Atom TM

Atom TM (CL/DE)

[EXCLUSIVITÉ NORD-AMÉRICAINE]

Sans doute l’une des personnalités les plus productives et incroyablement inventives de la scène électronique depuis les années 90, Uwe Schmidt, l’homme derrière AtomTM, a littéralement accumulé des douzaines de pseudonymes et de personnages et autant de trajectoires musicales au long de sa prestigieuse carrière.

Alors qu’il fait ses premiers pas au coeur de la florissante communauté techno allemande du début des années 90, il sort ses premières productions, plus abstraites et expérimentales, sous le nom d’Atom Heart. Schmidt est cependant beaucoup trop actif et créatif pour accepter de se laisser enfermer dans un style en particulier et c’est tout naturellement qu’il élargit ses horizons et crée sa propre étiquette, Rather Interesting.

Il s’exile ensuite au Chili où il devient bien malgré lui (car c’est un artiste somme toute discret) le porte-étendard de la nouvelle scène techno latine américaine qui commence alors à prendre son essor international. La route était alors toute tracée pour donner naissance à ses projets les plus reconnaissables, Senor Coconut, un big band latin friand de reprises, dont celles de Kraftwerk sont certainement les plus connues – et Flanger, son duo de jazz atmosphérique avec Burnt Friedman.

Sa dernière œuvre, Liedgut, est sortie sur Raster-Noton et constitue une fois de plus un pas dans des directions inédites.

A/V+: Binary by Design

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.

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