Acclaimed electronic music producer Robot Koch releases his new EP “Sphere Outtakes” – the follow-up to “Sphere” out 10/5 last year – via his own label Trees and Cyborgs on April 26. Designed as the soundtrack to an audio visual live show and conceived in collaboration with the artist Mickael Le Goff, the project is a musical exploration of space and will be exhibited in planetariums and full dome venues across Europe and North America starting at MUTEK San Francisco on May 2nd.
“I wanted to do something entirely new and different, move out of my comfort zone. I‘ve been playing in clubs for more than ten years and the idea of doing something in a planetarium has been in my head for a while. I just loved the idea of it being totally immersive; it lies somewhere between a 3D movie and a concert,” Koch explains.
With “Sphere Outtakes”, Koch delves into dark pockets that separate stars, sounds, and ultimately feelings: “The space around things, the nothingness of space, fascinates me and I seek that space in my work too, the right amount of reverb around a sound, making it small and intimate or epic and far away is something I play with a lot.” he adds.
Building sound from a neoclassical sphere, he rapidly switches to more immediate and experimental outbursts, threading the line between drony, twisted and skeletal German minimal to spectral, transcendental techno. It’s a visual and sonic bath inspired by sci-fi, Robert being a massive fan of Blade Runner and Alien and intrigued by space and the possibility of a life above the stars. Tracks such as Another World and Data Religion showcase dark pulsations and clanks that channel a post-human dystopia. BBC’s Bobby Friction described it perfectly; “it sounds like artificial intelligence discovering religion.”
This new release with Berlin based singer May is the latest addition in the collaboration series on Robot Koch`s Label Trees and Cyborgs.
May met Producer Robot Koch already in 2012 in Berlin. They co-wrote a few songs together and then kept in touch after Koch relocated to LA in 2013. It wasn`t until 2017 that they got back together in the studio and recorded new material. Gold is the first song they wrote in 4 years.
Recorded at the Red Bull Studio in Berlin, the music for Gold was composed by Robot Koch and his frequent collaborator Julien Marchal. May`s fragile and yet present voice adds her own unique magic to the song.
Another Highlight of the EP is the stripped down cover version of the Moderat Song „Bad Kingdom“. Koch knows the Moderat guys since the early 2000`s now, has released on their Monkeytown Label and supported them live in the US. It was with their blessing that he and May made this heartfelt version of their biggest song as part of this EP.
Berlin based artist Parra for Cuva`s Remix for Gold could easily go between tracks by Bonobo or Kiasmos in a DJ Set, while Natureboy Flako shows that his influences go as wide as Vangelis and Dilla on his cinematic flip of the original.
Released January 18, 2018.
ROBOT KOCH Remixes Inner Tongue ‘Underworld’
A project undertaken by one man in his mid twenties, Inner Tongue offers the sound of victory over an uncertain future: in 2013, its exponent was diagnosed with a vocal cord disorder so severe that only a handful of specialists throughout the entire world were capable of treating it at all. Still, given that the gift of voice is sacred to a musician, he worked day and night to raise the funds necessary to pay for the required operation, and, after the procedure, embarked on a protracted period of silence. With this, inevitably, came the unbearable uncertainty of not knowing whether he’d ever be able to use his voice again.
After last year`s hypermoment release on Modeselektor`s Monkeytown label, Robot Koch returns with a special collaboration album. Particle Fields was written and recorded with LA based composer/violinist Savannah Jo Lack earlier this year in Los Angeles. The album features Koch ́s hallmark detailed and organic soundscapes as well as the cinematic, lush string arrangements by Savannah Jo Lack giving the album both an emotional depth and a contemporary production that is highly visual.
Koch and Lack wrote the songs together from scratch, instead of superimposing string arrangements over existing electronic compositions, they let both musical worlds grow together organically, which was exciting and creatively challenging for both artists. Particle Fields embraces the stark and rich emotive qualities of both the classical and electronic music worlds, mashing them up to create a new sonic landscape that is both visceral and cinematic.
Particle Fields is out this week on Trees & Cyborgs.
ROBOT KOCH is an award winning producer/composer from Berlin, now living in Los Angeles. He released on labels like Monkeytown Records, Friends of Friends, Bpitch Control and Project Mooncircle.Koch`s unique sound of organic electronic music has been called “Wonderful and Strange“ by legendary John Peel of the BBC already 10 years ago.His cinematic music lends itself to picture and has been placed on dozens of major TV shows and films over the past few years, including NBC`s the black list on and ABC`s how to get away with murder, as well as movie trailer for „San Andreas“.He currently works on the Soundtrack for an upcoming Series on ZDF. His single „Here With Me“ has reached more than 20 million plays on Spotify and his social media following doubled since his last album release.Apart from pursuing his solo career, Koch is an established producer, composer and songwriter for other artists, responsible for numerous german gold and platinum records (Casper, Marteria).Koch won the German Music Composers Award 2014 in the category „best composer electronic music“.
Dnte has had the opportunity in doing an official remix for Berlin’s Robot Koch. “Eclipse” was originally released on his Hypermoment album on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown imprint.Available for free download here.
Hailing from Budapest, Dnte is a fresh new artist making a big impact on the electronic music scene. His unique approach combines classic instrumentation and synthetic sounds to achieve a surreal, other-worldly effect. In his debut EP, Wake Me Up, Dnte puts an unconventional spin on hip hop music as we know it, merging elements of hip hop music with wonky, soul, funk, and electro.
After a succesful run at SXSW, KYTES return with their new single ‘I Got Something’ featuring a remix by Berlin’s hotly tipped producer, Robot Koch.
Celebrated in their native Germany, newcomers Kytes have grown from strength to strength over the past year with the release of their acclaimed singles ‘Inner Cinema’ and ‘On The Run’, described by Noisey as “hit-you-over-the-head catchy indie-pop”. Charting on German radio, winning accolades and kudos from broadsheet media and blogs locally, the band look to take their inimitable sound further abroad; taking their cross over indie-dance grooves to this year’s SXSW.
Kytes also impressed the powers that be at Vodafone Germany, who immediately chose ‘On The Run’ to soundtrack the new Vodafone CallYa campaign nationwide.
‘I Got Something’ creates a positive feeling, telling us to look ahead in life, to take the leap and try something new.
Remix duties come courtesy of Robot Koch, who lends his melodic, delicate touch to the track. His organic, textured productions were deemed ‘wonderful and strange’ by the late and great John Peel.
The single and remix will be available seperately and as bundle from 29th April 2016.
Below you can watch the official video for “Dark Waves” from German producer/electronic musician Robot Koch. The song appears on his album HYPERMOMENT out now on Monkeytown Records (Modeselektor’s label).
Filmed entirely on an iPhone6s plus (following a trend for videos ie Kanye West’s “Only One” and Kate Nash’s “She Rules”), “Dark Waves” director Sven Dreesback takes Koch’s atmospheric tune to video of surfers Ryan Gast, Elija Bustos and Michael Ralla in open water.
“Deep into more intimate territory with swathes of warm, saturated, analog sounds, real world field recording, and lush pianosand soundscapes.”
Californian electronic producer Alek Fin has shared the official video for “Lift Up” featuring LA/Germany-based producer Robot Koch. The single is taken from his excellent Án Mynda EP. Directed by Anthony Ciannamea.
“This is the first official music video for one of my tracks and it’s been a long time coming. I was really excited to work with Anthony (aka Effixx) on it. His visual translation of the music and concept was everything I hoped it would be and more.”