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136 / Producers Series #12 / Conny Plank

Right I am going to get many of my facts from Wikipedia on this one so any complaints on facts and them being incorrect we can blame the crowd sourced world of the internet. Konrad “Conny” Plank (frequently spelled Planck) was born on May 3, 1940. Born in Hütschenhausen, he was heavily involved in defining the krautrock sound and worked with bands such as Kraftwerk, Neu!, Cluster, Harmonia, Ash Ra Tempel, Holger Czukay (Can), and Guru Guru.

Plank began his career as soundman for Marlene Dietrich and was an ardent believer in the possibilities of electronic music. He was also a master of creating electronic soundscapes and was adept at blending them with conventional or natural sounds, or in some cases industrial objects used as percussion instruments.

He was one of the first European producers to fully exploit the possibilities of using multi-track recording facilities to create dramatic production effects and treatments that acted as musical and rhetorical elements in their own right. Plank used radical combinations of echo, reverberation and other electronic, mixing, equalisation, editing and tape-based effects and was influenced by the work of Jamaican pioneers like Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. It is said that he has been a key influence on producers and artists such as Brian Eno, David Bowie and John Lydon.

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