In May 1995 the first releases from a new label from Vienna came out. The label was called Mego. Over the years, Mego has become a synonymous with the finest experimental electronics, noise, post-industrial and improvisation. To celebrate 20 successful years of label history, there will be a number of showcases around the world. In Berlin on 14 October at Kantine am Berghain featuring Markus Schmickler, EVOL, and a rare live show by Thomas Brinkmann.
Piethopraxis is Marcus Schmickler’s sound production facility operating from Cologne.
Marcus Schmickler has written numerous pieces for electronic music, chamber ensemble, choir and orchestra, which have been premiered by renowned ensembles and musicicans. Next to his musical work, he has also worked on installations and radioplays as well as collaborating vastly in the field of theatre and film. Lately, he has been interested in the epistemic dimensions of music/sound.
German artist Thomas Brinkmann (b.1959) is an innovator and iconic producer of experimental minimal techno music. After leaving the Art Academy of Düsseldorf in the eighties he began experimenting with vinyl records. Through the mid-90’s Brinkmann became known for his unique techniques utilizing customized dual-tone-arm turntables and generating live beats and patterns by cutting directly into prepared vinyl with razors. He gained a wide reputation with his re-workings of material by fellow artists Mike Ink and Richie Hawtin, released in the second half of the 90s.
Brinkmann later founded the Ernst record label and introduced his own productions on a series of 12″ records taking their titles from female names. He has since expanded his extensive production catalog on his own Max Ernst label, as well as other highly respected labels such as Traum Schallplatten, Raster-Noton, Mute Records (under the Soul Center alias) and Editions Mego.
Roc Jimenez de Cisneros and Stephen Sharp make computer music for hooligans and deconstructed rave objects. Their music has been published on record labels like Editions Mego, Diagonal, Entr’acte, Presto!?, or their very own Alku, and showcased at festivals, clubs, galleries and museums throughout the world. EVOL recordings, installations and performances have a unique approach to sound matter, full of upward spirals, trance inducing patterns and challenging temporal structures.