ping: evo (2012)

ping: evo (2012)

evo is the second album to be completed by the Berlin Notebook musician ping. ping plays his decrepit Compaq notebook like an instrument: all tracks are live improvisations – without multi-track recording, superfluous dubbing or similar technical refinements. Instead of this: press power, play, and bam! – done. Only the length of the pieces has … Continue reading

Lisiko: Four Songs (2011)

Lisiko: Four Songs (2011)

The singer-songwriter Simon Steinblock lives in Berlin but originally comes from East Friesia in Germany, a region known for its somewhat unconventional characters. Simon’s songs, produced at home, fall somewhere between the folk ballad and the rhythm sounds of a heavy analogue organ, called Jacqueline de Luxe. Simon is not a highly gifted singer in … Continue reading

ping: squer (2010)

ping: squer (2010)

squer is a mini album from Berlin-based laptop artist ping, made up of three tracks taken from ping’s afternoon improvisation sessions. Loops, glitch and layered sounds create a hypnotic and atmospheric feel. The first song evokes images of a peaceful landscape but ends with something sounding like psychedelic ufo clockwork (although even I’m not quite … Continue reading

ping: pluto (2010)

ping: pluto (2010)

Pluto is a solo album by Berlin laptop artist ping. Originally a guitarist, ping recorded some cosmic guitar sounds into a loop station and then added additional beats and layers. As a result, the tracks are closer to “composed” or edited electronic music. However, the three major elements of “ping music” – loops, improvisation and … Continue reading

ping: recorder (2009)

ping: recorder (2009)

ping‘s live looping, Kati Linek’s field recordings and Klangkoffer and Simon Steinblocks guitar playing come together to form a calm, organic and beautiful piece of music (sometimes with a dark twist). recorder was recorded live in 2008 in Kati’s flat in Berlin-Wedding. Hours were spent trying to set up a more advanced recording environment (which … Continue reading

prend la tête: Winnetou

prend la tête: Winnetou

Winnetou is the second release of plt and the first and only barnarz album which was recorded in a studio (everything else was recorded entirely by the band themselves). Winnetou has a poppier feel than its predecessor We are made of Krach – a mix of indie pop with German and French vocals, and a … Continue reading

prend la tête: We are made of Krach

prend la tête: We are made of Krach

prend la tête’s first album was produced by the band themselves. We are made of Krach is a home-recorded gem. The music drifts between indie pop, rock’n’ roll, slow ballads and other genres yet always interpreted in plt’s particular style. In keeping with the post-rock tradition, nearly half of the tracks are instrumental. On the … Continue reading