Konrad ’Conny‘ Plank is undoubtedly one of the most innovative sound designers of his time. The recordings realized in his sound studio near Cologne between the 60s and 80s, revolutionized the music world. He was the pioneer of ’Krautrock‘ and paved the way for the revolutions of electronic and pop music respectively. Bands and artists who were fathered by the sound wizard (mostly before they became world famous) all agree that their careers would have been different without the talents of Conny Plank. Kraftwerk, Neu!, Can, Whodini, Brian Eno, DAF, Gianna Nannini, Ultravox and the Eurithmics are just some to be named. Conny Plank died much too early aged 47. For his wife, the actress Christa Fast, and his 13 year old son Stephan, he left behind a sound studio known near to everywhere. 25 years later his son embarks on a journey to find his father, his importance and his impact. Because all these musicians know Stephan from a young age from the studio, this film brings an unusually intimate and emotional insight to the artists, their work with Conny Plank and all that defines music production. The documentary THE POTENTIAL OF NOISE is the search for the person and producer Conny Plank, a journey through music history, a son getting to know his father and a soundtrack that has influenced millions of music fans over three decades.
a. o. 25th South By South West Film Festival 2018 SWR DOKU FESTIVAL 2018 – Winner of the Prize of Opus GmbH
Cast and Crew
Director Reto Caduff, Stephan Plank
Director of Photography Frank Griebe, Roman Schauerte