With a career built on decades of pushing -- and sometimes breaking -- the boundaries of punk, electronic, and industrial music, Beate Bartel is one of Germany's most dynamic and enduring experimental artists. Born in West Berlin, Bartel worked as a sound engineer for the city's public broadcasting service, Sender Freies Berlin, before forming the all-female punk band Mania D in 1979 with Karin Luner, Eva Gössling, Bettina Köster, and Gudrun Gut. She was also a founding member of Einstürzende Neubauten, and played bass at the group's first show in 1980. When Luner and Gössling settled in America, the remaining members of Mania D splintered: in 1981, Gut and Köster formed Malaria!, while Bartel collaborated with former Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft member Chrislo Haas. The duo released a series of limited C-10 cassettes as CHBB ...
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