Atom TM (CL/DE)

[NORTH AMERICAN EXCLUSIVE]

Perhaps one of the most prolific and ceaselessly inventive personalities to come out of the electronic music community since the 1990s, Uwe Schmidt , the man behind AtomTM, has accumulated literally dozens of aliases, personas, and musical directions over the course of his illustrious career. Beginning in the early 90s as part of the just-burgeoning Frankfurt scene, Schmidt’s first releases of abstract electronic experimentation often appeared under the Atom Heart name.

However, Schmidt was too restless and creative to be boxed into one style, and so he began expanding his horizons, a drive that eventually led to the creation of his own Rather Interesting label and a career-defining move from Germany to Chile, where he quickly became engrained in the new Latin American techno that was beginning to find international footing.

From there he moved on to his most recognizable projects: Senor Coconut , a Latin big band orchestra that performed covers of Kraftwerk and others; and Flanger, his atmospheric jazz project with Burnt Friedman. His latest work, Liedgut , appears on Raster-Noton and is yet another shift toward new directions.

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Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 31/05/2009

[NORTH AMERICAN EXCLUSIVE]

Perhaps one of the most prolific and ceaselessly inventive personalities to come out of the electronic music community since the 1990s, Uwe Schmidt, the man behind AtomTM, has accumulated literally dozens of aliases, personas, and musical directions over the course of his illustrious career. Beginning in the early 90s as part of the just-burgeoning Frankfurt scene, Schmidt’s first releases of abstract electronic experimentation often appeared under the Atom Heart name.

However, Schmidt was too restless and creative to be boxed into one style, and so he began expanding his horizons, a drive that eventually led to the creation of his own Rather Interesting label and a career-defining move from Germany to Chile, where he quickly became engrained in the new Latin American techno that was beginning to find international footing.

From there he moved on to his most recognizable projects: Senor Coconut, a Latin big band orchestra that performed covers of Kraftwerk and others; and Flanger, his atmospheric jazz project with Burnt Friedman. His latest work, Liedgut, appears on Raster-Noton and is yet another shift toward new directions.

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Muelle Baron 12/01/2003

Uwe Schmidt is one of the most prolific and prestigious experimenters in the post-techno era. Using an impressive list of pseudonyms (Atom Heart, Geeez'n'Gosh, Señor Coconut, Erik Satin...), he has released numerous productions and collaborative works at the rate of nearly one per month since 1994, mainly through his own label, Rather Interesting. Schmidt left Frankfurt in 1997 for the seclusion of Santiago, Chile; far from European influences, he has developed his own musical language. Contorting elements of techno, ambient music, jazz, funk, electro, Latin music or easy listening, Schmidt combines ironic conceptualizations (Latin versions of Kraftwerk songs, psychedelic ambient works) to create music that is futuristic and joyful. His set as Atom‚Ñ¢ is based on reworked material from his new album 'Geeez'n'Gosh' on the Mille Plateaux label, ranging from abstract textures to a hyperactive house music. Later, he will be joined on stage by Martin Schopf (Dandy Jack) and Ricardo Villalobos for an improvised set of Latin-influenced electronic music, a most appropriate finale to the MUTEK 2002 closing evening.

Discogs

  • Hard Disk Rock (Don't Stop)
  • XXX
  • Dub TribunL
  • Acid Evolution 1988-2003
  • Houndog
  • iMix miniLP
  • About Pears And Apples
  • Atom™ Re-Invents The Wheel E.P.
  • Live Volume 2 (Valparaiso 10.01.2004)
  • Live Volume 3 Zuerich 25.03.2005
  • Live Volumes 2 & 3
  • Live Volume 7 (Paris 08.09.2005)
  • Son Of A Glitch
  • Around The World With Señor Coconut And His Orchestra
  • Ballad EP
  • Interstellar Overdrive
  • Liedgut
  • Muster
  • 1i3835tra3um3 (Original Soundtrack)
  • Alien Symphony
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