Category:German experimental musicians
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The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Alexander Hacke – Alexander Hacke is a guitarist, bass guitarist, singer, musician and record producer from Germany. He is primarily known as a member of the influential German industrial music group Einstürzende Neubauten. In the early 1980s he released a few solo tapes and mini-albums and he became a long-time member of Einstürzende Neubauten and also was a member of several other bands, such as Sentimentale Jugend, Sprung Aus Den Wolken and Mona Mur. In 1980, at the age of fifteen, he joined Einstürzende Neubauten, Hacke played guitar and worked with the bands sound until the mid 1990s. Then he changed from guitar to bass and is now a player and, according to band leader Blixa Bargeld. Hackes first full-length solo album was Filmarbeiten, in the 1990s he was frontman of the band Jever Mountain Boys, who played their favorite songs, particularly country music cover-versions. They travel extensively performing multimedia shows together and presenting workshops on Berlin underground culture, in 2004, Danielle de Picciotto produced a documentary on Einstürzende Neubauten for which Alexander Hacke did the sound design. In the reviews on this album Hacke was compared to Frank Zappa, the Road Record, an excerpt of which can be seen on Sanctuary, was documented by de Picciotto, describing the revolutionary recording style Hacke used to produce the record. Hacke also contributed to soundtracks to such films as Sonnenallee. Hacke produced music for Fatih Akıns film Head-On and is a character in Crossing the Bridge, The Sound of Istanbul. On several occasions he reunited on stage with FM Einheit for an experimental performance, Alexander Hackes first noteworthy girlfriend was Christiane F. who became famous with the internationally acclaimed movie and book Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, a biography of her heroin addiction. They performed together in Europe and the US with their band Sentimentale Jugend, on the 3rd of October,1989, Hackes son Joshua was born in Berlin. His mother is Angela Mettbach, a Berlin nightlife figure who had a musical career with her band Octopussy. Hacke was briefly married to German actress and singer Meret Becker and was involved in her musical career, Becker guested on Einstürzende Neubautens album Ende Neu. 1980, Das Leben ist schön 1981, Borsig-Werke 1982, Christiane F
2. Michael Bach (musician) – Michael Bach, also known as Michael Bach Bachtischa, is a German cellist, composer, and visual artist. During the years 1997 and 2001 Mstislav Rostropovich has been involved in its development. In 2001 he invited Michael Bach to Paris for a presentation of his BACH. Bow. In 2012, during an exhibition on the theme BACHLAEUFE - The Imprint of Johann Sebastian Bach on Modern Times, held at Arnstadt, Germany, the First Prize was awarded to the BACH. Bow. Several contemporary composers, among them John Cage, Dieter Schnebel, Walter Zimmermann, Bach Bachtischa is also a composer. His purely musical compositions are idiosyncratic and highly personal, described by him as “free from compositional conventions. ”In collaboration with the visual artist Renate Hoffleit he has created strikingly original string installations. Michael Bachs visual works include Fingerboards, which capture the hand’s choreography on the fingerboard as color impressions, Fieldwork, Mit diesen beiden Händen, Lagauche. The German postage stamp 75 Jahre Donaueschinger Musiktage, Deutschland 1996 shows his composition and drawing 18-7-92, Michael Bach, Cello and the Experimentalstudio des SWF, Hans-Peter Haller, Freiburg, Germany. 1986 Sonata in E-flat Major, opus 64 by Ludwig van Beethoven with Berhard Wambach, piano, Karlsruhe,1987 Kadenzen by Arnold Schoenberg for the Cello Concerto in g minor by Matthias Georg Monn with the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, conductor, Georg Schmöhe, Bonn, Germany. 1991 ONE8 and 108 for Cello with Curved Bow and Orchestra by John Cage, dedicated to Michael Bach,1993 ONE13 for Cello with Curved Bow and 3 Tapes, composition by John Cage and Michael Bach Bachtischa, festival musica in Strasbourg, France. 1998 TIERKREIS by Karlheinz Stockhausen, version for Cello with Curved Bow by Michael Bach Bachtischa in Bayreuth,2004 Capriccio 1828 for Violin solo by Niccolò Paganini, version for Cello with Curved Bow by Michael Bach Bachtischa in Worms, Germany. 2008 New version of ONE13 for Cello with Curved Bow and 3 Tapes, composition by John Cage and Michael Bach Bachtischa, in San Francisco, USA and Stuttgart, Germany
