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Here comes the 3rd episode of spiel:feld´s live-set series with focus on live-playing producers.
spiel:feld´s live operation with ... Kraut Sounds !!!
1 hour finest deep dub electronic - all played LIVE by Kraut Sounds with several equipment.
★ Kraut Sounds´ equipment:
Roland SH 101
Yamaha SU 10
Korg MS 20 (borrowed)
Korg iMS 20
Boss DR 55
Various additional analogue and digital effects
Field recording samples
Tascam Portastudio 424 MK II (used as pre-mixing unit)
Cubase Elements 6
Tracklisting of the live set:
1. LSD (Late Summer Dub)
2. Harmonia Pt. 1
3. Harmonia Pt. 2
4. Raum 1 (Mirror Dub)
5. Raum 2
6. Blue Sphere
8. Mare (Infinity)
Born and raised in Munich, now living in the countryside near the Alps. Formerly playing in bands, DJing and writing, since spring 2012 doing Kraut Sounds.
Islands EP *** (Dub Techno Blog Exclusive 001, UK Dec 2012)
Space Mantra EP *** (Büro für Erdrotation Spin 001, GER Jan 2013)
Ambient Drones EP *** (Büro für Erdrotation Spin 002, GER April 2013)
Ambient Drones Pt. 2 EP *** (Büro für Erdrotation Spin 003, GER June 2013)
Arctic EP *** (Adeptlabel adpt 011, Spain August 2013)
Summer Storm *** (Track on Echogarden Compilation Vol. 1 eg.comp.1, GER August 2013)
Kraut Sounds vs. Drum Tracks - Mare EP *** (Terra Rossa TR_B, GER Sept 2013)
★ a little conversation:
ColtEP: Where are you now and where you wish to be?
Kraut Sounds: I would say I’m right in the middle of today. In the past I played in bands with a defined audience listening at live gigs, nowadays I create tracks at home, spread them via internet and get response from all over the world. I like this universal approach.
ColtEP: What is your inspiration for creating your tracks?
Kraut Sounds: Generally speaking nature, being outside in the countryside, sometimes stuff I read in books/newspapers or see on TV. Usually I have certain pictures in mind and try to reflect them into sounds and rhythms when I start working on new tracks. But sometimes things happen on pure coincidence – for example my track “Summer Storm” for the beautiful Echogarden Compilation which came to my mind during an upcoming thunderstorm, I went outside in the garden and recorded the wind in the trees, the rain and role of thunder. Afterwards the rest of the track was done pretty easily.
ColtEP: Do you have a special approach/strategy for producing your music?
Kraut Sounds: Due to my background as bass player I often start with a bassline or rhythmic elements. But sometimes it’s only twiddling around on my equipment and see what’s happening. It’s a mixture of improvisation and doing things on purpose. Sometimes it kicks from the beginning and there it is, no need for additional overdubs. Maybe it’s sort of a “punk rock” attitude. I like minimal soundscapes with maximum impact.
ColtEP: Where and how do you produce your music?
Kraut Sounds: It’s all done at home, either in my living room or downstairs in the cellar. Formerly I only used analogue equipment, but I’m getting more and more fascinated by using – well – modern technologies like iPad apps of old synthesizers. A great example is the Animoog app of Moog which can be easily integrated in live performances. I used it for this session, too.
ColtEP: What was your musical progress?
Kraut Sounds: I started making music over 20 years ago in a local kraut psychedelic band where I played bass and some electronics. We did a lot of improvisational stuff and strange sounding experiments. When playing live we were never sure where our journey will lead us to – awesome live gigs or complete disaster. In addition I did DJing for many years, that’s where I got more and more addicted to electronic music – techno, dub techno, minimal, ambient stuff and especially old German Kraut Electronic music from the early 70ies. I guess all is reflected in the music of Kraut Sounds.
ColtEP: Which LP´s you would recommend to everybody (maybe 3 or 5)?
Kraut Sounds: Well, difficult question cos I hear a lot of different music and that changes from time to time. I would prefer instead recommending some of my all-time favourites: early Kraftwerk and Hawkwind (early 70ies), Harmonia, Cluster, Suicide, PIL (Metal Box era), The Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Loscil, Pan American, Labradford, Pole, Elektro Guzzi, Attwenger.
ColtEP: What do you wish for your future?
Kraut Sounds: Continue making and releasing music, do some collaborations with like-minded people, do live perfomances and start DJing again.
THANK YOU, Andreas !!!