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Back on track: Anthony Rother

Future sound from the past

Now, when one thinks of Anthony Rother, the very first word that comes to mind is: pioneer. In the span of more than two decades, he has amassed an extensive musical catalog that is a reflection of his distinctive career as a sonic explorer, tackling aesthetics far beyond electro, techno, and pop music. Early on, Rother demonstrated a wide range of skills, adopting a more mechanical, dry take on his productions which allowed him to explore the grey areas between electro and techno. In 1988, he recorded with like-minded musicians, but it wasn’t until his first solo album in 1997 that his skills came into their own: the mini-LP on Kanzleramt Sex With The Machines, containing six tracks of equally futuristic, intriguing, and gripping sound.

While the emerging electro with funk and moton came from Detroit, the electro with a „Rother groove“ was more daring, calculated, precise, and from Frankfurt.

The track Describe Reality is perhaps the perfect example of that bold and calculated sound that was just described. Multiple layers are present in the track, all of which draw the listener in and allow them space to construct their own reality. As the beat sets the rhythm, the various sounds add a sense of mystery, while the other noises of the instruments expand and unfold the listener’s awareness of the dimension of the music. With its unique approach to storytelling, this track plunges the listener into dystopian visions of the future.

DESCRIBE YOUR OWN REALITY
USE ELECTRONIC SEX MACHINES
WITHOUT MACHINES HUMANS DIE
YOU FEEL CONTROLLED AND I KNOW WHY
CONTROLLED BY ME THE MACHINE
EVERY STEP YOU MAKE I SEE

Lay back and create your own reality.

 

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