3. Ulrich Schnauss – Ulrich Schnauss is a German electronic musician and producer based in London, England. Ulrich Schnauss was born in the northern German seaport of Kiel in 1977 and he became interested in a range of music, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Tangerine Dream, Chapterhouse, and early bleep and breakbeat tracks. There was not much opportunity to see his musical influences in Kiel, Ulrichs musical output began under the pseudonyms of View to the Future and Ethereal 77. These electronica and drum-driven pieces were noticed by Berlin electronica label CCO, Ulrich developed these submissions to CCO into his first album under his own name, Far Away Trains Passing By, released in Europe in 2001, and in the United States in 2005. His next album, 2003s A Strangely Isolated Place, showed the influence of My Bloody Valentines Kevin Shields, Schnauss has said of this album, When youve worked with computers and keyboards for a number of years, they become not so fascinating of themselves anymore. I gained confidence after people began to discover Far Away Trains Passing By and this time I decided not to compromise on what I wanted to do, with what I thought people might want me to do. He also plays keyboards for UK indie band Longview, whose singer Rob McVey was featured on Ulrichs next album and his third album, Goodbye, was completed in early 2007. It was released in Europe by Independiente Records on 25 June 2007, the United States release followed on 10 July under Domino Records. Regarding this album, he said, The overall idea was pretty much the same, I just wanted to merge the indie songwriting elements and electronic instrumentation. After the previous album I still had a feeling there was more room to take these ideas to an extreme level when it comes to layering and laying down as many tracks as possible. On 12 June 2007, Ulrich released an EP named Quicksand Memory and it contains two remixes by Robin Guthrie of previous releases, a mix by Rob McVey of a previously unreleased track, and an edit of a track appearing on his latest album. In the spring of 2008, Ulrich remixed two tracks by the Manchester-based shoegaze band Daniel Land and The Modern Painters. On 27 October 2008, the two tracks, Within the Boundaries and Benjamins Room, were released as a double A-side 7 single by the independent record label Sonic Cathedral, in July 2008, the Stars EP was released to support his June/July US tour. A co-produced/co-written track with A Shoreline Dream titled neverChanger was released on an EP of the same name, Ulrich traveled out for a short tour with the band in Texas and Colorado to promote this effort, and performed this track with A Shoreline Dream during his performances. In 2010, Schnauss was involved in the mixing of Exit Calms self-titled debut album, Schnauss also provided keyboards and backing vocals on Engineers third album, In Praise of More. Schnauss also played as an act for the Phrase One festival held in the small Irish town of Carrick-on-Shannon on 19 April 2013. Has been a member of Tangerine Dream since 2014, monday Paracetamol from A Strangely Isolated Place was used as one of the BGMs for the 2007 version of popular global EA Sports video game franchise Tiger Woods PGA tour. Later in 2007, the On My Own track from A Strangely Isolated Place was used by Pontiac in its Cars TV commercial, gMCs Super Bowl commercial in 2008 featured Blumenwiese Neben Autobahn from Far Away Trains Passing By
4. Nico – Christa Päffgen, better known by her stage name Nico, was a German singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress who became famous as a Warhol superstar in the 1960s. She is known for her vocals on the Velvet Undergrounds debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico and she also had roles in several films, including Federico Fellinis La Dolce Vita and Andy Warhols Chelsea Girls. Nico was born Christa Päffgen in Cologne, when she was two years old, she moved with her mother and grandfather to the Spreewald forest outside of Berlin to escape the World War II bombardments of Cologne. In 1946, Nico and her mother relocated to downtown Berlin and she attended school until the age 13, and began selling lingerie in the exclusive department store KaDeWe, eventually getting modeling jobs in Berlin. At five feet ten inches and with chiseled features and porcelain skin, at the age of 15, while working as a temp for the U. S. Air Force, Nico was raped by an American sergeant. The sergeant was court-martialled and Nico gave evidence for the prosecution at his trial, Nicos song Secret Side from the album The End makes oblique references to the rape. Nico was discovered at 16 by the photographer Herbert Tobias while both were working at a KaDeWe fashion show in Berlin and he gave her the name Nico after her ex-boyfriend, filmmaker Nikos Papatakis, and she used it for the rest of her life. She moved to Paris and began working for Vogue, Tempo, Vie Nuove, Mascotte Spettacolo, Camera, Elle, at age 17, she was contracted by Coco Chanel to promote their products, but she fled to New York City and abandoned the job. Through her travels, she learned to speak English, Spanish, after appearing in several