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The Potential of Noise: Conny Plank

One of the greatest studio engineers and record producers of the 20th century, a world without Conny Plank’s influence on music is unfathomable. Instrumental in shaping the early sound of Kraftwerk, Plank would go on to work with legends such as Neu!, Cluster, DAF and Devo, eventually breaking through to the mainstream with the likes of Ultravox, The Eurythmics, and the legendary Scorpions. Berlin-based music supervisor Milena Fessmann produced The Potential of Noise, a 95 minute documentary that also traces the history of Conny Plank through the viewpoint of the artists he worked with. In 1991 Fessmann founded Cinesong and has worked on more than 200 movies. This Q&A session will look at both Conny Plank and Milena’s work as a music supervisor.


Milena Fessmann (Founder, Cinesong, GE)


Since 1991, Milena Fessmann has worked as a full-time DJ (2001-2014 Radio Eins After Work Lounge, Trompete/Berlin, European Film Awards 2015 etc.) and has worked for various radio stations. Since 1997 she works for Radio Eins/RBB with her own weekly show called "Free Falling". In 1989 she founded CINESONG. Milena Fessmann teaches music supervising and copyright clearing at DFFB Berlin and is advisory board member of the World Soundtrack Academy. She founded a film production company called Sugar Town Filmproduction Gmbh & Co.kg in 2011. The first project is "The Potential of Noise: Conny Plank" by Stephan Plank and Reto Caduff. She is co-producer of "When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit", by award winning director Caroline Link and is co-producer on "Evaluation" and "Girl made of Dust", Director: Hiam Abbass.


Gary Smith (Journalist, FR)


Multi-lingual (French/Spanish/Dutch) journalist, translator, copy writer and daytime conference programmer/moderator at the Amsterdam Dance Event and at the Brazilian Music Conference (BRMC). Regular writer for Television Business International (TBI), Cannes Lions Daily News, Location International Magazine, MIDEM News, MIPTV & MIPCOM News, Sportel and the Monte Carlo TV Festival magazine. Specialist subjects include music, technology, social networking, advertising, online media, sport and business strategy.