The last months have been even more busy than usual, and today I am so happy to announce the official release of my debut record, a of wonderful video and of my newly formed record label Sonic Robots Records in cooperation with Kompakt Distribution!
DEBUT ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT
Its official! On 12th of October the world’s first ever robotic techno record “The Material Turn” will hit the market. The 4-Track EP will be released as a Vinyl + Digital Release, with a limited 300 piece physical edition. Make your Pre-Orders here!
Then, on Friday 16 November 2018 the Full-Length album “Robotic Electronic Music” will be available as Vinyl, CD and Digital. Pre-Orders soon.
And this is what the PR-text says about it:
“It is the world’s first techno record (more…)
In this article I will explain the technical background of my techno music robots. Maybe you have seen my giant MR-808 Robot. Thats where I started dealing with Robotic Electronic Music (R.E.M.) on a daily basis. Since then my whole life is dedicated to experimenting, building and playing shows with music robots. I wake up with them in the morning and think about music robots at night. Why? Because I think that electronic music has to evolve and I am very bored with music synthezisers, modular synthezisers, samplers, and computers. I want Future! Robots! And Techno!
My music robots always consist of four parts:
I spent the last week at peoplefestival Berlin, a crazy gathering of around 160 Artists. The People Festival Berlin is a week long experience at the Funkhaus Berlin, it incorporates such great artists as our whole tribe from Mouse on Mars , Zach from beirut, Stargaze and big names as The National, Erlend Oye, Bon Iver and much more .. over 15660 Artists. It was a intense week of forth and back, rehersals and Sound Experiments, much differnt to any other music festival, because it doesnt present pre-made “shows” but celebrates the moment of wild blind-date music mashups in a free and open surrouning.
Besides the uncountable projects that arose there, we also rehearsed with Mouse on Mars – for the upcoming show in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie!
It will be a gloriuous celebration of their last Record #dimensionalpeople, an Andi and Jan invited a whole bunch of the colaborators to Hamburgs finest music venue. I will contribute with some robots, and am so happy to visit and play this venue for the first time.
DATUM: 07. Juli 2018
ORT: Objekt Klein A, Dresden
EVENT: Record Release Konzert Moritz Simon Geist x Routine
SHOWTIME: 00:30. Weitere Acts (TBA)
EINTRITT 12€ AK
EVENT LINK https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1119967
Ay! I just spend four days on the Moogfestival 2018 in Durham / US and they were the most intense and spaced out in a while.
Not only was it my first ever performance in the US, but also the mix of jet lag, several performances, my installation ‘Soft Manipulator’, talking conversations and countless interviews made it very unreal. My own TRIPODS One performance took place at the old wooden Durham ballroom and despite a no-soundcheck schedule it worked out well. After that I contributed with some robots for Mouse on Mars and Spank Rock Official’s Dimensional People performance.
I also managed to meet Herb Deutsch, 86y old co-creator of the moog synth and listen to his stories; watch Suzanne Ciani, visionary synth guru play here Buchla Synth and finally to drink vodka the self-proclaimed Queen of Canabis Yoga.
#Moogfestival, I’ll definitely come back!
2017 Recap time! 2017 gave me a lot of good shows, two new installations, the continuation of my album-recording with Andi and the start of my teaching at the NYU Berlin. Without the constant help of my friends and partners, the urge and push to constantly explore new territories, it would be hard to keep up the self-motivation to do all this. Especially as the world seemed to fall apart a little more in this year, working as an artist sometimes seemed so unimportant. My half-true response to that is, that art should always be there to question the old, explore the new and give spectators the possibility to forget, at least for a moment.
These were my 2017 moments: In February I played two shows and had one exhibition in Tokyo and was overwhelmed by Japan on my two-week trip with my brother-from-another-mother Karsten.
In June I was at the Amsterdam Festival for a show with Jan and Andi Mouse On Mars and Musikfabrik Köln for some Neue Musik – Robot Madness. At the end of June, we won the Visual Music Award, thanks for Jakob and Sönke for receiving it and got funded by the INITIATIVE MUSIK for our new Album.
In July I played for my friends from Tech Open Air a met the awesome Travis “Machinedrum” for the first time. Award for the warmest welcome goes to Romania and the crew of the Clujotronic festival.
Somewhen mid-2018 I got to know Magnus Hecht and Anika Jankowski with their publishing hous and we decided to work together in terms of publising and releasing new and hot robotic shit!
In the beginning of November I published a new installation called “Soft Manipulator“. I had this Installation in my mind for a long time, but it was not until Gwendolin Kremer from the Altana Gallery asked me to contribute some work that I started building it. I thought, it would be very cool to have a robotic installation, where people without musical knowledge can make music with objects and test out the sound side of items with their own hands, not obstructed by interfaces. It worked, also thanks to my near-genius level programmer Lennart.
End of November I totally got lost in the speculative design sphere but fortunatly got out of this world just in time to held my talk “The Speculative Future of Art, Music and Technologie” at the Most Wanted: Music Conference Berlin. The biggest influence here was “mad professor” Knut from The Constitute, with his constant stream of over-the-top ideas. Also in November I was spontaneously invited to play at Mutek Barcelona Digilab and got to know the Spanish part of the Mutek family.
So, what will 2018 be like? It’s just a number. But I hope it’s a good one.
In 2012 we published the installation MR-808. Over the years we used it mostly as an interactive installation where people can experiment with rhythms, robots, and sound. The audience is mostly very diverse. On music-focused events, people know how to program a groovy beat. Kids, on the other hand, tend to press “all the buttons at once” which often results in a gabber-esk cacophony. Fair enough.
Over the time I felt, it would be very cool to have an installation, where people without musical knowledge can make music with objects and test out the sound side of items with their own hands, not obstructed by interfaces. Thus we created the installation “Soft Manipulator”!
It’s a playful interactive installation where the audience experiments with rhythms, mechanics, and objects. Everyday items like glasses, pots, as well as small musical instruments are placed on a light platform. Seven robotic mechanic devices can be manipulated interactively by the audience, manipulating the sound of the objects. The six robotic mechanics beat the objects, creating a constantly changing polyrhythmic web of sound and rhythm.
“Simon Moritz Geist’s new work ‘Soft Manipulator’, continues to explore the black box of electronic sound production by laying out an array of everyday objects and mini-robots, which acoustically interact with these objects, on the flat surface of a table. As in his previous well-known robot installation “MR 808 Interactive Drum Machine”, the audience can control this interaction, this time by means of easily manipulating objects and knobs which require no particular expertise to operate. Thus the installation supports an inherent desire for experimentation and sound – in a playful way with everyday objects and mechanical robots.” (Jessica Buskirk, ALTANA Gallery)
Date of release: 2017
To be seen till February 2018 at Altana Gallery Dresden
Kustodie der TU Dresden
Helmholtzstraße 9, 01069 Dresden
Open: Mo – Fr 10Am – 6Pm Uhr
Funded with support of the “Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz”