"The piece is 36 minutes in length and draws into itself a diverse range of sounds that Jan St. Werner has recorded during his stay in Marfa along with elements recorded elsewhere but which reasserted themselves in this place. The piece manages to be site specific, but without being orthodoxly so. The train is a representative element in that it contributes a significant aspect to the town, and to the piece, because it omes from elsewhere, appears and then returns to farther away. So did the poet Clark Coolidge appear; and musicians Primo Carrasco, Max and John Ferguson, Scott Hawkins and David Grubbs; so, too, the various anonymous visitors to the Marfa Lights’ Viewing Station and linguist Lynette Melnar; and almost everyone, including Jan and myself. Additionally, Jan has treated the radio event as a sculptural entity, one that can be cut from time and transferred, via recording to other times and places. As such, the piece, which will air on Marfa Public Radio this Wednesday, is marked by the station itself, and therefore by the people of this area, but this same marking will appear again on WDR 3 German Public Radio at some point in the future and for that performance, German Public Radio will be marked by Marfa." Tim Johnson


Paper works, records, objects & vinyl print.



first release of the "Fiepblatter Catalogue" series on Thrill Jockey

Jan St. Werner - Feed Opener


Four audiovisual compositions played as one continous loop. Kunstverein Munich, March 18th - June 18th, 2013



DAS ASYMMETRISCHE STUDIO 1 Black Manual concert stream
DAS ASYMMETRISCHE STUDIO 1 Black Manual concert video
DAS ASYMMETRISCHE STUDIO 2 Helmut Lachenmann / Jan St. Werner DJ session & talk
DAS ASYMMETRISCHE STUDIO 3 Andrey Smirnov: Music out of Noise, Light and Paper
DAS ASYMMETRISCHE STUDIO 4 miscontinuum opera with Kathy Alberici, Taigen Kawabe & Markus Popp


Wichtel & die Wuchteln: "falscher Auerhahn" 12" picture disc, no label
Ingrid Wiener, Oswald Wiener, Rosa Barba, Klaus Sander & Jan St. Werner. Edit of a live performance at Villa Romana, Florence, 2011. Curated by Angelika Stepken.
"Sound & noise collages played live with additional singing, percussion and subtle instrumentation. Somewhere between early Franco Battiato, Throbbing Gristle, Napolitanian folk music and selten gehoerte Musik."

order at a-musik
Wichtel & die Wuchteln interview with Ingrid Wiener


Opera by Jan St. Werner featuring Kathy Alberici, Taigen Kawabe and Markus Popp.

Radio Version Bayerischer Rundfunk Radio BR2
Premiere at Kunstverein Muenchen June 18th 2013


Radio composition for WDR Studio Akustische Kunst.
"36 Sekunden dauerte der Satz, in dem Karlheinz Stockhausen während eines Vortrags in den frühen 1970er-Jahren die heute gängige kompositorische Praxis des Time Stretchings voraussah: „Wenn wir einen beliebigen Klang nehmen und ihn ausbreiten, also entlang der Zeitachse ausdehnen, bis zu einer Dauer von 20 Minuten, einen Klang, der vielleicht ein oder zwei Sekunden lang war, als wir ihn aufnahmen, dann haben wir eine Musik, ein musikalisches Stück, dessen gesamte Form entlang der Zeitachse die Ausdehnung dieser mikro-akustischen Zeitstruktur ist, die in diesem Klang steckte.“ Fünf Jahre nach dessen Tod nimmt Jan St. Werner Stockhausen beim Wort: Stockhausens Statement ist gleichermaßen Material und granulare Syntax für eine Komposition, in der sich nicht nur akustische und digitale Signale überlagern, sondern auch Substanz und Methode verschmelzen. Mit Hilfe digitaler Klanganalyse- & Synthesetechniken und Timestretching zieht Werner musikalisches Erbgut aus Stockhausens Stimme. Durch die Hinzunahme akustischer Instrumente wie Cello (Michael Rauter), Cembalo (Clemens Flick) und Perkussion (Matthias Engler) werden harmonische, tonale und rhythmische Verdichtungen herausgearbeitet und musikalisch konkretisiert."

