Moritz von Oswald

MUTEK 2016, montreal

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) 02/06/2016

WHO: Berlin-based producer, engineer and DJ (Basic Channel, Maurizio and The Moritz Oswald Trio, Rhythm & Sound, Borderland)
STYLE: Pristine, minimal insinuations of reggae, dub, jazz, classical with techno
LATEST: As Borderland: Transport (2016), Riod (2016); As Moritz Von Oswald Trio: Sounding Lines (2015)
LABELS: Basic Channel, Chain Reaction, Honest Jon’s, Tresor, Deutsche Grammophon
MORE: Has collaborated across genres with co-conspirators Mark Ernestus, Carl Craig, Max Loderbauer, Vladislav Delay, Juan Atkins, Francesco Tristano and Paul St. Hilaire
MUTEKs: With Rhythm & Sound: 2007; with Moritz Von Oswald Trio: 2010; with Borderland, 2013

A pillar of techno’s German wing — and after Kraftwerk, among the most influential contributors to the ongoing linguistic variations of contemporary electronic music — Von Oswald’s reach extends beyond music into the very physics of the sound. His pristine engineering touch established at Dubplates & Mastering continues to define the parameters of Berlin techno, dub and myriad variations, with its shuddering and subliminal low ends, dynamic range and widescreen stereo and club standards. His refined sense of musicality has taken him into realms that further the syntax between electronic experimentation, jazz and classical forms.

Born in Hamburg, he first joined the Neue Deutsche Welle movement in 1980 — defined by its avant-garde, dadaist, electronic pop and punk tendencies, in group Palais Schaumburg, which featured other notable names in German electronic music: Thomas Felhmann, Holger Hiller and F.M. Einheit among them. Later ensconced in Berlin, his production duo and label Basic Channel, with Mark Ernestus (who started the Hard Wax store and distribution company) set the tone for the Jamaican and Chicago/Detroit inspired dubbed-out techno that has so defined his legacy. A consummate collaborator, Von Oswald’s many incarnations include forays into experimental electronic jazz, classical insinuations and more explicitly informed reggae projects. Prolifically and tirelessly, Von Oswald continues to forge his own oeuvre and palette, remaining an important touchstone in the evolving vocabulary of electronic music.

An alumnus of MUTEK for several editions now, the festival is thrilled to welcome him to opening night of the 17th edition with a DJ set of exquisite and discerning selections.

Nocturne 5
MUTEK 2010, montreal

Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 07/06/2010


One of the unequivocal legends of electronic music, Moritz von Oswald is credited with shifting the direction of 90s techno toward the cool, dubby minimalism of where it stands today. As the founder of the Basic Channel, Chain Reaction, and Burial Mix labels, he shepherded a small but highly influential catalogue of singles by himself and fellow-producer Mark Ernestus (under the monikers Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound, Maurizio and others) as well as a stable of then-unknown producers such as Vladislav Delay, Monolake, Substance, Vainqueur, and Porter Ricks. He arrives at MUTEK this year as the leader of the Moritz von Oswald Trio, which also features Max Loderbauer (of nsi, Sun Electric) and Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay) on drums. The trio creates deeply organic techno that fuses the lexicon of jazz with the effects of dub to produce riveting and epic soundscapes that are for the most part improvised and spontaneously directed. As a result, no two Moritz von Oswald Trio sets are ever quite the same. And given that Moritz Von Oswald Trio concerts are rare to begin with, this Montreal show might be the first and last opportunity to catch this acclaimed live show around these parts.

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