty Without Danger ). Blixa Bargeld claims to be working on his personal biography.

In 2009 the documentary Elektrokohle (Von Wegen) by Uli M Schueppel about the first concert of Einstürzende Neubauten in the culture house of VEB Elektrokohle Lichtenberg in East Berlin was released. As early as 1989, Schueppel combined footage he had shot with current scenes. The concert at that time was co-initiated by the writer Heiner Müller , who also gave a speech and, in addition to the French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, also brought other members of the French ministerial delegation backstage and was shown worldwide at events on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Supporter's Project - Phase I – III

In 2002, Einstürzende Neubauten began work on a new album without the backing of a record company, as the label Mute was sold to EMI. EMI did not continue the contract. For the new record, the band relied instead on a kind of street artist scheme with their internet project . Over 2000 fans (also known as supporters ) signed up on their website and supported the production of the new album by transferring $ 35 each. Instead, there was later the CD Supporter's Album # 1 for each supporter . In addition, they had the opportunity to watch the band rehearsing via the internet and to send questions and suggestions to the band directly via chat.

Phase II of the Supporter's Project started at the end of 2003 and was completed in September 2005. This time there was no publicly available album. The result of this phase was titled plot and thus caused some confusion, as there was already a song on perpetuum mobile with the same name. The CD also contained a new recording of the Neun Arme , originally released in 1983, in a medley with the new song Die Nacht .

Phase III was launched on February 10, 2006 after a six-month supporter project break. The plan was to produce a CD and DVD again; an exclusive album for the supporters, which represents the luxury version of the public album in self-distribution, as well as four additional songs, i.e. approx. 19 minutes of additional playing time.

A jewel , a freshly recorded track, was also available for download every month . These 15 pieces resulted in an additional album, which was released publicly in 2008 under the name Jewels.

In 2006 Danielle de Picciotto , wife of Alexander Hacke, published the DVD Einstürzende Neubauten-on Tour with , in which international supporters from describe the project in detailed interviews.

On October 19, 2007, the public album Alles was published again openly , which is a shorter version of the album for supporters with a length of 53 minutes and a slightly different artwork. The exact track list, playing time and information as well as an audio sample of the song Weil weil weil can be found on the specially created site .

Model house project

Collapsing new buildings at a concert in Ludwigshafen (2015)

The model house project was also launched in 2005 . For a contribution of 100 euros, fans can receive four new CD's per year with experimental pieces. This project is independent of the Supporter's Project . The first issue was released in spring 2005 and was titled Anarchitektur (the CD only contains a 45-minute ambient track), the second issue is titled Incredible Noise and was released in late summer. Part three followed in December, Solo Bassfeder - a concept album devoted exclusively to Andrew Chudy's (NU Unruh) Bassfeder and the various methods of using it.

At the beginning of March 2006 the fourth CD of the model house series was released. Based on recordings of a live performance by the Redux Orchestra and members of Einstürzende Neubauten in Berlin, four of the seven pieces played were reworked and published. You can hear very long versions of No Beauty Without Danger , Wueste , Installation No.1 and Negative No , which come from older albums from 1981 to 1996, in a purely orchestral arrangement.

The fifth part of the series, called Cassettes , was released in May, presenting old and new tapes in a performative context . In addition to answering machine texts (including requests for guest list entry at concerts), you can also hear ambience recordings from West Berlin from the early 1980s in crystal clear, modern production.

Projects since 2013

The Flemish city of Diksmuide commissioned Einstürzende Neubauten to work on Lament as part of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War . Lament does not see Einstürzende Neubauten as a pure studio album, but as a documentation of the history of the city of Diksmuide. The work was premiered there on November 8, 2014 and presented on a tour.

Ten days after the opening of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg , on January 21, 2017, Einstürzende Neubauten performed as part of the opening festival with the tour program Greatest Hits . The 2017 kick-off of the tour of the same name - comprising 14 concerts in several countries - the band completed three days earlier in the Osnabrück Hall in front of 1700 visitors.

