Gorbyland Studios

We often receive letters and telephone calls from people all over the world, everybody asking the same thing.
How is it possible for IFA Wartburg to write such wonderful music?
Here is the answer to that question!

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Everything starts here at the main control room at the Gorbyland Studios in Potsdam where East Germany converts music into records. This state-of-the-art studio is equipped with the latest technology and everything is really good and modern and it works.

Being a composer is a difficult task. Only the best composers in DDR are certified to work for IFA Wartburg. Around five hunded skilled tone experts working with high notes where other composers are more into low notes or even whole chords.

It is a collaboration of art and the composing process must be heavily compartmentalized to guarantee security during composing. Only Heinz and Rolf are allowed to combine tones and chords into songs.

Before you start the recording process you must make sure that your material is good enough for a record. We only use the finest Diesel oil from the oil fields in Baku which is the best raw material you can get when it comes to professional recording.

When the diesel power engine is running at full steam in a stable manner we can start up the tape recorder.

– Everything seems to be on the right track, says Heinz and adjusts the newly bought Albanian Compressor/Limiter.

The delicate sound of a violin, gently handled by a real virtuoso, can elevate a musical arrangement to almost unbelievable heights. The tractor expert Rolf Kempinski is the right person for this task.

You got to pull hard when it comes to the accordion. The best solution would be to tie an accordion between two horses and let them do the pulling, like Otto von Guericke did back in Magdeburg 1654 to prove to the world how hard it it can be, says Heinz.

synthesizer sessionSYNTHESIZER SESSION
One of the best synthesizers in the world (a Robotron CC 88) stands since 1967 in Gorbyland Studios. We are planning to make it polyphonic, but it sounds great as it is today.

Heinz Klinger makes the lead vocals on almost every IFA Wartburg song. He has almost learned to sing during the years.

– When it comes to lead vocals you must never exaggerate, says Heinz.

buzzbox session

– What´s happening? Our buzz box has blown the main fuses again. We have to switch them immediately before we continue the recording!
Rolf is always very alert in situations like this.

– Every time I touch brass I feel calm and happy inside.

organ session
Rolf Kempinski at the Bontempi Organ. Rolf has a brother who knows the roadie to the Swedish rock band Mats Rådberg och runkarna and he is very proud of that and cannot emphasize it to strongly.

Some of the instruments at the Gorbyland Studios needs electric sound amplification. Here is the main amplifier capable of generating almost 40W of pure solid state sound energy.

Understanding how the delicate combination of instruments makes the end result is the most important part in the art of mixing music. We never use headphones or loudspeakers during mixing. That would be amateurish and has nothing to do with proper sound engineering. Quality control is guaranteed by our government.

On the air

The most important step in the music production process is when we are sitting in the listening room, hearing our music reaching the loudspeaker in the radio receiver. Now our positive message is spreading all over the civilized world.

Heinz: – I hope they will like it!
Rolf: – Walther Ulbricht would be proud of us!


  1. Samuel Stasimann

    Hello there Günther. I am trying to make a documentary about IFA Wartburg to show to western audiences to show them the horrors of western music. If you could provide a timeline of events of IFA Wartburg, such as when songs were recorded or when a tour started, it would be greatly appreciated!

    • Günther Raubschaentze

      They are usually recorded when it is quiet in the studio. The tour starts when everyone has gotten there and shaved because we don’t like it when someone is unshaven. It has also happened that someone has said No, ugh, that’s enough! and we’ve gone home again. But in most cases everything goes according to plan!

  2. Dear Mr. Günther Raubschaentze;

    I have a question about the Photograph of Hr. Heinz Klinger playing the Trompete (Photo No. 12 on this web-page).
    I would like to hang that magnificent image on my wall, but I need permission from the website administrator G. Raubschaentze. Do you give me permission to print and hang it on my wall?
    Happy late Tag der Republik!
    – Filip M.

    P.S. I will have the photograph printed in the highest quality at
    Deutsche Wertpapierdruckerei VEB

    • Günther Raubschaentze

      Hello Filip!

      Yes that would be nice. Every university in the entire world should have such a photo in the entrance and below the photo a brass sign that says “See how far you can go in life if you have the right values!”

      Kind regards,

  3. Hendrich S

    One question dear Gunther, what are the instruments used in the song Sorbisches Fischerlied? I am a former Sorbian man, and also a former Fisherman, but nevertheless i can’t figure it out.

    • Günther Raubschaentze

      Dear Hendrich,

      I had to ask Paola who baked those tapes for some weeks ago. The tape box says the following:

      Laughing alchohol-enthusiasts
      Lead Heinz & Rolf
      And drums + perc of course.

      There is also a track called SMPTE and it sounds horrible. Glad that they mixed that track out…

    • Günther Raubschaentze

      Yes, I am single, but Heinz and Rolf have several doubles. This preserves their authenticity and allows them to be able to show up even when they don’t have time doing so.

    • Günther Raubschaentze

      On shorter space trips (a few weeks or so), the cosmonaut has to bring his own food. Breakfast and lunch is only offered free of charge if the space travel lasts for one month and up to a year. We’ve had some minor problems with space food theft, so that’s why our space food rules had to be changed.

  4. Pepa Gonek

    I find it hilarious that this website draws a very thin line between satire and being serious and you cant really be joke on what is a joke and what isnt

    • Günther Raubschaentze

      We all work here at highest possible working pressure to ensure you and many other workers best reading experience known to mankind. You shouldn’t laugh at that. If you don’t have humor, you do.

    • Günther Raubschaentze

      Only personnel in Sector 3 (Saal 28 Refrain Department) authorized to work with licks and counter melodies in the key of F Demented during the time period of 1982-1991 had access to the equipment shown in the picture.

  5. Nikolaj

    Günther, how can I get a copy of the IFA Wartburg vinyl smuggled into West Berlin? I am more than willing to make a monetary contribution to further the cause of socialism.

    • Günther Raubschaentze

      Nikolaj, there are several intelligence reports about an increasing amount of IFA-bootlegs in circulation. Watch out for those western bootlegs. They are not controlled by the authorities and can damage your hearing.

        • Günther Raubschaentze

          It has a window but that is in the front of the computer (Robotron 300) running MOPS via military grade programming punch cards from VEB Drukwerke Reichenbach. But that is a secret so please do not tell anyone about it because I love my job here in Potsdam and do not want to get fired again.

  6. Can you send us the music notes, so we can play your songs by ourself?
    I would really like to play “FDJ”, but I like every song from you.

    Just imagine, a big school hall, and we play your song!

    • Günther Raubschaentze

      Yes, we understand. Listening to recordings is so overrated. Music is always better when you read it.

    • Alexander

      Actually Dr. Gregor, I have actually worked for some days now, non-stop finding the notes of every intstrument using 100% of my musical powers… and I have a pretty accurate “Frau Gorbatschowa”, just work it out, and you can find the ones for FDJ. But now SUSH, they cant know I have their secret notes….

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