Invisible Jukebox: A musical blind date with Gudrun Gut

Presented by The Wire magazine

The idea of the Invisible Jukebox is simple: a knowledgeable music journalist selects a series of tracks to play for an artist and asks them to spontaneously respond to what they’re hearing. The unscripted and often candid conversation that ensues can lead down all kinds of biographical, philosophical and musical paths.

At Loop this year we’ll be hosting two Invisible Jukebox sessions that will take place before a live audience and conducted by contributors from The Wire magazine. The track selection is made specifically to prompt insightful discussion of the respective music maker’s own work, influences, techniques and history.

Gudrun Gut has played a key role in defining Berlin’s cultural landscape over the past three decades, and is a founding member of seminal Berlin acts Mania D, Malaria! and Matador.

Having grown up in the northern German hinterlands, Gudrun Gut moved to Berlin in 1975 to study visual communication at the Hochschule der Künste, and soon became a prominent part of the “ingenious dilettantes“ scene. A member of Mania D (with Bettina Koester and Beate Bartel) and an early incarnation of Einstürzende Neubauten, she soon formed successful eighties all-female art rock band Malaria! with Bettina Koester. In the late eighties Gut was part of the three women band Matador and started to use a computer for her compositions, working on film scores, videos and radio plays. In 1991 she started an international mixed media/spoken word collaboration with Canadian Myra Davies. Two years later she founded the Oceanclub, a loose collective of likeminded souls with a unique approach to music.

More recently Gudrun has released the solo records "I put a record on" and "Wildlife", and has collaborated with AGF (Greie Gut Fraktion) and Irmler (Gut und Irmler). Founder and owner of two labels (Monika Enterprise and Moabit Musik) Gut is also a skilled audio engineer, programmer and record producer, and together with Thomas Fehlmann hosted and co-produced over 600 Oceanclub radio shows for Radio Eins in Berlin.