• Good Morning,

    Two theories, two perspectives within the discourse of art and music are, as it were, alternating in beautiful regularity. On the one hand the aspect of "timelessness" and on the other hand "that things can come back if they know why they were gone". In the end, this doesn't matter in the best sense in the historical classification of good music.

    This also applies to REINHARD VOIGT's album STURM, which was first released in 1999 on the Frankfurt label Mille Plateaux. Somewhere between Ambient and Clicks & Cuts, the loops sometimes move droningly dark, sometimes groovy, inside and apart. A wonderfully self-forgotten sound frenzy that beamed us without any sentimentality or backwardness into the freedom and lightness of the 90s in which this music was invented …

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    Guten Morgen,

    zwei Theorien, zwei Blickwinkel der Betrachtung von Kunst und Musik geben sich in schöner Regelmäßigkeit gewissermaßen die Diskursklinke in die Hand. Zum einen der Aspekt der "Zeitlosigkeit", zum anderen, "dass Dinge zurückkommen dürfen, wenn sie wissen, warum sie weg waren". Am Ende spielt das bei der historischen Einordnung von guter Musik aber im besten Sinne keine Rolle.

    Das trifft auch auf das Album STURM von REINHARD VOIGT zu, das erstmals 1999 auf dem Frankfurter Label Mille Plateaux erschienen ist. Irgendwo zwischen Ambient und Clicks & Cuts bewegen sich die Loops mal dronig düster, mal groovig leicht, in- und auseinander. Ein wunderbar selbstvergessener Soundtaumel, der uns ohne jede Sentimentalität oder Rückwärtsgewandtheit in die Freiheit und Leichtigkeit der 90er Jahre beamt, in denen diese Musik erfunden wurde ...

    Posted on May 20th 2020
  • After last year's lauded 3-track EP "TOPINAMBUR" we're more than happy to announce ROBAG WRUHME's return to SPEICHER. On the A-side, Robag delivers a deep hypnotic chugger that goes by the simple but ultimately affirmative name "YES". In all its simplicity, it's one of those tracks that gently tosses you down the famous rabbit hole. The flip side "CALMA CALMA" is pure summer festival bliss, resurrecting the spine-tingling a cappella from C'Hantal's proto techno classic "The Realm" for the 2020's. Both tracks are 100% Robag... highly emotive, über sexy and yet somehow hazardous.

    Posted on May 15th 2020
  • As a bonus to last week's release of Wolfgang Voigt’s new full length “Freiland Klaviermusik 2”, this week’s digital 12” release entitled “Freiland Klaviermusik – Promillo“ features three additional unreleased tracks.

    In the final chapter of this Freiland series, Wolfgang Voigt rocks the Machine Piano / the Piano Machine one more time. Twelve-tone Krautrock for Acid ghosts, dancing on the fast lane of atonality.

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    Als Extra-Bonus zum letzte Woche erschienenen Album „Freiland Klaviermusik 2“ gibt es diesen Mittwoch die Digital-Maxi „Freiland Klaviermusik – Promillo“ mit drei bislang unveröffentlichten Tracks für Euch.

    Zum Abschluss des Freiland-Zyklus legt Wolfgang Voigt hier noch einmal Hand an das Maschinenklavier, an die Klaviermaschine. Zwölfton-Krautrock für tanzende Acid-Geister auf der atonalen Überholspur.

    Posted on May 13th 2020
  • Taken from "Music Made Paradise", released on Kompakt on April 10th.

    Posted on May 7th 2020
  • No more fun and games, let’s get serious! This digital Wednesday’s release is all about art!

    "Freiland Klaviermusik“ is a project by Wolfgang Voigt (aka GAS), originally released in 2008 on his Profan label. The first Freiland album "Klaviermusik" was released in 2010 and gained international media attention. A single "Geduld" was released on 12" and remixed by DJ Koze.

    The music of Freiland is based on the piano as the name suggests but also incorporates the straight bass drum. Wolfgang Voigt is consistently minimalistic - shaking the borders between abstraction and groove, man and machine. A distinctive hybrid is born from twelve tone music and Techno that is machine made manual work. Manmade Machine Music.

    "Freiland Klaviermusik 2" returns where the predecessor had pressed pause. Which is fortunate for all of us.

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    Schluss mit lustig, jetzt wird’s ernst: An diesem digitalen Mittwoch gibt es Kunst!

