a reduced label of sound and more

Hopek Quirin – Passing Tubes / Röhren —out now!!

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Hopek Quirin: Passing Tubes / Röhren

“Was recorded, cut and mixed on a tascam porta one 4 track cassette recorder in tabuk ( saudi arabia) in 1986.

I used the track as part of an installation, playing it through speakers consisting of different – sized tubes made of different metals, and other sound bodies, to merge with surrounding sounds and noises. the original recording was remixed for listening through a regular sound system. please adjust volume as low as surround noise level!

mastered by kris limbach at emitter19 studio berlin 2017”


-high quality Chrome Type II Tape

-hand stamped and printed

-limited edition of 30 copies


a new release by Kim Cascone – limited and handcrafted – out now!

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We re proud to announce a new release by Kim Cascone  , ultra limited  and numbered to 33 copies, handcrafted, silkscreen printed !!


Avaiable now at STAALPLAAT




emitter micro festival 2015 – a festival of sound and more

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emitter micro Festival 2015 is over!

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emitter micro 2015 is a 3-day festival of sound and more in berlin. curated by kris limbach and pierce warnecke and this year especially co-curated by NK and Ausland, emitter micro proposes a selection of international and berlin based artists from multiple contemporary sound practices and genres.


7.5. Taborkirche Kreuzberg

Jacob Kirkegaard
Marta Zapparoli

doors: 7pm, concerts: 8pm

8.5. Ausland

Frank Bretschneider
Andy Graydon
Kasia Justka

doors: 8pm, concerts: 9pm

9.5. NK Project

Jim Haynes
Hanzmemorial (by Niko Lfo )
Jd Zazie

best before unu

doors: 8pm, concerts: 9pm


presented by digital in berlin



Night I – 7 th of May at Taborkirche Kreuzberg



kirkegaardJakob Kirkegaard

Jacob Kirkegaard is an artist and composer who works in carefully selected environments to generaterecordings that are used in compositions, or combined with video imagery in visual, spatial installations. His works reveal unheard sonic phenomena and present listening as a means of experiencing the world. Based in Berlin Kirkegaard has presented his works at galleries, museums and concert spaces throughout the world, including MoMA in New York, LOUISIANA in Denmark, KW in Berlin, The Menil Collection & at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, Japan and most recently with a solo exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. His sound works are released on the TOUCH Important Records, VON Archives & Posh Isolation labels




Aspec(t) are SEC_ and Mario Gabola from Naples, Italy. SEC_ plays Revox tape recorder, computer and no-
input feedback manipulated on tape. Mario plays saxophone
and feedbacks through an electro-acoustic chain of resonant drums, microphones and little speakers. Their music shares the timbrical research and the execution
control typical of some radical impro music,
but reinterpreted and contaminated with the feedback
electronics and the research on analog devices and concrete sound materials, as well as with the a
certain kind of obscureclub culture. The result is a fascinating and inextricable forest of sounds: frenetic structures, noise explosions, ancestral cries, an unceasing
perversion of the soundscape and the time stream. Feedback, self-regulating systems, mimicry, mutations,
becoming-animal, asymmetrical dislocation are some
of the keywords.



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MARTA ZAPPAROLI is an Italian experimental sound artist, improviser, performer, and musician. She works and lives in Berlin from 2007. Her music mainly consists in narrative sonic pieces that she builds using a wide variety of recording techniques, devices and self-made microphones with out borders and many unconventional techniques. She is interested on the boundaries and relations between real sound world ,vibration
sound, noise pollution, natural radio, wireless and communication and inaudible sound . In the past two years , her new ongoing research and project it is an investigation focused on Inaudible Sound and the multiple effects of its spectral side which shape our sense andperception of the reality. With all the recordings, She building strongly narrative, imaginative sonic pieces live through improvisation with real-time tape manipulation. She performed in Festivals all over Europa, Turkey, Norway, Sweden and U.S.A . Playing with many highly regarded musicians and bands.
Form 2010 she is a member of Berlin’s 24-piece Splitter Orchestra. She released several albums on Umbrella Noise records, Idiosyncratics, Audition Records, Nohmad Records and Zeromoon. She was also extensively featured on WDR3 Open Studio Elektronische Musik Deutchland. In 2006 she received the MOVIN-UP Award for her field recording project An Audio Portrait of Berlin.

