I used some time this weekend, to dive into the soundscapes of my machines. As the Hardware-Jams group challenge was to create a track inspired by „food“ in any of it’s flavours; be it great moments with family and friends around a large table or munching crackers on the sofa.
As life’s a bit hard, lately, I chose one of my favourite sweets „Salted Caramel“ and jammed to it.
Two of my tracks are featured on Test Drive Series 2020 „A Golden Age“ Compilation! DJ- and producer-duo HMND.SnB.Ens. (Instagram) chose my songs „Crawling Backwards“ and „Entropy One“ for their retrospective view on this very special year.
The album features tracks of Phil Decker, Curtis Newton (Instagram), The Poti Orchestra (Instagram), To66l and the HMND.SnB.Ensemble. To be featured together with these long-time-favorites makes me very proud! 😉
Give it a spin, this is awesome music made for awesome people! 😉
My collab with Kay Emmess can be pre-saved on Spotify and Beatport now! So if you like to be one of the first to have the official release in your library or on your playlist, you can follow this link to presave it:
Today, my album Meanders has been released on all major digital platforms. I am very proud about it, so I was feeling more than honoured, when @netvio approached me for a quick interview on the making of the album. Here is the full interview for you:
It started out in July / August, when I was totally inspired by minimal techno and deep house stuff, especially by @59perlen’s Blackbox EP. I felt that it was both quite a challenge and an opportunity to be restricted to only one machine and to have just a few patterns prepared and evolve and play the songs live. So I chose my Korg Electribe 2s and started.
With „Together“ being the first track, I quite managed to stay in the genre, I got addicted to. It starts minimal and develops into a deep house tune. This changed with the next song „Crawling Backwards“: During my rehearsals, it evolved into something musically different, as I started playing melodies and enhanced the patterns massively on the fly while playing. Working on this track and reflecting it made me see someone repeatedly taking the same path, back and forth, just like the path in a meander. This was, when the album got it’s name.
Although not being minimal anymore, „Crawling Backwards“ became the most danceable track in the album. The next piece that I created, „Afraid of Sunlight“, didn’t take care of genres anymore. I played the E2s and simply let it happen. 😉 Playing the album to @kayemmes, he suggested to create a remix of „Afraid of Sunlight“, which is the bonus track of the album, now. I love his take of the song.
The album „Meanders“ wants the listeners to follow the repetition, the ever-evolving and changing rhythmical and musical patterns. They take them on a ride down the spiral to the core. And up again. Following the meander.
Thanks to the Netvio-team for this chance to present my musical work! They are providing continued awesome support to artists, I can highly recommend checking them out!
If you like to listen to my music, please check me out on Spotify or Bandcamp.
I am so excited to finally have this new track published! It was a long journey, to get it finished.
Based on an initial jam with a Volca Drum, a Volca Bass, a Behringer TD-3 (which I call my „Acid Flute“) and two multieffect devices (Zoom MS-70 for Volca Bass and TC Electronic Skysurfer Reverb for TD-3), I was quite content with a rather minimal / reduced, strong acid character. Initially…
It seems, I cannot stay minimal. Once I worked on the parts in Ableton Live, I started enhancing. Some arpeggios were added by VST synths, all tracks got multiple effect additions.
Still not being really convinced, it took me quite a while to find the missing parts: One day I heard my daughter talk to her friend about some dresses – they were really excited about the „knallgelbe, neongelbe“ dress they talked about (that’s yellow, neon-yellow). Sampling this, I found the missing part for the track. The vocal sample got heavily processed, some parts stretched, some with a delay or gated, nearly everything added with Valhalla Shimmer reverb goodness and finally this added the missing spice to the track.
I am proud of this piece of music and hope, you like it, too!
You may find the track on many digital music platforms, if you like to give it a try. Perhaps, it makes you dancing, too! 😉
Currently I am working on a track called „Body Control“. Initially, I planned to create some dark techno style, minimal music with fierce acidy arpeggios. Well, the outcome was quite different, again, the patterns morphed to become a techno house track with some trancy elements. Ok, accepted, that’s nice, too.
In this jam, I played the different patterns and transitions live on my Electribe 2s as well as on the Korg Volca Bass.