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if a child’s nursery features not a tin drum but two turntables including a mixer, the occupant is most certainly not preparing for some kind of folkloristic brass band event in his contemplative bavarian hometown of regensburg…
the specialised press calls markus guentner - who is a renowned minimal and ambient musician as well as a dj –the “inventor of pop ambient”. for quite a while he’s been creating his tracks in his home town of regensburg, but they are now equally popular with cologne label kompakt and mathias schaffhaeuser’s ware imprint.
since his debut album “in moll” (2001) guentner’s tracks have increased in groove and grew into the smooth techhouse-tracks on the successor “audio island”, which appeared two years later. his remix of the talk talk classic “such a shame” ended up on the turntables of djs around the globe. and just like his songs, markus guentner is a popular guest in clubs across the usa, asia and europe.
in 2005, markus guentner released his third album “1981”. each of the eight album tracks easily runs for seven minutes and largely gets along without beats. this is ambient music at its purest.
at the end of the year, a rework album called „underarms/sideways“ was published on the legendary british label 4ad and represented a continuous ambient production for the hero of the indie shoegaze label ivo russel-watts aka the hope blister.
in march 2006, the ware-album „lovely society“ was released. on this album, the artist once again published his latest 4-2-the-floor tracks, the same as he’s been doing since 2001, but for the first time he also proved vehemently that his understanding of house and techno goes way beyond dub and minimal house.
spex magazine describes guentner as a „minimalist metropolis refuser”, who thanks to his affinity to ambient and shoegazing pop and indie manages to “put works into the world that are extremely smart from a popcultural perspective”.
however, markus guentner intends to achieve more than to just make music from regensburg. since last year he’s been the co-host of a regular club event called sublime, which aims to unite indie, shoegaze and electronica under
the same disco ball.
until today there where many remixes and compilation-contributions. also soundtracks and scoring is a big field in the repertoire of markus. on the market of sampling-dvds is markus well known. he created the dvd 'ambient works' for ueberschall.
together with mtv-anchorman markus kavka he created the project 'm²' in 2008. the very emotional but clubby sound is characteristic for their tracks.
three years after the last album release his fifth album called 'doppelgaenger' came out on the dutch label 'sending orbs'. the press praised the album as markus' best and again managed to grab his listeners with the 'quiet tones'.
in the end of 2009 markus played exclusively his first ambient-liveact in ann arbor / mi, usa for an art project called: collapsing borders
all in all a very exciting way of life, which is sure not over yet ...