Moritz Simon Geist
Electronic Press Kit
Moritz Simon Geist is a performer, musicologist, and robotics engineer. He started because he wants to invent the future of electronic music – with robots!
Each sound in his mind-blowing performances is played by robots. Small motors beat on metal, 3D-printed robo-kalimbas vibrate with deep bass sounds, salvaged parts from old hard drives click and cut. Over several years Moritz Simon Geist committed to build, tweak, test and play all of his DIY robotic instruments. ..
In this quest, Geist teamed up with the Berliner sound alchemists ‘Mouse On Mars‘ to dig deep into the history of mechanical music and experiments of early electronic music. What Moritz Simon Geist came up with is a stunning performance of what is possible today – to explore the sound of mechanics that continually describe our world. Geist creates a smashing soundtrack for both the precise automation and physical fragility that shapes today‘s society.
In 2018, Geist published his first record. It is the world’s first techno record played entirely by self-made futuristic robots. The 4-track EP was released on 12th October 2018, followed by the full-length album out 16th November 2018. The Record was released on Geists label Sonic Robots Records via Kompakt.
- Artist Name “Moritz Simon Geist”
- Performance Name: Tripods One
- Type: A/V Club Show. Style: Techno, Electronica, Robotic Electronic Music
- Style Techno, Electronica, Robotic Electronic Music
- Type: Duration: 30-60 min
- Tags: #musicrobots #sonicrobots #mechanicaltechno #RoboticElectronicMusic
- City of departure and arrival: Dresden, Germany
- Travel Party: Moritz Simon Geist + 1 Assistant
“The soundtrack, though, was more like the terse, clattering schematic of Kraftwerk’s “Pocket Calculator” set to the insistent propulsion of Neu. (…) This is that rare electronic dance music that needs to be seen to be believed, as close as possible.”
10 Great Musical Discoveries SXSW, David Fricke, Rolling Stone, 2019
“Geist manages to do something increasingly rare in electronic music. When he plays, he keeps all eyes locked on the stage.”
“Geist’s robots aren’t meant to simulate humans or a band, but to fulfill specific, finely tuned tasks, like industrial machines. These are new machines, manufacturing a new kind of machine music.”
Fast company, May 2017
“It doesn’t get geekier than this.”
Jon Parales at New York Times
“Sonic Robots is treating some important questions of the future, like the perception of technology, the robotization of society or the artificial intelligence, but still comes in a very playful and entertaining way: through electronic music.” (ARTE)
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Artist-In-Residence-Stipend for the Free State of Saxony 2016,
Visual Music Award Germany 2017,
Working grant of the Initiative Music 2017/18,
Working Grant Cultural Fund KDFS 2018,
Nominated for the Design Price Saxony 2018
Appearances and Cooperations:
NYU Berlin, Mouse On Mars, Jeff Mills, Audi, BASF, Volkswagen, Electronic Beats, Mutek, Duracel Russia, Tyondai Braxton, Rosa Barba, Ableton, RedBull, Berlin Partner
South By Southwest 2019,
Moog Festival 2018,
CTM Festival Berlin 2016 & 2018,
Mutek Barcelona 2017,
Amsterdam Festival 2017,
ADE Amsterdam 2016,
Tokjo WWW Shibuja 2017,
Jerusalem Design Week 2016