Dear all,

I’m arranging some dates for DOPPLEREFFEKT. They’re available in April 2012.

I hope to hear from you ASAP.

Dopplereffekt is an electronic music act which has been active since at
least 1995 (year of first release). It is named after the German word for
the Doppler effect. While the musical style and the act’s image changed
radically during a non-release period from 1999 to 2003, two steady
characteristics are the display of a thematic affiliation with science and
the obvious use of pseudonyms and the hence rumoured but unconfirmed
identities of the members.

The main member during all periods has probably been producer/ artist
Gerald Donald alias « Rudolf Klorzeiger ». Donald is generally accepted to
be also the author of the acts Heinrich Müller/ Der Zyklus, Japanese
Telecom and Arpanet as well as one half of the band Drexciya (with James
Stinson). During that period the sound of these two acts showed strong
similarities, in their detroit electro sound that took influences from
industrial, new wave, electro-pop and others, reforming them in a style
which is musically complex, often using jazzy modal sequences, and
alongside other Detroit based acts on the labels Underground Resistance
and direct beat they were highly influential in the 90s’ revival of
electro. The 1999 compilation of all Dopplereffekt releases from this
period, Gesamtkunstwerk, depicted Donald with a new member, « To Nhan Le
Thi », who most likely had not been involved with the old material but was
given credit anyway and who has been a steady and visible member since,
giving occasional live performances.

This second period of the band, very contrary to the mid-1990s releases,
has been characterised by what sounds like mostly digital sound synthesis
and processing, the implication of a connection of the band’s music
composition to contemporary physics research via track titles and sleeve
artworks, and oftentimes the absence of danceable drum rhythms and / or
tonality, hence resembling Contemporary classical music styles, especially
musique concrète and early pioneers of electronic music with analogue
modular music systems / synthesizers. However, the compositions are still
mostly based on short sequenced riffs/ loops, and the instrumentation is
often still based on the traditional scheme « drums + bass + main riff +
background synth pads ». These traits (free form in some aspects, pop music
tradition in others) are contradictory from a mainstream point of view,
but are acceptable in the context of the ambient genre or film music.

There are no known interviews of Donald or other members concerning
Dopplereffekt at this time, except for a feature in the October 2009 issue
of new music magazine The Wire, containing exchanges with two people
purporting to be associated with the group.


Some Noise asbl
C/O Alain Bolle
1050 Brussels 5


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