Info: http://martazapparoli.blogspot.de/

doors 7pm
start 8pm




NIGHT II: 8th of may at ausland:


 sl_13_campfire_romeFrank Bretschneider

Frank Bretschneider
Frank Bretschneider is a musician, composer and video artist in Berlin. His work is known for precise sound placement, complex, interwoven rhythm structures and its minimal, flowing approach. Bretschneider’s subtle and detailed music is echoed by his visuals: perfect translated realizations of the qualities found in music within visual phenomena. Bretschneider (1956) was raised in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz since 1990), where his aesthetic developed as he listened to pirate radio and smuggled Beastie Boys tapes in the former East Germany. In 1986, after establishing his cassette label klangFarBe, Bretschneider founded AG Geige, a successful and influential East German underground band. In 1995, Bretschneider and fellow AG Geige member Olaf Bender founded the Rastermusic record Most of Bretschneider’s early solo albums – about half a dozen – were under the alias Komet, the first, SAAT, appearing in 1996. Since then Bretschneider has released his work (in addition to raster noton) on various labels including 12k, Line, Mille Plateaux or Shitkatapult, and contributed to some well-known compilations like CLICKS & CUTS on
Mille Plateaux and raster-noton’s 20′ TO 2000 series. 2010 saw the release of EXP, a rather complex and abstract audio- visual work and his 2012 album KIPPSCHWINGUNGEN explores the sound of the Subharchord, a unique electronic instrument based on subharmonic sound generation. SUPER.TRIGGER, his 2013 album for raster-noton, is an absolute trove of percussive tension. And his newest, SINN + FORM, is all about improvisation and analog modular synth chaos.




28_findingsstill01500Andy Graydon: The Findings (Dale)

Including sound works, films, media installations, photographs and performances, American artist Andy Graydon’s work focuses on the relationship between audiovisual recording and the projective imagination. Collaborations include performances and recordings with Kenneth Kirschner, John Hudak, Kato Hideki, sawako, David Grubbs, Amnon Wolman, Pierre Gerard, Takeshi Nishimoto, Ben Owen, Zach Layton, and Richard Garet. Graydon was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii and relocated from Berlin to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2014.

His film work The Findings (Dale) (super 8 film transferred to HD video, 16 min)with music by Kenneth Kirschner follows our narrator on a walk into the woods to revisit an incredible place that he can no longer find. The more he tries to describe the thing to us, the less clear anything about it is: his descriptions change with each attempt until it is unclear whether what he found ever existed. And yet it creates an object in the mind, and it this new ‘lost thing’ that is suspended between narrator and viewer. The Findings grapples with the mutual transformations of thought and material that constitute the world, often through the creative work of forgetting, obfuscating, falsifying, or simply wandering away.




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Kasia Justka is a polish multimedia artist based in Berlin. Her work capitalizes on her obsessions with the medium of electricity and weird sounds- Her art can be seen as invocations to the vast power inherent within electronic systems and networks…With this conceptual frame in mind Kasia fashions a dynamic order and form from primitive entropy. Using light,sound and objects as her tools,her Intuitive and analogue based performances
have led to collaborations with musicians, theaters, galleries, clubs, fashion designers, artists and a whole host of other respected luminaries working in different disciplines within the creative spectrum. Among these are: Electrovision London, Noise=Noise,Transvisualia, Free Form Festival, CynetArt_08, Unsound Festival, Piksel in Norway, Warsaw Electronic Festival, gallery Zacheta, WRO, TR Warszawa, Volksbuhne and others. INVISIBLE INAUDIBLE is an audio-visual performance, happening in darkness. Her goal is to build atmosphere which she had duringspending time in a cave full of mother bats. Playing inaudible sounds and invisible images.Get the silent darkness scream.






