"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
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
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)
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 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
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.