melody tonstudio stuttgart - flyer

melody tonstudio - hohenloherstraße 96

Me at the Soundcraft 2400 series console (1-3). Peter Wölpl, Dieter Falk and Tommy Simmerl (4). Jaco and me (5+6). Abe Laboriel, Alex Acuña and Dieter Falk (7). Dieter Falk and Hadley Hockensmith (8). Me, the Pirate of the Caribbean (9).





Reminiscence from "melody tonstudio", my studio from 1984 to 1988


Telefunken M10 tape recorder.


 I had two of those, one with record and play amplifiers V86 / V87 with tubes (sound was excellent, did my master tapes with them) and one with solid state technology V396 / V397 (which were available with selen transistors since 1963), for the safety copy. The haptic experience, to touch a tape, mount it, to actually feel and splice it still is a very familiar feeling).


Watch the tape counter at the right tape roller - which I think is a mechanical masterpiece for that period.


Assuming we still had engineers and fine mechanical workshops to make constructions like that and had deciders (!!!) to set priorities in leading positions, I´m sure, we would have had no problems with "BER", the new Berlin airport, completion of "Elbphilharmonie" and last but not least "Stuttgart 21" (I couldn´t  resist to whine about a system of contradictory rules and the arrogance of politicians - as well as Everyman - meddling with details they know nothing about).


In commemoration: Tape counters in minutes and seconds (not spins, cm or inch) only came to international use with the upcoming electronic displays.


studio westend - augustenstraße 75

Our studio (Harald Schäuffelen and me) from 1980 to 1984, recording "Flair".



Quarteto Meginheim auf dem Michaelsberg

Das Quartett bei der Probe


The string quartet had a concert on September 30th 2013 -  Michaelis - at the chapel of Michael on "Michaelsberg" near Cleebronn. Guest soloist was  Helene Godefroy on the viola da gamba. She performed a solo piece by Abel and a cello suite by Telemann, accompanied by the quartet.


The quartet (Hans Rückauer and Theophil Stetter (+), violin, Manfred Deppe, viola and Renate von Lamezan, violoncello) played a string quartet by Johan Nepomuk Hummel and the Eb major string quartet op. 12 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.


We recorded the concert with a few takes during the sound check as alternative material.


Berthold Jüngst did the recordings. His recording van  was located beside the church. The picture of us (without Helen) is by his courtesy as well.


a live recording of the Patrozinium 2013
The CD is now available

Long gone and worth seeing ...

Zyan Zwo - festival Höxter 1972

Zyan Zwo - Festival Höxter 1971
Zyan Zwo - Festival Höxter 1971


In the beginning of the seventies I played in a progressive rock band based in Detmold named "Zyan Zwo" - cast: Uli Herfurth, sax, cl / Manfred Deppe, git, viola / Christian Kuhnke, git, bass / Rolf Sander, drums. All the titles of our programme had a verbal connection to "hammer". One was "Hammerfest" (a Norwegian town), one was "Hammerhart" (hard as a hammer), one was ”Hammarskjöld”" (remember the UNO Secretary General) and so on.


In summer 1972 we had the opportunity to play a festival in a stone quarry near Höxter. On the scene as well: Alexis Korner, Arthur Brown, Golden Earrings and German upcoming band "The Scorpions", who also provided the PA.


My fellow student Steffen Seithel packed some mobile equipment from the "Tonmeister Institut Detmold", our audio school. That was analogue equipment, of course, and mainly tube mics and tube preamps. The recordings are contemporary witnesses of that time.


Later on it started to rain, feel for Steffen with his gear ...



Jack Bone Group, Herford, 1973

Having met my old friend  Marlon Klein on the occasion of a show with his band "Dissidenten" at the Jazz Open Stuttgart (see picture above), it seems logical to feature the optical and acoustical memories of "Jack Bone Group" (see pictures below), the band of his elder brother Hans-Peter. We were  the rhythm section of this formation. In Herford we had a rehearsal room wall to wall to "Missus Beastley". Two titles were recorded at the "Tonmeisterinstitut Detmold" and you’ll find them further below in "Things worth hearing", one is "Hot Rubber", originally composed by Uli Herfurth of "Zyan Zwo", arranged by me, and the more environmentally inspired "Leichenwagen Erde" by Hans-Peter.



Marlon once teased us, that brothers Klein lifted their arms to show the "venceremos" fist (Marlon the arm at the heart side, Hans-Peter the opposite), while Wolfgang Nickel put his hands on his hips, but I was hiding my hand behind my head - hahaha.


"Blaetter des Bielefelder Jugendkulturringes" wrote in nr. 271 of okt. 73:



<From well reputed KRAAN to still unknown JACK BONE GROUP. Still rehearsing in Herford based youth center DAS HAUS: Wolfgang Nickel, played organ with MISSUS BEASTLY, Peter Klein of "Jack Bone Blues", Manfred Deppe of "Hybris" and Peter´s younger brother Marlon. They present German lyrics, this for example:>


(sorry, translation is hard to do, even though it doesn’t rhyme)


That´s what "Blaetter des Bielefelder Kulturrings" said, sounds a bit high brow today. - Anything not serving reeducation to better mankind isn´t worth existing - . At least a few nice words about the music ... Any difference to today? ...


studio westend - augustenstraße 75 - OUTCAST-Reunion


Founded back in 1965, the last cast of this band featured Tilman Jäger, voc / Hans-Christian "Hansel" Ketscher, keyboards / Manfred "Manni" Deppe, guitar / Klaus Peter Ludwig, bass and Martin "Tiny" Baufeldt, drums.


In 1983 we reunited to make music again. We were lacking practice, but it was fun anyhow.


Long gone and worth hearing ...

Music recorded during the 80ies in "studio westend" with TEAC 8-track (and anytime, anywhere else)

Zyan Zwo , festival 1971 at a stone quarry near Höxter


Jack Bone Group, at the studio of "Tonmeister Institut" Detmold 1973