television advertisements, Nico got a small role in Alberto Lattuadas film La Tempesta. She also appeared in Rudolph Matés For the First Time, with Mario Lanza, later that year. In 1959, she was invited to the set of Federico Fellinis La Dolce Vita, where she attracted the attention of the acclaimed director, by this time, she was living in New York and taking acting classes with Lee Strasberg. She appears as the model on jazz pianist Bill Evans 1962 album. After splitting her time between New York and Paris, she got the role in Jacques Poitrenauds Strip-Tease. She recorded the track, which was written by Serge Gainsbourg but not released until 2001. In 1962, Nico gave birth to her son, Christian Aaron Ari Päffgen, the child was raised mostly by Delons mother and her husband and eventually was adopted by them, taking their surname, Boulogne. Nicos first performances as a singer took place in December 1963 at New Yorks Blue Angel nightclub, where she sang standards such as My Funny Valentine. In 1965, Nico met the Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones and recorded her first single, Im Not Sayin with the B-side The Last Mile, actor Ben Carruthers introduced her to Bob Dylan in Paris that summer. In 1967 Nico recorded his song Ill Keep It with Mine for her first album, Dylan had written the tune for Judy Collins in 1964, according to her own liner notes from the Geffen Records album Judy Collins Sings Dylan
5. Blixa Bargeld – Blixa Bargeld is a German-born musician active in a wide range of artistic fields. He is best known for his work and live performances with the groups Einstürzende Neubauten and Nick Cave. His stage name comes from Blixa, a German brand of blue felt pen, and Bargeld, Bargeld also refers to German Dada artist Johannes Theodor Baargeld. Bargeld left school prior to completion and is self-taught and he revealed in 2010, would never have guessed when I was 13 that I would have become a professional musician. It was so far away as to become a reality in my personal life, Bargeld experimented with audio equipment as a teenager, including the disassembling of tape recorders. Bargeld is from the Tempelhof area of West Berlin and he moved out of his parents home in the late 1970s, a 2008 documentary featured him visiting his mother and talking to her about his childhood and the relationship he had with his parents. In 1980, he founded the music group Einstürzende Neubauten, the first album he owned was by Pink Floyd and he quickly moved onto German rock Krautrock acts such as Kraftwerk, Neu. and Can, which he described as his biggest influences at the time. I didnt have any of these things, and I could not afford any of these things and it was more of the logical consequence of what can we obtain, and thats how it turned out. It certainly didnt start out as a concept to say lets do something different. From 1983 to 2003, Bargeld was a long-time guitarist and backing vocalist in Nick Cave, Bargeld also sang lead vocals alongside Cave on several songs, such as on The Carny and The Weeping Song. Cave first saw Bargeld performing with Einstürzende Neubauten on TV while The Birthday Party and he described the music as mournful, Bargeld as looking destroyed, and his screams as, a sound you would expect to hear from strangled cats or dying children. He is credited with playing guitar on the Gun Club song, Yellow Eyes and he also played on the album Novice by Alain Bashung in 1989. Since the mid-90s Bargeld has appeared live with his solo Rede/Speech Performances, the performed pieces include a vocal creation of the DNA of an angel and a parody of a techno song. In 2007 he started a project with Alva Noto called ANBB. An EP, Ret Marut Handshake, was released on 26 June 2010, followed later that year by a full-length album, in June 2013, a collaboration with Italian composer Teho Teardo Still Smiling was released on the Specula record label. A music video for the song Mi Scusi was published on the Teho Teardo YouTube channel, in early October, Neubauten announced 24 November 2014 as the release date for their next album, Lament. The band opened their 2014 European tour, in support of Lament, with a performance in Diksmuide, Belgium, jennifer Shryane, in her book Blixa Bargeld and Einstürzende Neubauten, German Experimental Music. Evading do-re-mi, explores how the themes and threads of Bargeld’s work with Neubauten show even greater variation and experimentation in his work outside of the band
6. Burkhard Beins – Burkhard Beins is a German composer/performer who works with percussion, selected objects and electronics. Living in Berlin since 1995, Beins is active in music and electroacoustic improvisation. Since the late 1980s he has appeared on festivals, concerts and tours throughout Europe. At the same time Beins is also active in the area of sound installation and he has released more than 30 CDs and LPs on labels like 2,13 Music, Zarek, Erstwhile Records, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth or Confront. His first solo CD, Disco Prova, was released in 2007, followed by Structural Drift, both combining field recordings, percussion material and electronic devices with digital multitracking