DAY III : 9th of may at nk



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Describing his work through the pithy phrase, “I rust things,” Jim Haynes is an artist who has developed a vocabulary of decay that spans numerous media, focusing on how decay parallels and relates to the perception of time
when cycles of activity collapse into stasis. Drawing from shortwave radio static, electric field disturbances, surveillance camera observations, controlled feedback oscillations, and textured noise, Haynes manifests a broken
minimalism through magnetic drones, imploded noise, and ghostly projections. His additive-subtractive strategies of layering textures seek to accentuate the resonant frequencies of spaces and / or the volatile electromagnetic ephemera that might be culled from the ether. Psychologically charged emotions, teleological abstraction, or even allegorical frameworks are all addressed through his material phenomenology. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Haynes has exhibited and performed internationally at such venues at the Electric Works (San Francisco), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , the Bekerley Art Museum, The Exploratorium (San Francisco), WestSpace (Melbourne, Australia), Jack Straw Productions (Seattle), Eyedrum (Atlanta), Diapason (New York), and The Lab (San Francisco). His recorded works are published through Editions Mego, Hooker Vision, Elevator Bath, The Helen Scarsdale Agency, amongst others. He has collaborated with Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound), M.S. Waldron (irr. app. (ext.)), Keith
Evans, and Loren Chasse. Haynes’ performance at NK Project is supported in part by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Arts Grant.







niko2Hanz ■ Memorial (curated byNiko LFO)

emitter micro is extremely happy to announce our next release “Hanz Memorial” curated by Niko LFO. This concrete USB stick with generative sound application is limited to 3×30 editions. Niko LFO will present his research via a live demonstration. Hanz ■ Memorial is a rework of musical archives from the body of work of forgotten avant-garde and musique concrète composer Hans Nibler in a generative composition that emphasizes Hans Nibler’s research and applications of cybernetics’ circular causality, self-regulatory systems, quantum mechanics and self-referential objects to sound. The abstract sound
material resulting refers equally to electroacoustic avant-garde, contemporary electronic music and computational art. Nicolas Lefort (a.k.a. Niko LFO) works in Berlin as a multi-instrumentalist and producer in various projects (reliq , Shaddah Tuum, Tronc) and co-curates Berlin based artist collective / label Portals Editions. After a personal trajectory through different domains of music, mostly improvisational, Nicolas Lefort arrived to the field of generative composition approaching sound as matter. While constructing puzzling relations between sound, space, objects and architectures, Lefort digs a sonic path downwards to explore matter in its full potentiality.








Screenshot - 04262015 - 04:47:46 PMbest before unu

unu (Antonis Anissegos) and bestbefore (Andreas Karaoulanis) met in March 2010 on stage at a Festival in Thessaloniki, following the invitation of the festival director to perform together. The match was instant and after the
success of their performance, they decided to form the duo best before unu. Since then they produced together many short audio/visual pieces, and performed often in Greece and in Germany.The intensive electronics of unu found a visual counterpoint in the moving images of bestbefore, generating complex sonic-visual formations. While audio frequencies are analyzed and passed into image motions, which in turn feed back to the music, a never ending circulation of influence travels in both directions. As an enrichment of the collaboration, best before unu appears also with live piano, adding an acoustic dimension to the creative process. A journey through morphing landscapes and imaginary organisms, stimulating the audience to continuously perceive new associations.







JD ZAZIEOCompany_JD Zazie_RN2013_03_31 

Born in Bolzano (IT),  JD ZAZIE is a DJ, turntablist and sound artist based in Berlin. Coming from a DJ and a radiophonic background JD Zazie  has explored over the years different approaches of real-time manipulation on fixed recorded sound.
In her work she redefines DJ and electroacoustic activities. As a solo performer, in small groups or large ensembles she moves in an area which is constantly stretching the borders of what is supposed to be DJ mixing, free improvisation and composed music. Intended as music instruments CDjs, turntables and mixer are her tools to mix the specific sound-sources she plays (mostly electronic music, electroacoustic music, musique concrète, field recordings and improvised music). The typology of the sound-sources varies from already existing audio publications and sound effects, to self recorded audio files – as live-set and field-recordings -,  to selected pre-mixed material. Juxtaposition, decontextualization, fragmentation, repetition, sonic texture, scratch and error are elements of the grammar adopted to relate, organize and rearrange the sound material following her “Äpfelzerstörer’s method”. In her sound installations she explores everyday life, refers to urbanism and relates to sound atmosphere.

