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  Das Kraftfuttermischwerk :
Nico Wawersig and Ronny Kraak / Germany
Number of releases : 1
 
Born in 1977 and 1976 Nico Wawersig and Ronny Kraak grew up in eastern Germany – the Wall casting a cloud over Berlin. At the time electronic music was unfamiliar, for cultural activities were of governmental concern. And obviously other musicians were regarded as more important than any kind of subculture. However the first records of Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk appeared in the eighties.

As soon as the wall fell in 1990, an amazing pool of music was there Nico and Ronny to discover.

In the early nineties electronic music went on air in weekly radiotransmissions on KISS FM and DT64 with Steve Mason and Allen Allien.

Ronny and Nico bought records ad infinitum – of course, do go with the two SL-1210s. Shortly after they both visited the Berlin E-Werk. They became frequent visitors. It felt like a cultural revolution to them and they commemorated this on countless weekends. They moved to Berlin to be closer to this new electronic freedom. Eventually Nico Wawersig cleared his savings, bought a TR-808 and a TB-303 which he wore out with constant use. Not only to create music but to understand how this stuff worked and in order to figure out the possibilities of these devices. In an age when everybody tried to produce music with the aid of actual hardware, Ronny and Nico bought an ATARI ST and dozens of antiquated hardware. They sampled Kraftwerk-classics in order to newly-arrange them with radio plays. They created a lot of beatloops on the 808 and pottered around with the 303. In this vein they produced music till 2002.

Gradually they realised that their creativity was being stifled with this technology. A changeover was made, state-of-the-art-technology was bought.

From 1999 they worked as regularly as DJs. They performed on various floors on diverse events due to their musical comprehension they had acquired over the intervening years. Techno, House and Ambient are among their repertoire as well as Psy-Trance - they still have a soft spot for it.

Their preference for unhurried beats and ambient sound collages evolved from chill-floors at the many psy-trance festivals they visited. Additionally icons like Massive Attack, Portishead, and definitely "Wiener Schule" were cutting-edge inspiration for them. They were taken aback by a mixture of organic and electronic sounds.

A crucial turning point, drawing their attention to downbeat music, was the purchase of Norman Feller’s - Album Frameless Structure. Music like that had never been heard before including House and Broken Beatz. Discovering netlabel Thinner they noticed that this very special sound was very much alike the sound they had acquired in the nineties.

Ronny now runs a label with his partner Tobi Ascook called - Tendenzen freier Entfaltung (abbr. TFE Records).
   
   
   
     
     
 
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