BEUYS + PISSOFF
CREAMCHEESE DÜSSELDORF 1968
500 cd copies – ROTOR0076 CD
Time : (40:00),
MUSIC, RECORDING, PRODUCTION: EBERHARD KRANEMANN
The experimental project PISSOFF was founded in the late 60s by multimedia-artist Eberhard
Kranemann and some friends who studied together at the Düsseldorf Academy Of Fine Arts. The
chaotic, loud and soundwise undisciplined band took part in various events at this location and
other places. Due to the intense fluctuation of band-members the performances by PISSOFF
were characterized by continously changing participants and variations of the involved
equipment: cello, violin, clarinet, tenor saxophone, flute, vocals, electric guitar, electric bass
guitar, organ and drums.
In 1968 PISSOFF performed together with JOSEPH BEUYS who was professor of sculpture at the
Art Academy at that time. During this incomparable audiovisual interaction Joseph Beuys staged
his HANDAKTION: in concentrated manner he moved his hands in front of his head while
listening and visually reacting to the very loud and abstract staccato-rhythms by PISSOFF. The
event was recorded by Eberhard Kranemann on a Telefunken mono-tape-recorder and remains
the only existing audio-material by PISSOFF until today. On that night Eberhard played cello,
clarinet and tenor saxophone while the other members added sounds by electric guitar, electric
bass and drums.
Earliest musical experimentations that can be defined as the origins of the band Kraftwerk
already started in 1967 by Eberhard Kranemann and Florian Schneider-Esleben. Sometimes
Kranemann invited Florian Schneider-Esleben to join PISSOFF.