Pantha du Prince & the Bell Laboratory (DE/NO)

Along with several other producers in this year's line-up, Hamburg's Pantha du Prince (aka Hendrik Weber) arrives at this year's MUTEK on the back of enviable international hype for his second album, This Bliss. And once again, the attention is warranted. Weber's brand of minimal techno is often distinguished by its sense of refinement, an ornate, moody, sometimes gothic elegance most other techno artists forego. Though he maintains several side projects (Glühen 4, Panthel), Weber is a producer who opts for quality over quantity. He released his first single in 2002 and did not return again till 2004 when his debut album, Diamond Daze, was issued. The bulk of his remarkable reputation rests on a streak of work that has filtered out since 2005: two singles, a Depeche Mode remix, and the singular This Bliss.

A/Visions 5
MUTEK 2013, montreal

Maison symphonique 02/06/2013

One of the trailblazers of modern microhouse and minimal techno, Germany’s Pantha du Prince (Hendrik Weber) has been conjuring sublimely moody and elegant underworlds since the release of his first EP, Nowhere, back in 2002. Known for infusing his electronic universe with a broad range of classical and percussive elements, Weber layers his melancholy compositions atop shimmery acoustics and warm symphonic elements. Mystical chimes and bell fragments course through his ethereal body of work, not least of which being his masterful third album, Black Noise (2010). His latest undertaking, a sweeping symphony for electronics, percussion and a three-tonne, 50-bell carillon, was conceived with the Bell Laboratory – a Norwegian collective of carillon and percussion players. It serves as the logical extension to Weber’s longstanding sonic fascinations. Culminating in the release of Elements of Light on Rough Trade earlier this year, this slow-building project juxtaposes ominous church-bound textures with synth glimmers and gentle techno throbs, reminding us that the technological and organic ends of the spectrum are full of untapped creative potential. After performing solo at a MUTEK Nocturne in 2007, Weber returns with the Bell Laboratory for the Canadian premiere of their ambitious endeavour, bound to showcase the Maison symphonique de Montréal’s acoustic splendour.

 

NOCTURNE 4

Métropolis 03/06/2007

[CANADIAN DEBUT]Along with several other producers in this year's line-up, Hamburg's Pantha du Prince (aka Hendrik Weber) arrives at this year's MUTEK on the back of enviable international hype for his second album, This Bliss. And once again, the attention is warranted. Weber's brand of minimal techno is often distinguished by its sense of refinement, an ornate, moody, sometimes gothic elegance most other techno artists forego. Though he maintains several side projects (Glühen 4, Panthel), Weber is a producer who opts for quality over quantity. He released his first single in 2002 and did not return again till 2004 when his debut album, Diamond Daze, was issued. The bulk of his remarkable reputation rests on a streak of work that has filtered out since 2005: two singles, a Depeche Mode remix, and the singular This Bliss.

Discogs

  • Diamond Daze
  • Butterfly Girl Versions
  • Lichten, Walden
  • This Bliss
  • Behind The Stars
  • The Splendour
  • Black Noise
  • Lay In A Shimmer
  • Stick To My Side
  • V Versions Of Black Noise
  • XI Versions Of Black Noise
  • Elements Of Light
  • Aura Aero
  • Cologne On Pop Festival Compilation 2006
  • John The Revelator / Lilian (Club Promo)
  • Relax It's Only A Ghost Versions
  • Kisses
  • Peacebone
  • The Black Series Vol.2
  • The Space In Between Upcoming SK 12"s Volume Thirteen
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