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 Via Sonic Robots Records (Kompakt Distribution)
Classically trained media artist and robotic musician Moritz Simon Geist released his debut EP “The Material Turn” ,out now, 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.
“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 darked 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”
Watch the demo
THE MATERIAL TURN TRACKLIST
A1 Entropy 06:14
A2 Under Deconstruction 5:26
B1 Supercharged 4:20
B2 Detok 6:04
Mortiz Simon Geist will be announcing US Tour Dates including an official SXSW showcase and panel/presentation this March.