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Ralf Wadephul

Ralf Wadephul

Ralf Wadephul


In 1988 I was studying at the “Hochschule der Künste” Berlin, where I met Edgar. Weeks later he gave me a call because he was looking for a keyboard player - a replacement for a guy who departed from the band. Couple of days later we saw each other again in Edgar's studio. We did listen to quite a few tapes of my playing. It was kind of an audition I had to go through. After about one hour I had the job for being the third keyboard player on their forthcoming North American tour. Read more on Last.fm
In 1988 I was studying at the “Hochschule der Künste” Berlin, where I met Edgar. Weeks later he gave me a call because he was looking for a keyboard player - a replacement for a guy who departed from the band. Couple of days later we saw each other again in Edgar's studio. We did listen to quite a few tapes of my playing.

It was kind of an audition I had to go through. After about one hour I had the job for being the third keyboard player on their forthcoming North American tour. In the 70’s and 80’s I saw a couple of shows of TD (unforgettable the event at the “Berlin Reichstag” with an audience of nearly 500.000 people!), unbelievable to be a part of this legend in synthesizer music. We started practicing in a studio near Vienna the band regulary used for setting things up for touring.

It was a very professional athmosphere and a hard time of working through their massive body of song material they wanted to use for this tour. Why did Edgar call me in the first place? I still really don’t know, but I think he was interested in the way I used to play synthesizers and could understand the way the band wanted to sound like. Also my unusual fast understanding of what's needed to make things work on stage did attract him. We did the tour and also a few productions later in 1988 - 90.

Unfortunately I had to quit the job – one of the reasons was the birth of my son Julian. It’s nearly impossible to travel round the world making music (and, believe me, TD are real workaholics!) and to care for a baby. Sorry! After finishing my studies I work as a freelanced sound engineer. My main focus is the final mix of the German dubbing versions of movies for cinema or TV.

Some examples? THE MAKING OF "BLUE DAWN" After many years I got a call from Edgar asking if I would be interested in collaborating again on a studio project regarding unfinished scetches from off days during the 1988 US tour. I guess he had already in mind to release the material under specific circumstances. But how could it work? After the split I continued working for years in the same field of music. So I started digging into my library of various work in order to find some 88 stuff.

After weeks I found these tapes on one of my hard disk. The result sounded very much ´tourlike´ so I had to give it quite a bit of polish treatments as well as adding some newer sounds. But it wasn't too different from the old TD tracks back then. At the same time Edgar did the same to some of his older ´tourlike´ material.

One of TD’s technicians knew a way of cleaning up the stuff with some special technical treatments - thanks Christian! So we met in Vienna in 2005 to check all the material - and what a surprise, most of the music did merge together so smoothly, that it didn´t take more than two weeks to complete the record. And it was there - the phatt and powerful old analogue sound! But before finishing work, we had to make the decision: leaving the tracks as they are or adding something? Should we change sounds? Should the stuff being remixed? Would it violate the composition if we change it ? Finally we´ve felt that the old versions were uncompleted and so we decided to give the music some of these extra colours which definitely would bring it up to a better level. We just wanted to do it right! After all these years, I still love “sungate” and Edgar's guitar. So I asked him to play guitar on some of my tracks and I think it was a good idea! And, of course there has been much more ´scetchy´ stuff from that tour which couldn't be released on ´Blue Dawn´ - so we will consider working on it if our both schedule will allow it. Taken from Ralf Wadephul`s Homepage Read more on Last.fm.

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