7. Ernst Ulrich Deuker – Ernst Ulrich Deuker is a bass player and contrabass clarinet player. He became known with the band Ideal,1968 Deuker received his first electric bass. At the beginning of the 1970s he founded with his brother Martin the political rock band Linkerton in Berlin, in 1979 was the first meeting of the Neue Deutsche Welle formation Ideal. 1980 the first album Ideal came out,1981 the record producer Conny Plank produced the album Der Ernst des Lebens. Tours and festivals followed include as well as various television appearances, the band broke up in early 1983. In 1982, after attending a concert by Howard Johnson, Deuker discovered his interest for the contrabass clarinet and he needed two years to obtain a suitable copy of this unusual instrument. Since the early 2000s he worked closely as a contrabass-clarinetist with jazz musicians,2004 Deuker was also frontman, singer, guitarist and contrabass clarinetist of the avant-pop project EU COMMISSION. Since 2009 he is playing in the Deep Down Clarinet Duo with Theo Jörgensmann and, with young musicians, Ideal Deep Down Clarinet Duo on myspace
8. Thomas Lehn – Thomas Lehn is a German piano and synthesizer player active in free improvisation and contemporary music. Lehn has recorded with Marcus Schmickler, Keith Rowe, John Butcher, Phil Minton, Phil Durrant, Radu Malfatti, Axel Dörner, Cor Fuhler, Gerry Hemingway and he is a member of the electronic orchestra M. I. M. E. O. In 1997 Lehn formed a free improvisation band Konk Pack, thermal Big Deep Warp Out Off Leash Official Site A Profile Konk Pack
9. Klaus Nomi – Klaus Sperber, better known as Klaus Nomi, was a German countertenor noted for his wide vocal range and an unusual, otherworldly stage persona. Nomi was known for his bizarrely visionary theatrical live performances, heavy make-up, unusual costumes, and his songs were equally unusual, ranging from synthesizer-laden interpretations of classical opera to covers of 1960s pop standards like Chubby Checkers The Twist and Lou Christies Lightnin Strikes. He is remembered in the United States as one of David Bowies backup singers for a 1979 performance on Saturday Night Live, Nomi died in 1983 at the age of 39 as a result of complications from AIDS. Klaus Nomi was born Klaus Sperber in Immenstadt, Bavaria, Germany on January 24,1944. In the 1960s, he worked as an usher at the Deutsche Oper in West Berlin where he sang for the other ushers, around that time he also sang opera arias at the Berlin gay discothèque Kleist Casino. Nomi moved to New York City in 1972 and he began his involvement with the art scene based in the East Village. According to a film made by Andrew Horn, Nomi took singing lessons. In 1972, Nomi appeared in a camp production of Richard Wagners Das Rheingold at Charles Ludlams Ridiculous Theater Company as the Rheinmaidens. Nomi came to the attention of New York Citys art scene in 1978 with his performance in New Wave Vaudeville, dressed in a skin-tight spacesuit with clear plastic cape, Nomi sang the aria Mon cœur souvre à ta voix from Camille Saint-Saëns 1877 opera Samson et Dalila. The performance ended with a crash of strobe lights, smoke bombs. Joey Arias recalled, I still get goose pimples when I think about it and it was like he was from a different planet and his parents were calling him home. When the smoke cleared, he was gone, the reaction was so overwhelmingly positive that he was invited to perform at clubs all over New York City. At the New Wave Vaudeville show Klaus Nomi met Kristian Hoffman, Hoffman was a performer and MC in the second incarnation of New Wave Vaudeville and a close friend of Susan Hannaford and Tom Scully, who produced the show, and Ann Magnuson, who directed it. Anya Phillips, then manager of James Chance and the Contortions, suggested Nomi, Hoffman helped Nomi choose his pop covers, including the Lou Christie song Lightnin Strikes. Hoffman wrote several pop songs with which Nomi is closely identified, The Nomi Song, Total Eclipse, After The Fall, and Simple Man and this configuration of the Klaus Nomi band performed at Manhattan clubs, including several performances at Maxs Kansas City, Danceteria and Hurrah. Disagreements with the management Nomi engaged led to a dissolution of this band and he also appeared on Manhattan Cables TV Party. David Bowie heard about Nomis performances in New York and soon met him, Bowie hired them as performers and backup singers for his appearance on Saturday Night Live which aired on December 15,1979. The band performed TVC15, The Man Who Sold the World, during the performance of TVC15, Nomi and Arias dragged around a large prop pink poodle with a television screen in its mouth