The Board of GITEC

Manfred Zollner (President)

m.zollner@gitec-forum.de

Professional:

1969-75 Studies in electroacoustics at the Technical University Munich

1982   Dr.-Ing. degree at the Institute for Electroacoustics in Munich (Prof. Zwicker)

1983-86 R&D division of Dynacord (… was young, needed the money)

1987       Founder of Cortex-Instruments GmbH (instrumentation, sound-analyzers)

1990       Chair of the Institute for acoustics and signal processing at the Regensburg University

1999       Start of investigations into the electric guitar

2003       Sale of  Cortex-Instruments GmbH

Music:

1965-69 Garage band in Munich “The Gypsies“ (Stones, Beatles, and much more)

1970-72 “The Way of Life“

1973       “The Soundation”

1974-75   “Big Brother Skiffle Group”

1977-79   “Willi Augustin Band”

1979-82   “Funny Gallery” (today: “Big Bad Wolf”)

since then: guitar at many blues sessions

2014         Founder of GITEC

Wolfgang Hönlein (Vice-President)

w.hoenlein@gitec-forum.de

Professional:

1977      Physics-Diploma (Master), University Würzburg

1983      Doctorate, Universität Würzburg/MPI Stuttgart (MOSFETs)

1983      Siemens AG, Munich, Semiconductor R&D, DRAMs

1999      Infineon AG, Munich, Carbon Nanotubes, IC-Metalization

2005      Qimonda AG, Munich/Dresden, DRAM Simulation

2009      free-lance consultant for Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI)

2014      retirement

Music

around 1965 garage band „Upper Square,“ modeled after the „Pretty Things“

1966      lasting experience: the „Windsor Jazz&Blues Festival“ –  The Who (incl. Marshall-destruction), Cream, Spencer Davis Group, Stevie Winwood, …

1970      to date: couch-guitarist, electronics tinkerer

2013     reeled in by THE PROFESSOR: Physic of the  der Electric Guitar

2014      (Co-) Founder of GITEC

Friedhelm Balden (Finances)

f.balden@gitec-forum.de

Professional:

1981 – 1985                  training and apprenticeship as electrician

1985 – 1989                   work as certified electrician

1989 – 1997                  freelance/self-employed in industrial sales

1997 – 2009                   superintendent at the Polytechnic Lippe and Höxter

2009 – 2011                  studies in information and communication technologies, Dr.Blindow school for technicians

2011 – 2013                   Studies & Research Group Darmstadt

from 2012                    retired, part-time chauffeur

from 2018                  full retirement

Music:

I have been playing the guitar since the 1970’s (with some long interruptions due to professional obligations or health-related issues). in 2018 I decided to really have a go at it and (given that studying on my own was not very effective) took up the course “Rock-Guitar” at the newmusic-academy.

As a volunteer, I work in light- and sound-engineering.

For a number of years now, I have developed an interest in guitar- and tube-amp-technology, and in 2018 put together my first amp kit. I am in the process of building my first electric guitar (not a kit) with Walter Kraushaar.

Early on, I came across the books by Helmuth Lemme, and more recently became – via the internet – aware of Manfred Zollner’s research.  Much fascinated by it, I now own the book “Physics of the Electric Guitar”.

At the Guitar Summit 2018 in Mannheim, I discovered the GITEC association and became a member right away. To support the association, I have joined the board.

Jörg Gebhardt (Board Member; German-Language Website)

j.gebhardt@gitec-forum.de

Professional

1985 Physics-Diploma (Master), University of Cologne

1989 Doctorate, University of Cologne

1989 Moeller GmbH, Bonn

1998 ATR Industrie-Elektronik, Viersen

2002 Passavant-Roediger, Aanbrengen

2005 Establishment of aquatune GmbH

Music

1972-75 guitar lessons with Fred Harz, Cologne

until 2004 guitarist with the „Bedlams“, Cologne

since 2006 guitarist with „Kilroy“, Cramberg (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T3A2cuOrQc)

2012/13 seminars with Manfred Zollner

2014 Foundation of the Forum E-Gitarrentechnik e.V. (GITEC)

Ham radio license: DL1KG

Eberhard Hoyer (Board Member; German-Language Website, Membership Management)

e.hoyer@gitec-forum.de

Professional:
Until 1991 studies in Electric Engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. From then Software Engineer in industrial process-automation, mobile communications, and end-user software.