WDR3 Studio Akustische Kunst
stream / download


may 6th 2012 bunker eliason/rehberger


A P R I L 2 6 — M A Y 6 Wednesday – Sunday, 5 – 9 pm
Virchowstraße 6 10249 Berlin

WORKS BY AEAEAEAE, Rune Bosse, Julius von Bismarck, Julian Charrière, Merlin Carter, Andreas Dzialocha, Leon Eixenberger, Olafur Eliasson and TR, Eric Ellingsen, Tomas Espinosa, Maresa Fiege, Fabian Gisler, Andreas Greiner, Felix Meyer, Rodrigo Maltez Novaes, Markus Hoffmann, Jeremias Holliger, Friederike Horbrügger, Clara Jo, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Felix Kiessling, Jonas Kesseler, Fabian Knecht, Hans-Henning Korb, Felix Lüke, Laura McLardy, Macarena Ruiz-Tagle, Andrea Sanzvela, Martin Schick, Tiago Romagnani Silveira, Diana Sprenger, Wilm Thoben, Alvaro Urbano, Raul Walch, Jan St. Werner, Euan Williams, Hendrik Wolking


First instalement of a new audiovisual series by Jan St. Werner with assistance of Karl Kliem on the occasion of Oswald Wiener's symposium "Innenschau/Zusammenschau", Sept. 16th/17th 2011, Kunsthaus Muerz, Austria.


"The sources for "Formationen" are early solo recordings produced with synthesizers and tapes in 1992 and 1993, during Werner's collaborations with F.X.Randomiz and his first experiments with Andi Toma that should be released later under the alias Mouse on Mars. Werner found those early tapes a while ago, re-mastered and carefully re-worked them, and the result are four stunning pieces of beautiful electronic music." limited vinyl edition of 300 copies. (a-musik)


Klangwerkstatt is premiering two compositions by Jan St. Werner. "Fetzen 1-20" for electronics and solo cello played and co-composed by Michael Rauter and "Meteoronomie" for metronome and electronics.

Nov 7th, 2010
Künstlerhaus Bethanien - Studio 1
Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U1, U8, Bus 140 Kottbusser Tor
Tickets: +49 30 902 981 439


Solistenensemble KALEIDOSKOP

11. | 12. | 13.02.2010

Radialsystem V - Berlin


A new composition for the ICA that uses the structure and daily sounds of the building. Arranging drones from harmoniums with soundpockets produced by ICA staff, the work exists throughout the ICA for one day.
"Three players and three harmoniums are located in separate areas of the ICA. The sound of the first player who plays vibraphone is relayed to an amp in the room of the second player. The sound of the second player who plays guitar, and the sound of his amp, are relayed to player 3. Player 3- who is playing guitar, and the sound of his amp, are relayed to a fourth amp located at the entrance of the building. Every 15 minutes each player chooses one of a given number of note groups. Each player repeats the chosen note group three times. Player 1 starts every quarter of an hour. Player 2 joins in when player 1 is playing his note group for the second time. Player 3 joins in when player 2 is playing her note group for the second time."

ICA, The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH
22 November 2009


Spatial composition for church bells, church organ, brass orchestra, bicycle sound system, vibraphone, recorders, street noises and electronics.
Piazza Della Repubblica, Foligno, Italy, June 27th, 2009, 9.00 - 19.00


The Noisemashinetapes Archive includes extensive holdings of 20th and 21st century music recordings and special collections mixed and edited by Jan St Werner between 1998-2008. The archive is hosted by ChickenHed.


Noise Room
An artificial listening site created by Jan St Werner
Friday 29 August to Sunday 28 September 2008

Gallery and Studios
8 Angel Mews
London N1 9HH
T +44 (0)20 7278 8226
F +44 (0)20 7278 2544
Open: Wednesday-Sunday 12-6pm


sonig is an independent music label for experimental, electronic and non genre specific music. the artist roster is international and features bands, solo artists and art related music projects. sonig is based in cologne and shares offices with a-musik, the specialist shop, distributor and label for all kinds of outsider music. sonig is also running a mail order service and alternatively offers products through online stores such as itunes or amazon. sonig is run by frank dommert, jan st werner and andi toma.

A&E / Aelters / Audiogarde / Baleine 3000 / C-Schulz / C-Schulz & F.X.Randomiz / Candie Hank / DJ Elephant Power / Dogr / Dü / F.X.Randomiz / Fan Club Orchestra / Fanal / Hajsch / Jason Forrest / Kevin Blechdom / Lithops / Michel Waisvisz / Microstoria / Mouse On Mars / Nathan Michel / Noisemashinetapes / Patric Catani/Chris Imler/Jorinde Voigt / Schlammpeitziger / Scratch Pet Land / Sun OK Papi K.O. / The Allophons / Uské Orchestra / Vert / Wang Inc. / Wevie De Crepon / Workshop / Xberg Dhirty6 Cru

sonig, kleiner griechenmarkt 28-30, 50676 koeln, germany.



