Erased Tapes is 10! Robert Raths released a wonderful collection of great music from my favourite label, click here
"I simply want to tell a story, whether that’s by compiling this annual collection of songs that connects the dots between all these works of music we had the honour of releasing over the years, or curating a label in general. It helps me reminisce and revisit the moments that brought us all closer together, that make us human. With each year the picture becomes clearer and the message less reliant on words. I hope that this music helps the listener as much as it helps me to keep imagining, keep focusing, keep awake in a time when silence and peace is so hard to come by. May our new space provide a haven, reflecting these values we share and allowing people to find a moment to slow down in this fast-paced world we live in." – Robert Raths
New project with Alexander Seemann (piano) .... gigs and info coming soon!
Körperfresser! New radioplay by Wittmann/Zeitblom, watch it here.
New PRAG longplayer in the pipeline.....
AUTOMAT´s China tour last december was a blast. Thanks to everyone who was involved, especially the kind people at THANK YOU. Hope we will get back to China soon.....we did an interview with Noisey in Bejing, watch it here.
From Detroit techno and hip-hop's early sampling experiments to Terre Thaemlitz, electronic music has long proven its political potential, even in instrumental form. With OstWest, Berlin-based electronic-kraut-dub trio Automat complete their LP trilogy with a deep and entrancing take on the failures of neoliberalism. Recorded in 2015 at Candy Bomber Studios in Berlin's former Tempelhof Airport at the height of the European refugee crisis, the band found itself neighbours of thousands of refugees from across the Middle East and Africa who were being provided temporary housing in the airports former hangars directly below the studio.
With the first two parts of the Automat trilogy centering on Berlinâ€™s airports (2014's self-titled 1st LP) and dub's hardware of sonic space travel (2015's PlusMinus), OstWest stands as a musical interpretation of the impact of these thousands of new arrivals within Germany and the EU, as well as the rise of xenophobic political movements spurned on by the Brexit. The result is a series of atmospheric and rhythmic meditations that provide the foundation for swirling electronics and the bass-heavy sounds of a changing Europe – from the musical perspective of longtime Berlin residents who have already experienced the destruction of post-Cold War optimism shortly after the fall of the Wall.
More driving than previous recordings, OstWest is made up of a series of first takes. While the opener "Ost" features a melange of samples, meandering organ and synth stabs that recall both Count Ossie and Basic Channel, it's with the second track "Fabrik der Welt" that the band's kraut-y push – also featured later on "Europa" – charges forward. Where historically Europe has been used by the likes of Kraftwerk and Cluster as a metaphor for space and freedom of travel, Automat recast it as a dark rain ride to refuge, shaped by the sounds of claps and samples that race past the listener on the way to an uncertain future.
The feeling of stylistic exploration remains throughout OstWest in the loping riddims and acid-jazz-like "Tränenpalast" and "Tempelhof", with the former ("Palace of Tears") named after a border crossing between East and West Germany, and the latter a shelter for new immigrants to Germany. The band's continued collaboration with Max Loderbauer ("Ost", "Tränenpalast", "Yuko", "West") is reflected in touches of modular synthesis, which augment the melding of acoustic drums and electronics. It's a sound Automat have honed since their first LP, and one that grooves with authority.
16 years after the recording of the album, "Gift" by Pia Lund will finally be released on october 21!
Also a new release by Phillip Boa And The Voodooclub, Blank Expression! I played on few tracks on this singles retrospective. The album went straight to no.8 in the official german longplayer charts! Congrats to Mr. B!
I´m using Heil Sound Microphones now. Excellent dynamic mics! The PR-40, PR-48 and PR-30 microphones are just outstanding:-)
Project Pitchfork Tour! 16 shows starting on september 23rd...
Danny Dziuk´s new album "Wer auch immer, was auch immer, wo auch immer" wins "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" . Glückwunsch! Beside a few german shows we will play two shows in Minsk, Belarus in october.
highly-anticipated new album ‘Spells’ has arrived!
Today marks the release of Ben Lukas Boysen’s ‘Spells’, his first ever release as an Erased Tapes recording artist. 'Spells' merges programmed piano pieces with live instruments, combining the controllable technical world and the often unpredictable aspects of live improvisation. Friend and label-mate Nils Frahm mixed and mastered the album. Ben is not a master pianist like his dear friend, but his sound collages are so meticulously designed that after hearing the result an impressed Nils declared: “from now on, if anyone asks – this is a real piano”.
