05/27/2015

Subharchord

subharchord_little

Today I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a great device, the so called Subharchord, which was developed during the 1960s in East Berlin (GDR) by Ernst Schreiber. It somehow cannot be compared to a regular sythesizer. As I understood, it’s a subharmonic Sound Generator. Normally, sounds that are produced by conventional instruments and in the natural world are a combination of notes each with a different pitch. Each fundamental has various overtones (so-called harmonics). Subharmonic sounds are produced by dividing the frequency into subharmonics or, let’s say undertones. Subharmonic sounds do not exist in nature and differ from the sounds produced by conventional synthesizers. So, as you can imagine, it produces quite spacy sounds, mostly used for radio and television productions in the German Democratic Republic.
All together, there were only less then 10 Subharchords produced. Thanks to a tour to the Studio of electroacoustic music in the Academy of Arts in Berlin, I found this little beautiful fellow…

subharchord_detail

For loads of additional information, there’s this nice website.

01/17/2012

ToiToiToi – Hollow Earth Hippies

Hollow Earth Hippies cover

Today I am very proud to present the first release of ToiToiToi, a 15-track EP called Hollow Earth Hippies. It grew slowly but truly over the last one and a half years. Now it’s done and I am very happy and also a little bit surprised by how the result sounds in the end. Reflecting my musical influences such as library music, the radiophonic workshop, 8bit-sound, wonky beats, lo-fi stuff and weird folk this little album is kind of a symbiosis that doesn’t fit in to any category – you decide.

If you want to hold something in your hands, there’s a limited edition (100 copies) avaible as CD with a nice selfmade booklet for 10 euros -just send me a mail to get your copy.

And now feel free to listen and enjoy!

Toitoitoi – Hollow Earth Hippies @ Bandcamp