She is a member of the Italian label Burp Enterprise and co-runs Staalplaat Radio.
She has participated in numerous exhibitions and events including High Zero Festival (US), Music Unlimited #27 (AT), Tuned City Bruxelles (BE), Open Provocation festival (UK),  Festival Rue du Nord (CH), Audiograft 2012 (UK), Echtzeitmusiktage 2010 (DE), STEIM’s Turntable Night #7 (NL), Audioscoop / IntroInSitu (NL), Avantgarde Festival Schiphorst (DE).


doors: 8pm
concerts: 9pm

Seiji Morimoto – Short Summer – out now!

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SHORT SUMMER – Seiji Morimoto  

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A characteristic resonance investigation, which is generated between the vibrating objects (buzzer: 400Hz) and different materials.

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1. WOODEN BOX (20’00”)

2. TIN CAN (20’00”)

3. PLASTIC TRAY  (20’00”)

Recorded and mastered by KRIS LIMBACH at emitter19 studio, Berlin June 2011
© 2013 emitter micro / SEIJI MORIMOTO


TRANS E MISSIONS// liebig12, 01.03.2014

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A trans- sonic & trans- geographic event, shaped by de – interlacing performances of paired artists such as:


seiji morimoto tokyo 1971, musicology kunitachi college of music, electronic pieces john cage sound performances, installations,videos. 2003berlin,international festivals uncertain acoustic appearances usual objects,water stones, tech medium. with takehisa kosugi, keitetsu murai, olivier di placido, francesco cavaliere, olaf hochherz, rius van alebeek, ignaz schick, luciano maggiore, crys cole, felicity mangan, alessandra eramo, nicolas wiese, kakawaka, seijiro murayama, jamie drouin, hannes lingens, johnny chang, katsura yamauchi and many others.
More under: www.seijimorimoto.com

makoto oshiro performer installation artist tokyo, japan. sound, other elements light, electricity movement objects. live performances, self-made tools instruments electronic devices, every day materials junk. sound physical auditory phenomena, interlocks / interferes & mediums.
More under: www.makotooshiro.com

PIERCE WARNECKE & KRIS LIMBACH – field re recordings

kris lim­bach’s sound ap­p­lied physics film- edit­ing tech­ni­ques film sound aest­he­tics “be­gin_ if _ ()” pro­ject (upcoming release of begin _if_ (3) at agxivatein in spring) live per­for­man­ces.
la­bels such as ri­chard garet’s con­tour edi­ti­ons, staal­ta­pe,
mo­dis­ti, frame­work radio and more.
to­ge­ther with pierce war­ne­cke the emit­ter micro fes­ti­val and label.
More under: www.krislimbach.com

pierce warnecke is a sound and video berklee college of music meisterschüler studies udk kunst und medien. audiovisual installations, performances pieces emitter micro festival and label with kris limbach.
kw institut, leap, feed, harvestworks (ny), luggage store gallery (sf), berklee (boston), calarts (la) festivals zero1 biennale, transmediale vorspiele, bozart/beaf (brussels), madeiradig, nuits sonores, boston cyberarts, visionsonic, pixelache, vidéoformes, sxsw interactive and more khalija, staaltape, gaffer records, attenuation circuit gruenrekorder.
More under: www.piercewarnecke.blogspot.com , www.piercewarnecke.com

PAUL ROTH & IAN DOUGLAS-MOORE – saxophone guitar

mediumloud noise music for saxophone/guitar.
soundwalls that process textural distortions, microtonal manipulations, and other sound curiosities.
improviser, composer, alto saxophonist paul n roth, p roth, paul nicholas roth, pnrIII, p3, nicholas p roth/// working through
More under: www.soundcloud.com/id-m/paul-roth-ian-douglas-moore , www.paulnroth.com


Louis Laurain performing solo at Emitter Micro

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Lives and works in Paris, his work is focused principally on two topics. Firstly an acoustic approach to the instrument through different collaborations in the field of improvised music and free-jazz (Die Hochstapler, Actuum). Secondly, work on the amplification of instruments (“close miking”) with the aim of creating the illusion of an electric or electronic “machine instrument” (solo, HiFi LoNoise).