„Mit Vorgemischte Welt legen Klaus Sander und Jan St. Werner die anregendsten Gedanken zum Thema Musik und deren ästhetische Bedingungen seit Jahren vor. Wer sich auch nur ein wenig über Musik als traditionelles Beruhigungsmedium hinaus für tatsächlich auch soziologische, biologische, ökonomische oder ästhetische Fragen des Kunstschaffens interessiert, darf an diesem Buch nicht vorbeigehen. Pflichtlektüre!“ (Der Standard, Wien)
Suhrkamp Verlag


Wichtel und die Wuchteln: Hämchen Hämchen
Wuchtel und die Wichteln: Wunderschöner junger Mann
CD-Single featuring Ingrid & Oswald Wiener, Rosa Barba, Anja Theismann, Klaus Sander & Jan St. Werner
ISBN: 978-3-932513-67-1
Euro 12,00


The NOISE ROOM is an autonomous surround sound installation built for pre-recorded musical works and sonic experiments. It is a musical deconstruction of a room-within-a-room as much as it is a sound studio sculpture. Each musical work which is performed in the NOISE ROOM has been selected, edited and arranged for a listening situation in which the listeners can dedicate themselves to a maximum listening experience. The pieces presented in the NOISE ROOM refer specifically to the concept of a so-called ‘speaker’ concert in contrast to a so-called ‘live’ concert. Each composition will be played back through a multi-channel 5.1 speaker setup that is configured according to the spatial acoustics of the NOISE ROOM. The NOISE ROOM is a project of Jan St. Werner, former artistic director of STEIM and member of Mouse on Mars.
The NOISE ROOM features compositions by: Lee Ranaldo, Black Dice, Kevin Blechdom, Stereolab, Mouse on Mars, Lithops, Sun ok papi k.o., David Grubbs, Vert, Jason Forrest, Daniel Schorno, Casey Rice, Robert van Heumen, Jeff Carey, Hrvatski.

A cd with stereo versions of selected Noise Room pieces has been released on sonig

Otto Rössler: Descartes' Traum

Otto E. Rössler: Descartes' Traum
"Der Chaosforscher Otto E. Rössler (geboren 1940), Professor für Theoretische Chemie und Spezialist für Nichtspezialisiertheit, ist ein hinreißender Erzähler, der seine Hörer mit Begeisterung anzustecken versteht. Der Entdecker des nach ihm benannten Rössler-Attraktors hält die Wissenschaft für eine wichtige Aufgabe und gleichzeitig für ein Spiel, er schätzt Gehirngleichungen und die Theorie der Menschenrechte. In eigens für diese CD aufgenommenen improvisierten Kurzvorträgen berichtet er von der unendlichen Macht des Außenstehens, von Heraklit's Joystick und Descartes’ Traum, spricht über Mikrorelativität, Bewußtsein, Quantenwelten und Chaos ohne Charakter, entwickelt eine kleine Theorie des Lächelns und entdeckt das Wunder des Jetzt."


Starting from the idea of producing a remix album of Mouse on Mars in book-form, Jan St.Werner and Andi Toma, in conjunction with the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, asked over 30 artists, musicians, designers and scientists to document their imaginative responses to and associations with Mouse on Mars. They were invited to contribute works for the project without actually generating any sound. Inspired by the music of Mouse on Mars (to be viewed as ‘work in progress’ rather than something striving to be complete), ideas, sketches and designs were originated, which correspond to a fantastical, occasionally formal, but always personal analysis of what it means to experience music.
The exhibition featured works by Heike Baranowsky, Rosa Barba, Laurent Baudoux, Armin Boehm, Michel Carré, Katja Davar, Diango Hernández, Waseem Khan, Matthias Köchling, Dirk Königsfeld, Stefan Kozalla, Simon Lewis, Jean-François Moriceau & Petra Mrzyk, Soulis Moustakidis, Daniel Roth, Constantin Rothkopf, Silke Schatz, Christian Schwarzwald, Alice Stepanek/Steven Maslin, Leif Trenkler, Emmett Williams, Jo Zimmermann.

doku/fiction publication edited by Kunsthalle Düsseldorf 160 pages & CD 16.8 x 24 cm released: April 2004
ISBN: 3-89955-03-8
Softcover, incl. CD with 9 audio tracks by Mouse on Mars. Design by Frieda Luczak, Icon Communications Design, Cologne
Using Mouse on Mars' songs, albums and concerts as inspiration, 37 artists, musicians, designers and academics have created commentaries, paintings, drawings and collages for this book. The results gathered here document the visual, artistic and theoretical contexts of modern electronic music as well as a range of personal interpretations of what it’s like to experience it. The book contains essays by author and journalist Dietmar Dath as well as Professor Siegfried Zielinski of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne in addition to an interview of linguist and cyberneticist Oswald Wiener by Jan St. Werner. As an added bonus, the book includes an audio CD featuring 9 exclusive Mouse on Mars tracks referring to the production of the remix artworks. The concept for an accompanying exhibition was born out of the book project. It is held at the German museum Kunsthalle Duesseldorf from April 4 through June 27, 2004.
doku/fiction publication