Music:
Musical beginnings as schoolboy with classical guitar – soon to be replaced by an electric one.  Member of various garage bands, contributor to amateur productions of musicals, and since 1992 member of a hobby rock-band performing original compositions. On the side: tinkering with electronics of and for electric guitars. Participation in a seminar by Manfred Zollner in 2014, and since then participation in all GITEC activities and meetings.

Stephan Ahrends (Board Member; Communication)

s.ahrends@web.de

Professional

1989 Training as information-electronics technician at Bayer AG, Leverkusen

1991 Academy for Broadcasting Technology, Nuremberg

1991 – 1997 Sound technician (part-time), public-service broadcaster Saarbrücken

1998 Electrical Engineering Diploma (Master) in information technology, Saarland University, Saarbrücken

1998 – 2019 National Instruments Germany GmbH; automization of measuring and testing

2020 Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering, Abbey Road Institute, Frankfurt (courses currently ongoing)

Music

  • from my earliest days (about 6 y) I was fascinated with sound and sound recording
  • about at the same time I discovered the classical guitar of my sister’s
  • subsequently vocals in various choirs, playing the guitar, and a first job as a bass player in our youth- and dance-band
  • in the early 1980’s I discovered Helmuth Lemme’s works and mastered my first guitar-modification projects
  • at the same time I built – with friends – a complete audio setup: multi-channel mixing desk, PA power amps, amps for instruments, effects devices, electronic drums and a whole load of speaker boxes
  • first 2- and 4-track recording projects
  • during university, a first PC-based DAW (Triple DAT (1996!) was used to produce CD’s in the amateur and semi-pro field, and to work on smaller audio and music-projects
  • experiences in live sound of larger sound bodies (Bigband)
  • took a break in audio after my studies
  • from 2015 back in music and sound recording
  • from 2019: course at the Abbey Road Institute Frankfurt, working i.a. on recording guitars in the studio and “in the box” via Amos and effects-simulators, re-amping, etc.

Friend

Tilmann Zwicker (English-Language Website, Translation Projects)

dr.t@gitec-forum-eng.de

Professional

1976 – 1981: studies in electrical engineering (Technical University Munich), masters degree

1982 – 1988: Associate professor (TU Munich, Inst. f. Electroacoustics & Inst. f. Metrology), Dr.-Ing degree

1988 – 1989: Visiting research fellow (NEU Boston, MA;  MSU, East Lansing, MI;  UW Madison, WI)

1990 – 2000: Patent examiner (European Patent Office Munich; techn. areas: amplifiers, filters, oscillators, modulation, acoustics, musical instruments)

2000 – 2016: Director (European Patent Office Munich; techn. area: telecommunications)

Music:

– since 1971: continuous member in a whole lotta amateur and semi-pro bands (Blues, Rock, Fusion, Country, Folk, Salsa), mostly als guitarist but also on bass, organ and synthesizer

– just as long: various amateur und semipro recording- and live-sound-projects

– and probably even longer: (mostly in a “private” framework): design and realization of  circuits for guitars, amps & effects devices, and customization and restoration of the same

– 2015 – 2018: technical support for the Jazzclub  “Unterfahrt” in Munich

– since 2016: member of GITEC

Special interests (in the area of guitar):

– learn how to express myself even better on the instrument

– find an answer to the question: “what exactly is it that characterizes a great guitar sound?”

Consultants

Kurt Härtl

k.haertl@gitec-forum.de

Kurt Härtl has been living in the town of Augsburg since 2005. He is a graduate from the Anton-Bruckner-Conservatory in Linz (Jazz & Popmusik), and works with a wide variety of music projects on a national scale. With a previous intense 11-year-phase in the city of Munich under his belt, he has found his place Southern Germany’s live and studio-scene. He has already worked with: Monrose, „Popstars“ (PRO 7), Götz Alsmann, Anna Maria Kaufmann, Wolfgang Fierek, Die jungen Tenöre, Philharmonic Orchestra Augsburg, and many others. Since the summer semester of 2015, Kurt also holds a lecturing position at the University of Augsburg.