He will be performing an acoustic solo set at Emitter Micro 2013, May 11th at Ausland.

TAPEDANCES (Rinus van Alebeek + Barbara Lazara duo)

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sounds of body, space & voice for magnetic tapes



Rinus van Alebeek (1956, Heerlen, The Netherlands) is a writer who uses his (environmental) recordings on tape to narrate a story. During the nineties he published two books (pseud. Philip Markus) in his native country.  The first novel (De Weg naar Oude God) won the prestigious Geert Jan Lubberhuizen Prijs, a yearly award for the best first novel.

An accidental encounter with electronic and avant garde music in the year 2000 at the Lem festival in Barcelona, and an introduction to the cassette culture gave way to his further artistic development. In the first decade of this century van Alebeek made a thorough research on how to make or manipulate recordings. Thanks to a great number of concerts, sometimes an average of ten in a month, he developed an approach of which people say it is ‘ between noise and pure poetry.’ 

‘Rinus Van Alebeek is a peculiar observer of reality and an artist who instinctively transforms lo-fi tape recordings into evocative sound poems, being able to create a “détachement” towards the used media, which is a characteristic of the most original artists.’ (Luis Costa, president of Binaural and Associação Cultural de Nodar)

More about Rinus van Alebeek on rinusvanalebeek.wordpress.com


Barbara Lazara is a performer/voice artist based in Mexico City. She has been working on the relation between body, voice and space, using choreography, microphones and natural corporeal resonances.

With her solo project ‘Aurora Yaqui’, she uses voice loops and the acoustic characteristics of the space to create drones, natural overtones aswell as audio feedback, playing with different voice forms and amplification. Lázara has been giving solo performances and workshops in Mexico and often performing Europe in collaboration with theatre artists and choreographers. Her works have been released by Staalplaat (GER), Volta (MEX), and broadcast on Antenas Intervenciones (ECUADOR).

Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit

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Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit will open the festival tomorrow, May 9th, at Musikinstrumenten-Museum.

Phill Niblock

Born in Indiana in 1933, Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. Since 1985, he has been the director of Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York, which extended to Ghent, Belgium in 1993.

He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres, which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time.

At Emitter Micro 2013, he will be performing the piece Music and Images (from the Movement of People Working films).

Thomas Ankersmit

Born 1979, in Leiden, The Netherlands, Thomas Ankersmit is a musician and installation artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam. He makes live electroacoustic music with analogue and digital electronics, as well as alto saxophone.

Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge analogue modular synthesizer.  His work with analogue synthesizers is characterized by a gentle abuse of the equipment, using feedback and disturbances to the signal flow to create dense but finely detailed swarms of electronic sound.

He will be performing a solo set of circa 30 minutes with Serge analogue modular synthesizer and/or computer.



Seiji Morimoto performing ‘Tycho’

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Born in Tokyo 1971, studied musicology at the Kunitachi College of Music, graduating in 1996. During this period he began to play the electronic pieces by John Cage and his own sound performances. Since then he has been creating sound performances, installations and videos. In 2003 Morimoto moved to Berlin, has performed and exhibited in many international festivals including transmediale in Berlin, Experimental Music Festival in Munich. He is interested in the uncertain acoustic appearances between usual objects, for example water and stones, and the technical medium.

He will be performing ‘Tycho’, which stands for feedback system, contact microphone and pitch/time shifting. Tycho Brahe was a Danish astronomer known for his discovery of a supernova in the Cassiopeia constellation in 1572 that was so bright it was even visible during the day.



Schneider TM + Kptmichigan + Mek Obaam (Trio)

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Schneider TM + Kptmichigan + Mek Obaam (Trio) used to be the regular band for the long Schneider TM tours during the City Slang period, playing, de- & reconstructing the material from albums like Moist, Binokular, Zoomer & Skoda Mluvit. This improv set with 2 guitars + electronic drums will be the first time in 7 years that this trio plays together again.

Schneider TM is a multidimensional music project from Dirk Dresselhaus, named after his nickname Schneider. For a while now, Dirk has also been moving Schneider TM in the direction of instantly composed freeform music, employing varying instruments including guitar, electronics, balaphon as well as field recordings.