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Studio album by
RecordedDecember 12, 1981
MG-Art (2001 reissue)
ProducerManuel Göttsching
Manuel Göttsching chronology
Inventions for Electric Guitar
Dream and Desire
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media9.2/10[2]

E2-E4, released in 1984, is a solo recording by Manuel Göttsching. The album consists of a minimalistic hour-long progressive electronic track that is subdivided into single tracks according to the stage of the song. The second half of the record is notable for Göttsching's guitar playing. The album is named after the most popular opening chess move 1. e2-e4 (which is expressed in long algebraic notation). A noteworthy pun on E2-E4 exists because the guitar is tuned from E2 (the low string) to E4 (the high string).

Track sections[edit]

  1. "Quiet Nervousness" - 13:00
  2. "Moderate Start" - 10:00
  3. "And Central Game" - 7:00
  4. "Promise" - 6:00
  5. "Queen a Pawn" - 5:00
  6. "Glorious Fight" - 3:00
  7. "H.R.H. Retreats (With a Swing)" - 9:00
  8. "And Sovereignty" - 3:00
  9. "Draw" - 2:40


The album was named as one of the best 1980s albums for its important role in the development of house and techno music of the late 1980s and early 1990s.[3][4] The song's repetitions and arpeggiations have influenced house, techno, space disco, balearic and even alternative forms of rock music.

Sueño Latino sampled E2-E4 on its 1989 song "Sueño Latino."[4] In 1994, Detroit techno artist Carl Craig released a remix named "Remake" under his alias of Paperclip People. Basic Channel released a "Basic Reshape" remix of "Remake", which would be included on their compilation album BCD under the name of "e2e4 Basic Reshape."


  1. ^ Bush, John (2011). "E2-E4 - Manuel Göttsching | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  2. ^ Richardson, Mark (14 September 2016). "Manuel Göttsching: E2-E4". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ Pitchfork Feature: Top 100 Albums of the 1980s
  4. ^ a b Naylor, Tony (August 30, 2013). "Manuel Göttsching: the Göttfather". the Guardian. Retrieved July 21, 2016.