Jan St. Werner, member of the band mouse on mars
, co founder of the music label sonig
and director of fiepblatter
lives and works in Berlin.
1. Whitehouse - Live Action 39 Reseda 6-21-84
one of the coolest live electronic music perfomances ever. if kraftwerk would have performed like that they could have skipped the robot fake part and go straight to pop heaven.
2. Masonna @ Helluva Lounge, Kobe (May 2010)
not really pure electronic, rather an effect distortion cabaret in a beautiful stage design. you don't know if any of the sounds are live and still it is such an outstanding performance.
3. Yannis Xenakis - Mycenae Alpha
it's always hard to identify which actions exactly trigger which sounds in an electronic music performance. xenakis' upic system provides the most obvious and honest translation: you can see exactly what you hear. as live as it gets in granular synthesis.
4. Jacques Tati - PLAYTIME
tati's playtime is one is of my most favourite movies ever. it's all choreographed around sound. this is a sequence in a hyper modern office building where the concierge is playing the most fantastic sequencer imaginable. replay, switch off the image and just listen to the sounds.
5. Tatu Tyni's tap dancing cards
tatu tyni the godfather of skweee in one of his magic dance trigger performances.
6.Radioboy live @ Music Plane
perfect performance with a noble purpose. herbert as radioboy replaces the 808 with flaky cornflakes packages. bonus: introduction by mtv veteran ray cokes.
7. Michel Waisvisz - Crackle Synthesizer
michel waisvisz' crackle synthesizer, probably the most immediate and beautiful synthesizer ever built. unfortunately it's not michel who plays it in this video.
8. Michael Waisvisz - the Hands
so here is a clip with michel waisvisz, inventor the crackle synth. michel was also the director of steim, amsterdam's legendary institute for electronic music research. he is using his other famous electronic instrument "the hands" in this clip.
9. Dick Raaijmakers - Intona (1992)
as there is no category for live microphonic music we lump this into live electronic. dutch composer dick raaijmakers doing all the things you ever dreamed of doing to a microphone.
10. Dj Elephant Power - Scratch Tv- Part 2
to round up this little journey into the world of concrete musical abstraction here is a live scratch anthem by dj elephant power.