Boomkat Product Review:
Manuel Göttsching's first solo album, "Inventions for Electric Guitar" turned the axe into a weapon of meditation, shifting the future completely.
It might not be Göttsching's most important work (that would be the era-defining "E2-E4"), but there's no denying the importance of "Inventions for Electric Guitar". Using very little additional instrumentation, Göttsching decontextualized the guitar for a 1975 audience, synchronizing his performances using multitrack tape and recording single notes that he would repeat as if they were synthesizer hits. The result was an album that still sounds fascinating, and bridges the gap between Ash Ra Tempel's cosmic psychedelia and Göttsching's later meditations.
Listen carefully and you can hear the care Göttsching is putting into his exacting productions - between each overlayed note there are supplemental rhythms and winding pathways to follow. The shortest track 'Quasarsphere' stands out most prominently now, mostly because it's music that's often attempted and rarely bettered. With sustained guitar tones, Göttsching creates a mini symphony that harmonizes with Popol Vuh's flawless "Aguirre" soundtrack. So good.