I just released my first album - .
The name is but that’s not allowed as a title here… ghost, specter, spirit, spook, wraith are some of the possible translations of the German words Geist and Gespenst which would be the most probable names of the emoji.
I was planning to do so for years but never managed to do the jump over my own shadow of insecurities, now i did and it feels great! Before i just uploaded stuff on soundcloud or compiled recordings and improvisations into mixes, thats not nothing but this one feels different and is a bigger project with a tape release, collaborations and remixes.
I’m making music since i was 12 or something, for a long time making beats, later getting more experimental using pure data et cetera, one year i had a band where i was one of two drummers (playing my nord drum 3p, the other one played acoustic drums) we played haunted pop but were not playing good enough for our own songs There’s a bit of all of that in this album.
I think i used my nord drum and pure data on almost every track, also there are samples from the radio, a friend doing no-input mixer feedback, strings and pianos from mx.samples, me singing into my laptop microphone and a guitar solo from David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Some tracks are almost plain one take recordings of improvisation, one is constructed entirely in bitwig studio, everything else is somewhere inbetween.
I think everything comes together in a feeling of something not quite there, not quite absent, a little weird and haunted.
A friend of mine wrote a little text for the release:
After the fever something has burned out. Everything evaporates, dissolves into dissonance, static architectures, polyphonic dreams, distorted memories and washed out sounds: reminiscences of some place else. Have I become their fears? Mocking their feelings of what they think is being alive: too much of a shell, too hollow as substance, a storage of collective memories and past ideals – but not quite vanished, still enough to interfere. A communal body, bridging the chasm, the echoes, of what could be also part of here.
After I decided to release this I asked some friends if they want to remix something, yesterday i got three really different remixes and there are some more coming soon. I’m really happy about that, it’s a cool experience too hear what other people do with my sounds and an honour that they spend so much time with what i made.
I hope some of you will have a listen, it’s a pay-what-you-want-or-nothing download on bandcamp and there are probably a few tapes coming too. I made 50 tapes from which i’ll give 25 to friends and collaborators and will see if i can sell the remaining on some local events this weekend
If anyone wants to remix something, hit me up!
I finally put up the physical Cassettes on Bandcamp, there are just 5 of 50 left to buy now. You can also DM me here and i’d be happy to do a Tape swap too