1956 (age 61)
Frank Bretschneider (aka: Komet) is definitely one of the vital producers in the global electronic network. A key member of the prestigious raster-noton collective, he has critically acclaimed releases under the names Komet and Produkt. Bretschneider has created some of the most influencial spacial electronics of the late 90's and 00's, unlike so much output in the microscopic music scene, his music has always flourished with activity. Precise sound placement, volume levels and the contrast of tones in Bretschneider's production makes his compositions uniquely captivating. Bretschneider goes beyond the plug-in or plug research electronics. He redefins the genre by rendering the parameters playable, reentering the musical domain with unprecedented ease. Bretschneider discovers the complexity of the virtual: microtonality, clicks, complex rhythm textures, melodic fragments. A perfect musical body. Bretschneider succeeds again in progressing the new age of laptop production and delivers a stunning exhibition of sound
Born in 1969, studied Communication Design at Central Saint Martins School in London, where he acquired a Masters of Arts and Design with distinction. He now lives and works as a musician and graphic designer in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2002 his composition Zwischen.raum (Domizil15, Zurich, 2002) was distinguished with the Max Brand Award for Electronic Music (phonoTAKTIK.02 Festival, New York). In the same year he received a compositional scholarship from “Pro Helvetia”, Arts Council of Switzerland, to work on his release Circa (Line_012, New York, 2003). In March 2004 the Mini CD-Rom –00:dedaih, which contains an audio/visual installation by Steinbrüchel/Brusa, was published on the label synchron (sync03). In the fall of 2004 his second solo cd Skizzen (Binemusic, Bine 006CD) and the collaboration ATAK004 with Kim Cascone (USA) and Jason Kahn (CH) were also released.
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