Dandy Jack and the Sniffing Orchestra

Dandy Jack and the Sniffing Orchestra (CL)

Reinvented through constant collaboration with other artists and his own alter-egos, Dandy Jack's feel-good club sound symbolizes a decades-long quest to intensify links between German techno's origins and the Chilean rhythms the long-time producer grew up with.

Since 1989, Dandy Jack has negotiated geographical and musical borders on his chameleon-like search for electronic sound fusions. An ex-pat escapee of the Pinochet dictatorship, he came of age in Germany just as its late 80s/early 90s rave scene developed. Schopf recorded with panoramic techno artist Tobias Freund as a founding member of synth-pop post-techno trio Sieg Über Die Sonne and contributed to labels such as Pete Namlook's Fax and Atom Heart's Rather Interesting. With Atom Heart (Uwe Schmidt), he designed Particle-House structures as the project Gon, and co-designed sound on Marcely Antunez’s (La Fura Dels Baus) digital-mechanical performance Epizoo. In his home city of Santiago in the mid-90s he created the Microman Club with Adrian Schopf, a nucleus for groundbreaking electronic events, and later took the lead on MUTEK Chile. His ambient techno undertakings link electronic music with Latin sound, namely in Amp with Pete Namlook, Silent Music, Ric Y Martin with Ricardo Villalobos, Junction SM with his one-time partner Sonja Moonear, and other projects. A collaboration with Andrès Garcia as duo John Keys resulted in bass-heavy techno grooves and epic psychedelic house layered in melody. He's paired live at MUTEK with Mathew Jonson and jammed with Ricardo Villalobos's improvised laptop supergroup Narod Niki alongside Dimbiman, Luciano, Daniel Bell, Cabanne, Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin and Akufen. His love of collaboration has even conjured imaginary alter-egos: The Latin Elvis, The Latin Lava, The Plastic Woman and, most recently, Dandy Jack and The Cocodrilo Rippers.

After more than 20 years in the game, Schopf returns to the festival as Dandy Jack and the Sniffling Orchestra, letting his wild personality run free once more, infusing techno's past with global rhythms on a cluster of instruments and effects.

PIKNIC 1

Parc Jean-Drapeau
03/06/2006

Originally from Santiago de Chile, Martín Schopf chose to relocate himself in Germany at the end of the 80s, and since then he's been submerged in the world of techno. Eclectic and versatile, Schopf aligns himself with multiple projects and collaborations. Martin has released on a number of labels like Pod (under the name Gon), Geometrik, Fax, and Perlon, and he has participated in projects like Ric y Martin (alongside Ricardo Villalobos), Sieg Über Die Sonne (with Pink Elln), and Carabina 30:30 (with Luciano). Not only known for his mastery of electronic composition, above all Dandy Jack reveals a strong improvisational sensibility in his live performance, as he revealed alongside Ricardo Villalobos and Uwe Schmidt at MUTEK 2002, and as part of the Narod Niki collective at MUTEK 2003.With his collaborator Sonja Moonear, Schopf came up with Los Siete Castigos a voluptously minimal album in which Latin and 'funky house' influences come together in a luxurious, elegant sound—hence justifying the 'Dandy' in his name—which explodes into thousands of discrete details reverberating in the ears.

1A

Société des arts technologiques [SAT]
30/05/2001

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