Notorious reflexes

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Notorious reflexes
General information
Genre (s) New Wave , New German Wave
founding 1982
resolution 1986
Founding members
Christoph Doering
Knut Hoffmeister
Sascha von Oertzen
Ghazi twist
Yana Yo
former members
Ralf Buron
Tom Averbeck
Jack T Garden

Notorische Reflexe was an experimental band from the Neue Deutsche Welle and film performance group from Berlin that existed between 1982 and 1986 . Their stage shows were characterized by a rich use of multimedia elements, especially Super 8 films, slides and large screen projections. In addition to normal singing, the group often used sampled voices, for example in their most famous piece, the "Brezhnev Rap" from 1983, in which the former Soviet head of state Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev speaks. The notorious reflexes came from the environment of other avant-garde New Wave groups of the time such as Die Tödliche Doris , Einstürzende Neubauten or Malaria! . Their music can be found not only in the films they have made, but also in dance performances.


  • 1983: Brezhnev Rap (7 ", International 1001)
  • 1986: Notorious Reflexes (LP, Rebel Records RE 0020 / SPV 08-1450)


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Individual evidence

  1. At the 14th International Forum of Young Films as part of the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984, the Notorious Reflexes projected their 23-minute “Fragment / Video '83” onto the Berlin Wall on the site of the former Potsdam train station. See Arsenal's catalog facsimile for the film , pdf
  2. Communication design University of Wuppertal  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 4.5 MB): “A unique performance by the group› Notorische Reflexe ‹took place on two evenings in 1986 in Berlin's Westhafen. A canvas was stretched between two harbor cranes, both as a projection background and as a huge canvas to be painted. The horizontal forces could be minimized by the hanging main suspension cable. A continuous plastic rope in a zigzag shape introduced the forces of the canvas attached to the lower edge evenly into the main rope and thus enabled the horizontal non-sagging alignment of the textile sheet. "@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  3. The Dance - Perron and Chuma at Jacob's Pillow , with a "rap" of notorious reflexes. New York Times , July 13, 1987