Michael Vochezer

m.vochezer@gitec-forum.de

Michael Vochezer hails from the Chiemgau area in Southern Bavaria. Sind the mid-1990’s he is active as guitarist, composer, arranger and guitar teacher, and has correspondingly always been inquisitive about the technical side of the electric guitar, taking a particular interest in the point-of-view of the user.

Whether it’s gypsy-jazz, fusion (where he contributes his own compositions), big band, funk, soul or blues – it is the great flexibility of the guitar that fascinates Michael. Improvisation in Jazz and Blues, and cool grooves always provide the basis. Besides various projects featuring original compositions and arrangements such as Cafe Caravan (Gypsy Jazz Quartett), Groove Galaxy (Fusion Jazz), Travels (original compositions featuring vocals, vibes and guitar) and treeo (Michael Jackson’s music arranged for vocals and two acoustic guitars), Michael regularly plays with Blue Bay Music (Party), Club Society (Funk & Soul Party), Norisha, Swing Summit (Rat Pack Big Band Sound), Tanzbar (Party), and as studio musician (for BR, ZDF, and Eberhard Schoener, amongst many others). He also finds time for collaborations with other artists in a wide variety of  settings, such as for example once a year with the Söhne Traunreuts.

In 2016, based on a unique concept, Michael started his own guitar academy together with his partner Enrico Coromines: supergain.de

Michael has studied performance (with Mick Goodrick, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook and Ed Tomassi, among others) and jazz composition (with Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson and Ted Pease, among others) at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, USA, and graduated with „summa cum laude“-honors in 2004.

Michael lives in Munich, Germany. He is married and has two children.

Florian Pöschko

mail@florian-poeschko.de

Studies:

Basic studies: main subject “Jazz Guitar”, secondary subject “Classical Guitar/World-Music”; diploma from  the Conservatory Dresden (with Thomas Fellow, Stefan Bormann and Ralf Beutler).

Main studies & diploma: main subject “Jazz Guitar”, secondary subject “Jazz Composition” with Werner Neumann, Joachim Schoenecker, and Richie Beirach;   graduation with teacher training certificate for music schools and music colleges.

 

Musical  activities:

Ensemble work with (among others) Valerij Sokolov, Benny Golson, Dennis Rowland, Charlie Mariano, Gregor Hilden, Matthias Bergmann, Peter Beets,  Pablo Held, Sven Helbig, Florian Menzel.

Locations and promoters (among others): concerts at Langenargen palace, Arlberg 1800 (concert hall), MCH Hannover (Kuppelsaal hall, Beethoven hall), Alte Oper Frankfurt (Mozart hall), German Music Commitee, NDR Musiktage (Opernplatz-stage), Luzerna Jazz Club Prague (PL), studio-stage of Semper-Oper Dresden, Jazzclub Henkelmann at Iserlohn, Alter Schlachthof in Soest, Domizil in Dortmund, Jazz-Nights at Langenau (CH), Jazzclub Stellwerk/Alte Zinnschmelze/Take 5 Festival at Hamburg, live-broadcasts by broadcasters MDR, ZDF and NDR.

Studio work for „Theater der Jungen Welt“ (City of Leipzig), cultural office of the City of Dortmund, Nordstern music publishers (Leipzig), various commercial jingle productions in Dresden and with Til von Dombois (producer of Planet Emily/ Peppermint Jam Studios), Studio „Institut für Wohlklang“ at Hannover, Pop-Cantor (Prot.-Luth. Church of Niedersachsen), Fire Orange Project (Offshore Horizons, 2017/r3w Records Hamburg)

 

Work in education and teaching:

Since 2009: lecturer at the Music College Hannover (music theory, ear training, musical notation, general practice methodology, guitar methodology)

Since 2009: lecturer at the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Leipzig University (methodology and training practice for Jazz Guitar, popular music in school practice, elementary composition, secondary course for guitar)

2012 – 15: lecturer in the StiBet program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in interdisciplinary training practice

Since 2018: auditor for the Federal Associaton of independent Music Schools in Germany (BDFM)