At the end of his life, Pierre Schaeffer commented that his musical and sound experiments had attempted to go beyond 'do-re-mi'. This had a direct bearing on EinstÃ¼rzende Neubauten's musical philosophy and work, with the musicians always striving to extend the boundaries of music in sound, instrumentation and purpose. The group are one of the few examples of 'rock-based' artists who have been able to sustain a breadth and depth of work in a variety of media over a number of years while remaining experimental and open to development. Jennifer Shryane provides a much-needed analysis of the group's important place in popular/experimental music history. She illustrates their innovations with found- and self-constructed instrumentation, their Artaudian performance strategies and textual concerns, as well as their methods of independence. EinstÃ¼rzende Neubauten have also made a consistent and unique contribution to the development of the independent German Language Contemporary Music scene, which although often acknowledged as influential, is still rarely examined.
Jennifer Shryane completed her first degree in English and History at the University of Cardiff in 1968. She went on to gain the Post-graduate teaching qualification at Kings, University of London, focussing on Drama and Theatre and taught until 2005. She gained her MA in Performing Arts at Liverpool University and completed her PhD in 2009.
'... this book is an important contribution to the research of German popular music.' Popular Music