Gibson, a company known internationally for its lineup of signature electric guitars including the Les Paul and SG, announced today that it had returned the Oberheim trademark to company founder and synth pioneer Tom Oberheim.
According to a statement issued by Gibson, the move was instigated after a chance meeting between Gibson president and CEO James ‘JC’ Curleigh and Oberheim at Winter NAMM.
“Of the many stories I have heard and decisions I have made since joining Gibson, this situation seemed simple,” said Curleigh. “Let’s do the right thing by putting the Oberheim brand back in the hands of its namesake founder Tom Oberheim.”
“After over thirty years of being without it, I am thrilled to once again be able to use the Oberheim trademark for my products,” said Tom Oberheim. “I am very grateful to the new leadership team of Gibson for making this possible.”
The Oberheim company first produced the OB-X in 1979, the OBXA in 1980-81, and the OB8 in 1983, as well as the Matrix 12, Matrix 6 and Matrix 1000 from the mid-1980s.
The OB-X was used on classic albums, ranging from Rush‘s Moving Pictures and Signals to Madonna‘s debut album. Prince, Harold Faltermeyer, Van Halenand Jean-Michel Jarre were also Oberheim enthusiasts.
Gibson is coming out of a tumultuous time. After surfacing from bankruptcy in 2018 the instrument company had a reported $200 million in debt. This month Gibson announced new creative collaboration agreements with boutique guitar makers as well as the opening of its new headquarters in Downtown Nashville.
Globetrotting Belgian techno star Charlotte de Witte, whose career has been soaring for the better part of the past two years, has announced the expansion of her KNTXT party/radio show to include a same-named record label. The first release on KNTXT is scheduled for September 2019.
According to a missive, the imprint’s mission is to stay true to the techno underground and “aims to be an inclusive home that values purity and strength.”
Obligatory press release gush from de Witte: “It’s been humbling and exciting to see KNTXT grow as party concept and radio show over the past 5 years and now I’m thrilled to announce its expansion with the launch of this new label. A label has always felt like the logical and natural next step for KNTXT, both as a place to shine the light on the music that I love and as a home for my own productions.”
She adds, “I’m looking forward to sharing the sounds of my favorite artists, some who’ve been around for a while and others who are just starting out, but all of whom represent a sound that I really love. In time, I hope the label will become a respected breeding ground and safe haven for unique talent, both new and established, as well as the main output for my own material.”
In addition to upcoming appearances at Tomorrowland and Awakenings, KNTXT returns to Antwerp’s Sportpaleis on November 16 with a bill featuring a rare back-to-back headline performance from Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock, a three-hour set from de Witte and a set from Chris Liebing,
Club der Visionaere posted a statement on Facebook about the fire that broke out at the famed Berlin clubbing institution on Saturday morning.
While three people were initially reported as injured, the club says no one was hurt.
The statement went on to counter media outlets reports that the fire destroyed the entire club. In fact, they club says the blaze affected only “a section of the upper level seating area located under the weeping willow tree, which was closed at the time of the fire.”
The club credits stringent fire safety protocols and training from local fire officials as the reason why the fire was brought under control without harm to its staff or patrons.
“The fire safety standards and practices at Club der Visionaere have been established along side and approved by the local Berlin authorities, including the training and certification of our staff as fire protection first responders. The resulting mechanisms and infrastructure included first measures being taken immediately by our trained and certified staff ensuring guests were evacuated in a calm and controlled manner without injury. The remaining fire protection plan was carried out by certified staff smoothly until the fire department arrived and extinguished the fire.”
The statement added that they are “now assessing the extent of the damage and hope to reopen soon. Until then, we will keep on keeping on by continuing the Club der Visionaere program at Hoppetosse as of tomorrow/Sunday.”
Club der Visionaere, one of Berlin’s premiere clubs, was ravaged by a fire early this morning.
According to Berliner Feuerwehr’s Twitter account, 70 firefighters brought the fire under control and prevented it from spreading to an adjacent gas station. Three people were reported as injured in the blaze.
Police are investing the fire. There’s no word yet on the the future of the venue. This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more about the incident.