“Finding my views understood, reflected and welcomed by Erased Tapes was an encouraging experience, crowned by the offer to release ‘Spells’ and re-issue ‘Gravity’ with them. Through many caring conversations with Robert I felt that there’s no better home for the existing ideas and no better cradle for new ones.” – Ben Lukas Boysen
'Tremulous, quiet, deeply emotional arrangements' (7.5) – XLR8R
'Strangely upbeat nocturnes' – The Wire
'It's just incredible' – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music
'A sound-collage masterpiece' ★★★★★ – Musikexpress
A big THANK YOU to Mr. Beier :-)!! Best steel snaredrums ever!
Erased Tapes says.......
Danny Dziuk: " Wer auch immer, was auch immer, wo auch immer" out on april 8th on Buschfunk records ....
Eisbrecher: Both "Die Hölle muss warten" & "Schock" longplayers receive gold status in germany! Cheers!
Eisbrecher Tour & festivals 2016! See lives dates!
AUTOMAT in the studio! Recordings for the third album will start mid october.
On october 12 Prag will play a special show at Berlin´s Astra. See details here:
Also: Radio broadcast of "Mit heiler Haut" on october, 24th. I played drums on this great radioplay, realised by Wittmann/Zeitblom.
AUTOMAT tours Australia! We will play 4-5 shows in november. See live dates!
Peter Heppner accoustic tour 2015 - see live dates!
Happy to announce that from now on I'm playing the wonderful Istanbul Mehmet cymbals exclusively. Please visit their homepage www.istanbulmehmet.com or the go to the german distribution site www.musikwein.de
Bureau B Kollektion 04 compiled by Richard Fearless ( 1 track by Automat), Vinyl & CD
Kyffhäuser-Unternehmen Barbarossa-Träume vom Tod! CD only released on Belleville Verlag (Live recording Berliner Volksbühne 2012 mit Automat/Blixa Bargeld/Meret Becker/Nadeshda Brennicke/Jens Harzer/Ulrich Matthes/Bernhard Schütz)
The newwill be out on may, 29th on records. Two vinyl editions of collaborations with Max Loderbauer and Camera have been released in march and april, also on Bureau B.
Coming up are some recordings for some radioplays, which will feature music by zeitblom and Automat. I also will be involved in recording session for a tribute album dedicated to the late singer/composer Rainer Lakomy, who used to be a famous east german artist producing songs for children since the 70´s.
Recordings for the new Automat at Candybomber Studio Berlin have been finished. Produced by Ingo Krauss and Automat the album will be released in late spring 2015.
The new Eisbrecher album "Schock" hits the german charts at no. 2 ! The new Prag album "Kein Abschied" hits the charts at no. 36!
Other releases in january / february are the second Martin Dean album "Dr. Blue And Mr. Gold" , and the the 10" vinyl release of Don Rogall and Earl Zinger, called Vol.2 on Stag-O-Lee records. A soon to be released CD will feature all the tracks from the two 10"s plus some bonus tracks.
New Record Release: Automat/Schneider TM : Bootleg Split 12" on Bureau B records . Release is 10.10.14!
Another hot release! Earl Zinger & Don Rogall - Vol. 1 .... strictly limited 10" vinyl in a series of two 10" 's ..... Vol. 2 will be released soon, a CD with all the vinyl tracks plus 3 bonus tracks will follow! All releases on www.stag-o-lee.com !
I added some more live shows for 2015. There is more to come!
.....and here's some equipment news: I am endorsing the Drumit Five sound module by 2Box. For information about this little wonderbox go to www.2box.se
New releases in the pipeline! This spring a couple of new records will be released, such as the second album by Martin Dean, the debut album by Don Rogall & Earl Zinger, a new Prag single and much more......coming soon!
October sees the comeback of my collaboration with Alexander Seemann on piano and harmonium. Only three shows in Bremen.
Automat debut LP/CD out on april, 4th! USA release april, 29th !
RECORD STORE DAY on april, 19th..... Special limited split 12" EP with Automat and Kreidler