About the Event
APPARAT, aka Sascha Ring, fuses tricky electronics with heartfelt and auspicious pop. LP5 is Apparat’s first release since 2013’s Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre) and follows two two studio albums, II and III (Mute / Monkeytown) by Moderat, the trio he founded with Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary. This is a first taste of what to expect from the Berlin based artist.
This is a standing only event
This is a Bath Fringe Festival and Bath Festivals event.
About the Artist
For almost two decades, Sascha Ring has been one of the defining protagonists of electronic music. As Apparat he has explored the entanglement of programmed sounds and analogue instruments like no other; as part of Moderat (the trio he founded with Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary), he has transformed this knowledge and art into an aesthetic of indulgence and sublimity.
The music of Apparat is now music of enrichment, of omission and override; every melody, every sound is at the same time a palimpsest. “Sometimes,” says Sascha Ring, “we recorded hundreds of tracks and then reduced everything to a few dozen again.” But these “few dozen” are so delicately interwoven, as if they were samples that you rip out of context and throw back into a new frame. You are listening to someone who is able to step back and look at his own art as if he were looking at something that is rather alien, something he himself has to adopt and familiarise himself with anew, again and again: I is another in the music of Apparat.
Many things that sound quite simple are in fact also quite simple. Other sound structures on the other hand are highly complicated. Harmonies emerge and atomise and eventually come together again. The sounds cluster and blow off in clouds, and shimmer like a pointillist picture. One and the same melody is dispersed to different instruments and meanders through the space like the iridescent tail of a comet: endless transformation, incessant becoming; an art of metamorphosis that never ends in arbitrariness or chaos, but instead finds a new form of inner unity. A unity that is neither based on classical song structures nor on the repetition principles of electronic music. Rather, it is a unity that emerges from the process of becoming and from its refusal to evolve into something that is final.