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Conny Plank: The Potential of Noise

Reto Caduff, Stephan Plank

Konrad ‘Conny’ Plank is undoubtedly one of the most innovative sound designers of his time. The recordings realised in his sound studio near Cologne between the 60s and 80s revolutionised the music world.

"...an unusually intimate and emotional insight to the artists and their work..."

Plank was the pioneer of ‘Krautrock’, ‘Neue Deutsche Welle’ and paved the way for the revolutions of electronic and pop music respectively. The sound wizard worked with numerous bands and artists whose careers would have been very different without his talents: David A. Stewart (Eurythmics), Annette Humpe, Michael Rother (Neu!), Les Rita Mitsoukou, Daniel Miller (Founder of Mute Records), Whodini, Scorpions, Midge Ure (Ultravox), Karl Hyde (Underworld), DAF and Gianna Nannini to name just a few.

This is a story that begins 25 years on, with Stephan Plank embarking on a journey to rediscover his father’s impact and his importance in music history. Because of the family connection, this film brings an unusually intimate and emotional insight to the artists and their work with Conny Plank, and all that defines music production.

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Fokus: Films from Germany is a partnership between Goethe-Institut (Glasgow) and Filmhouse (Edinburgh). The full Scottish programme can be found here.