The history of Max Machine
The release of the album “Mean Machine” by Max Machine fills the gap of destitution in the long history of music. It was motivated and inspired by the death of Max Kreitler, German Sound engineer at the renowned Hansa Studio in Berlin.
In the period of 1973-1980 Kreitler recorded a large number of legendary musical artists. The Max Machine project arose from a collaboration of Kreitler and Andy Warhol.
Kreitler developed the idea of putting new life into Warhol’s project, The Factory. Artists like Lou Reed, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Brian Eno, among others, performed in Berlin on a regular basis. Along with Warhol, Kreitler tempted these rock stars to co-operate in this musical experiment, inspired by Berlin’s artistic environment.
By making individual aspirations of minor importance to the Max Machine concept, Andy Warhol prevented superstar egos from conflicting and therefore creativity to prevail. Warhol insisted on promoting Max Machine as an entity by not mentioning the names of individual artists on the album cover and declining any individual participation in the composition of the product.
All of this resulted in 257 hours of music. Some grotesque, others diffuse, but intense time and again.
Kreitler thought up Max Machine’s album title, “Mean Machine”, back in the seventies. The album’s cover art work also dates from that era. The album includes songs that can already be called legendary. Unpolished glam rock from the seventies.
With the death of Max Kreitler in August 2007, music rights lapsed and fortunately the material became available for all music lovers. The album “Mean Machine” is the first of what might become a long range of magnificent albums.