In the run-up to the 2017 tour kick-off, Tom Bullmann, author of the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, interviewed Neubauten bassist Alexander Hacke. When asked whether the band had applied for a performance in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Hacke said:

“We were asked quite normally. I think someone in the house has a good dose of humor, because after all the bankruptcies, bad luck and mishaps that happened there in connection with the Elbphilharmonie, to invite a band into the newly opened building called 'Einstürzende Neubauten', I think it's a very ironic decision. "

- Alexander Hacke, Einstürzende Neubauten

Supporter's Project - Phase IV

With a first webcast on May 9, 2019, Einstürzende Neubauten started the fourth phase of the Supporter's Project with the aim of releasing an album for the band's 40th anniversary in 2020. Unlike in the previous phases, an existing platform for crowdfunding was used with Patreon . On May 15, 2020 the album Alles in Allen was released.


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Tabula rasa
  DE 38 02/15/1993 (10 weeks)
end New
  DE 55 09/02/1996 (5 weeks)
Silence is sexy
  DE 28 04/17/2000 (6 weeks)
Perpetual motion machine
  DE 52 02/23/2004 (3 weeks)
Everything open again
  DE 70 11/02/2007 (1 week)
  DE 50 11/21/2014 (1 week)
All in all
  DE 7th 05/22/2020 (4 weeks)
  AT 19th 05/29/2020 (1 week)
  CH 22nd 05/24/2020 (1 week)


  • Moon, April 1st (recording of the first official live performance at Club "Moon", 1980, iron gray )
  • Steel Music (Live 1980, Eisengrau )
  • Collapse (1981, Zigzack Records : ZZ 65)
  • Stahldubversionen (1982, music cassette; released in 2002 together with Kollaps )
  • Drawings of the patient OT (1983)
  • 2x4 (live) (1984)
  • ½ human (1985)
  • Five on the open-top Richter scale (1987)
  • House of Lies (1989)
  • The Hamlet Machine (1991)
  • Tabula rasa (1993, Mute Records : BETON 106)
  • Faust Music (1996)
  • Late new (1996, Mute Records: BETON 504)
  • Silence Is Sexy (2000)
  • PI- Gemini (live 2CD download) (2003)
  • PI- Supporters Album # 1 (2003)
  • Perpetuum mobile (2004)
  • M1- anarchitecture (2005)
  • M2- Incredible Noise (2005)
  • PII Plot (Supporters Album # 2, 2005)
  • M3- Solo bass spring (2005)
  • M4- Redux Orchestra vs. Einstürzende new buildings (2006)
  • M5 cassettes (2006)
  • M6- piano music (2006)
  • M7 Voices Remnants (2006)
  • M8- Wine Spirits (2007)
  • PIII- Jewels (2006–2007, published regularly on CD in 2008)
  • PIII- Everything Open Again - Supporter Edition (Supporters Album # 3, 2007)
  • Everything is open again (published October 19, 2007)
    • PI - only for participants in the Phase I Supporters Project
    • PII - only for participants in the Phase II Supporters Project
    • PIII - only for participants in the Phase III Supporters Project
    • M1-8 - only for participants in the model house project
  • The Jewels (2008)
  • End New (Remastered + Enhanced) (2009)
  • Silence Is Sexy (Remastered, 2011)
  • Lament (2014)
  • Plot (2018, with DVD)
  • All in all (2020)

Singles, EPs

  • For Downfall (1980, Monogamous : 005)
  • Cold Stars (1981, Zigzack Records : ZZ 40)
  • Thirsty Animal , (Einstürzende Neubauten & Lydia Lunch ), 1982
  • Thirsty Beast (1983)
  • Yü-Gung (1985)
  • The Scraping (1985)
  • Feurio (1989)
  • Interim (1993, Mute Records: BETON 205)
  • Malediction (1993, Mute Records: BETON 206)
  • Stella Maris (1996)
  • NNNAAAMMM (Remix by Darkus) (1997, Mute Records: BETON 601)
  • Total Eclipse of the Sun (1999)
  • PII - Airplaine Miniatures (Download EP, 2003)
  • Perpetuum mobile (download single, 2004, Mute Records: STUMM 221)
  • Because because because (download single + limited CD, 2007)
  • PIV - Schlaf (download single & limited 7 "vinyl single, 2019)
  • * PII = only for participants in the Phase II Supporter's Project
    • PIV = only for participants in the Phase IV Supporter's Project

