MORITZ SIMON GEIST RELEASES THE MATERIAL TURN
FIRST TECHNO EP MADE ENTIRELY BY HIS SELF MADE DIY ROBOTS | DEBUT EP PRECEDES FULL LENGTH ALBUM ROBOTIC ELECTRONIC MUSIC NOVEMBER 16
Berlin, Germany- Classically trained media artist and robotic musician Moritz Simon Geist released his debut EP The Material Turn on October 12 on his newly formed label Sonic Robots Records with global distribution via Kompakt. The EP precedes the release of Geist’s full length album, Robotic Electronic Music on November 16. The EP and LP, both co-produced with Berlinian sound wizards from Mouse On Mars, are the first techno records played entirely by self-made futuristic robots ranging from small motors that beat on metal, futuristic 3D-printed robo-kalimbas, salvaged parts from old hard drives that click and cut. It took Geist several years to build, tweak, test and play all his DIY robotic instruments which push the boundaries of the imaginable. With these releases Geist explores the unknown and the futuristic world of techno robotics.
On the 4-track EP Moritz Simon Geist turns materials into sounds. The opener “Entropy“ which premiered last month via MixMag and Wired is a bassy club-track, played by futuristic bass-kalimbas, a psychedelic pattern of tonal glasses and pneumatic hi-hat patterns. It is core piece to this EP and is also featured in the main video. As the rave-ready track becomes more layered, the room becomes increasingly filled with musical machines until the track peaks. The visual for “Entropy” chronicles the process of building a deep techno track from scratch with Geist’s motorized hand made instruments. Even without a visual part, listening to his music, a sound world opens up which is unheard before.
When you listen to robots playing, you realize, that they sound precise, but in contrast to digital sounds they transport an immense organic feeling,” says Geist. “No beat is like the other, everything is played with actual acoustic physicality and thus actual error. At the same time, the repetitive nature of the robots make it perfect for playing electronic music. It’s industrial and organic.”
The second track ”Under Deconstruction” is a metal-on-metal slammer with a heavy beat played on a big sheet of metal. “I often try to compose a track around one instrument”, explains Geist, ”letting the sounds take a lot of room so they can stand out.” The B-side starts with “Supercharged” – a heavy drone, reminding of the darkened sides of music concrete. Here, tuned air fans, and a metallic percussion robot create the texture. “Detok,” an up-tempo club track, featuring complex rhythmic textures and well defined robotic percussion elements closes the EP.
To help music fans understand his process more clearly, Moritz has also released a behind-the-scenes video where he describes creating ‘Entropy”
What Moritz Simon Geist came up with is a stunning record of what is possible today – to explore the sound of mechanics that keep on filling our world. Geist creates a smashing soundtrack for both the precise automation and physical fragility that shapes today’s society.
Mortiz Simon Geist will be announcing US Tour Dates including an official SXSW showcase and panel/presentation this March.
Mortiz Simon Geist
Robotic Electronic Music
(Sonic Robots Records)
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Robotic Electronic Music Track Listing
A1 Entropy 06:14
A2 Under Deconstruction 5:26
B1 Supercharged 4:20
B2 Detok 6:04