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Frank Bretschneider: white, male, electronic musician

March 29, 2009
  • Is life an inspiration to make music or is music inspiration to live?
    >I make my living from music and make music to survive.<
  • What would you do if there wouldn’t be music, starting with tomorrow?
    >probably die<
  • …and what if you had to produce in a different music genre? What would that be?
    >Heavy Metal<
  • The beauty of silence or the chaos of noises?
    >the beauty of silence<
  • What’s your favourite album ever?
    >I dont have only one, so here are some I never get tired to hear over and over again:
    Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
    The Temptations – Masterpiece
    Wheather Report – 1st
    Terje Rypdal, Miroslav Vitous, Jack DeJohnette – same
    Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
    Can – Monster Movie
    and all music by J.J. Cale<
  • …and your favourite album cover?
    >Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon< (click for larger image)

  • Is there some music you like – but ashamed to admit it?
    >actually not<
  • If you could be a rock star, who would you be?
    >Jimi Hendrix<
  • Do you have a role model?
    >no<
  • Who would you like to meet the most?
    >absolutely no idea<
  • What are your favourite movies?
    >Brazil, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stalker, Solaris, Blow Up, Requiem For A Dream, A Clockwork Orange<
  • If you had to direct your own movie, how would it look like?
    >like my visuals<
  • Who’s your favourite writer or poet?
    >Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.<
  • What’s your favourite food?
    >basic stuff: potatoes, bread, rice<
  • Do you prefer cooking or eating?
    >eating<
  • Name three things you love the most about women.
    >grace, intelligence, a smile<
  • …and three things you hate about them.
    >childish behaviour, silly clothes, wrong make up<
  • Which language would you like to speak most and why?
    >probably an asian language, vietnamese, japanese, chinese…<
  • How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
    >electronic musician, white, male, middleclass<
  • What are your vices?
    >lazy, indecisive, ironic, reserved, taciturn<
  • What is the most unusual comment anyone has ever made about you?
    >can´t remember<
  • What was the nicest thing somebody ever did to you?
    >when the girl I was in love invited me for her birthday party<
  • The best moment in your life?
    >if people enjoy my music<
  • What does beauty mean to you?
    >a lot<
  • What’s your favourite picture about yourself? (click on the picture for full size!)

  • What’s your most favourite picture you made?
    >I dont make photos<
  • What would you do today if the world would end tomorrow?
    >watching the sunset, a glass of whiskey in one hand, a joint in the other.<
  • Which places you love the most?
    >my studio, Berlin<
  • Who’s your favourite superhero and why?
    >I don´t have any heroes<
  • What’s your favourite flavour?
    >Whiskey<
  • Three things you could never get rid of?
    >coffee, cigarettes, cleaning up<
  • Your three favourite websites?
    >Don’t have any<
  • What is the question you always would have liked to be asked but nobody ever did?
    >I don’t know…<

Frank Bretschneider (born 1956) is a German electronic musician, composer and video artist in Berlin. He works primarily with sine waves and white noise as his source material. He also releases material under the name Komet . His work is known for precise sound placement, complex, interwoven rhythm structures and its minimal, flowing approach. Described as “abstract analogue pointilism”, “ambience for spaceports” or “hypnotic echochamber pulsebeat”, Bretschneider´s subtle and detailed music is echoed by his visuals: perfect translated realizations of the qualities found in music within visual phenomena.
After studying fine arts and publishing several graphic editions, he began to satisfy his obsession for electronic music in 1984 by starting his first tape experiments and running a cassette label. With the founding of AG Geige in 1986, a successful and influential band of East Germany´s musical underground, he began to explore the possibilities of an exchange between visual art and music by various means such as film, video or computer graphics. After the fall of the wall and the split of the band Bretschneider continued producing music and in 1996 he and Olaf Bender founded the record label Rastermusic which finally merged with Carsten Nicolai‘s Noton to form raster-noton in 1999. Since then he has been releasing his work through several record labels including 12k, Mille Plateaux and contributed to some well-known compilations like “Clicks & Cuts” on Mille Plateaux or Raster-Noton´s “20′ To 2000″ series.
He has performed at music and new media festivals such as Ars Electronica, Cut & Splice, Mutek, Offf, Sonar, Steirischer Herbst, Transmediale, Ultima, etc. In addition to his solo work he has cooperated with Taylor Deupree, Olafur Eliasson, Steve Roden and Ralph Steinbrüchel. With Olaf Bender and Carsten Nicolai he runs Signal, another Raster-Noton project.

For more news and information on upcoming shows check out his website and his MySpace page, for more music and full discogaphy feel free to use Discogs and last.fm.

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