Compilations, miscellaneous

  • Strategies Against Architectures (1984, Mute Records: STUMM 14)
  • 2 × 4 (live) (1984)
  • The Hamlet Machine (1991)
  • Strategies against Architecture II (1991, Mute Records: CD STUMM 201)
  • Faust Music (1996)
  • End of new remixes (1997)
  • Steel Dubversions Blue & Red (2000)
    • 2 limited CD re-releases (500 each) for sale for the Silence-is-Sexy-Tour
  • Berlin Babylon (2001)
  • Strategies Against Architecture III 1991-2001 (2001)
  • 9-15-2000 Brussels (live) (2003)
  • PI Supporters only sampler (download album, 2003)
  • PI- Gemini (live) (download album, 2003)
  • Live CDs of all performances on the Perpetuum Mobile Tour (2004)
  • Cold Stars - early recordings (2004)
  • Live CDs from three concerts of the Grundstück-Tour (2004)
  • Single "A rare bird" in CSI: On the trail of the perpetrators . Season 4, Episode 18 Bad to the Bone (2004)
  • Live CDs from all performances on the 25th Anniversary Tour (2005)
  • Everything that is useful (live, bootleg compilation) (2006)
    • PI- only for participants in the Phase I Supporters Project
  • Strategies Against Architecture IV (2010, Mute Records: STUMM 325)
  • Greatest Hits (2016, Potomak)

Video albums

  • Half a man (2005)
  • PII- Supporter's DVD # 1 - Plot (2005)
  • Love Songs (2005)
  • Soul Burns / Nihil (2005)
  • Blixa Bargeld - Rede / Speech (2006)
  • Einstürzende Neubauten - On Tour with (2006)
  • Palast der Republik (2006, concert on November 4, 2004 in the Palast der Republik )
  • PIII- 3 Jewels (2007)
    • PII- only for participants of the Phase II Supporters Project
    • PIII- only for participants in the Phase III Supporters Project
  • Einstürzende Neubauten - Live at Rockpalast 1990 (2012)



  • Klaus Maeck: Listen with Pain / Listen with Pain . EME, Bonn 1989. ISBN 3-88030-028-3 .
  • Klaus Maeck: Listen with Pain / Listen with Pain . Die Gestalten Verlag , Berlin 1996. ISBN 3-931126-09-9 .
  • M. Bullynck and I. Goerlandt: The Semiotics of Einstürzende Neubauten's 'X' . In: Philament 7 (2005), pp. 1-8. [1] (PDF; 245 kB)
  • A. Spencer: Einstürzende Neubauten and Heiner Müller: "Kopfarbeit" or The Theater in Your Head . In: Amsterdam Contributions to Newer German Studies 48 (2000), pp. 203–222.
  • Kirsten Borchardt: Collapsing new buildings . Hannibal-Verlag, Höfen 2003, ISBN 978-3-85445-216-4 .
  • Max Dax, Robert Defcon: Only what is not is possible . Official biography of the band, published on the 25th anniversary. Only available through, limited to 500 pieces. 2005.
  • Max Dax, Robert Defcon: No beauty without danger . (English version of Only what is not is possible ). 2005.
  • Max Dax, Robert Defcon: Only what is not is possible - The history of the Einstürzende Neubauten , Bosworth Music, Berlin 2006, ISBN 978-3-86543-287-2 .

Web links

Commons : Einstürzende Neubauten  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Alfred Hilsberg: Girls, Girls, Girls (Interview) In: Sounds 11/79 p. 46, Hamburg 1979
  2. A's * A’s , In: Bowery Artist Tribute NEW MUSEUM, Editor Ethan Swan, New York 2010
  3. Manfred Prescher : We are making progress. The history of German-speaking pop music . Darmstadt 2018, p. 183f.
  4. ^ Report on the 30th anniversary of the collapse of the roof of the congress hall
  5. Website for the associated film
  6. Arte documentary "Blixa Bargeld - My Life" (2008)
  7. ^ Website of the Freibank Musikverlag
  8. Interview with Blixa Bargeld about the appearance of Perpetuum Mobile
  9. Interview with Blixa Bargeld in the time of Arne Storn, April 20, 2011
  10. No longer brutally loud ] January 5, 2017, accessed on 19. January 2017
  11. Einstürzende Neubauten - All in all . On Accessed: May 22, 2020.
  12. Chart sources: Germany Austria Switzerland
  13. a b The Eisengrau label in the Internet encyclopedia