    "Freiland Klaviermusik" ist ein Projekt von Wolfgang Voigt, erschienen erstmals 2008 auf seinem Label Profan. Das erste Album von 2010 “Klaviermusik” (PROFAN CD 9) erlangte internationale Aufmerksamkeit (u.a. Platte der Ausgabe in SPEX, 09/2010), die Maxi-Auskopplung "Geduld" (PROFAN 033) wurde von DJ Koze geremixed.

    Wie der Name bereits vermuten lässt, basiert die Musik von Freiland auf Klavier, auf der geraden Bassdrum und Klavier, um genau zu sein. Konsequent minimalistisch bringt Wolfgang Voigt hier die Grenzen zwischen Abstraktion und Groove und zwischen Mensch und Maschine ins Wanken. Ein unverwechselbarer experimenteller Hybrid aus Zwölftonmusik und Techno entsteht. Maschinelle Handarbeit. Handgemachte Maschinenmusik.

    Das vorliegende Album "Freiland Klaviermusik 2" knüpft genau da an, wo sein Vorgänger 2010 die Pausetaste gedrückt hat. Zum Glück.

    Posted on May 6th 2020
  • The legendary OKTEMBER EP by Wolfgang Voigt’s GAS project is released today on Kompakt Records, pressed on 180 gram vinyl in its original artwork.

    A monumental soundtrack to uncertain times.

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    Die legendäre OKTEMBER EP von Wolfgang Voigt’s GAS Projekt ist ab heute als 180-Gramm-Vinyl im originalen Artwork wieder erhältlich!

    Ein monumentaler Soundtrack für unruhige Zeiten.

    Posted on May 1st 2020
  • Dear folks,

    Every Wednesday, count on KOMPAKT’s new download store to supply you with the finest in digital entertainment for your home cinema. This week, we rediscover two classics from Reinhard Voigt that have been out of print for ages and never available digitally. We present one of his earliest techno releases “KULTUR E.P.” plus his ambient mini-album “PREMIERE WORLD”. The latter happens to have it’s 20th Anniversary next month so a great reason to celebrate! Stay young. Stay cool. Stay safe.

    Hey Leute,

    jeden Mittwoch senden wir Euch digitales Entertainment vom Feinsten direkt ins Heimkino. Diesmal haben wir zwei lange vergriffene Klassiker von Reinhard Voigt für Euch, die so unterschiedlich wie unverwechselbar sind. Das Profan-Techno-Frühwerk “KULTUR E.P.“ und das Ambient Mini-Album “PREMIERE WORLD”, welches nächsten Monat sein 20 jähriges Release Jubiläum begeht. Ein Grund zum Feiern. Bleibt jung. Bleibt cool. Bleibt gesund.

    Posted on April 29th 2020
  • Home is where the heart is, and in this case that saying rings true. Though Michael Mayer puts his love, sweat and tears into running KOMPAKT between producing music and DJing, he has managed to evade releasing anything solo on the mothership for the past 8 years (!!). There’s been no shortage of musical output in that time – be it his DJ Kicks, the ambitious collaborative full length “&”, and remixes for Metronomy, Weval, Arthur Baker and Jagwar Ma to name a few. This new decade promises a world of change, and fortunately for Michael (and all of us), his begins with the release of HIGHER on April 24th.

    Italo Disco and early 90’s US Deep House (think Nu Groove, Strictly Rhythm, Nervous) are some of the foundation blocks of what motivated Michael to become a DJ and create music. He finds inspiration with the sample heavy tracks from that era – particularly the ones that used the human voice as an instrument to generate freshness, soul and warmth. To those that have seen Michael Mayer DJ will immediately recall the spirit of his sets when first hearing the title track HIGHER. A House number that is playfully serenaded by lyric-less throwback vocals. DOOT DOOT is a deeper acid tinged affair that is carried by wordless vocal melody that recalls a classic Susanne Vega song from an era gone by.

    Michael has never been shy of playing a little proto-trance now and then – TAKE A STAND FOR LOVE adheres to the harmonic practice of the genre but changes things up thanks to a growling, gorgeous bass rhythm. Peak time pleasurable. BELLE DE LUNE is how we know Michael best and an apt finale that is introspective but very much dance floor driven. The track evokes an insatiable steaminess thanks to melodic bass rhythms and haunting synths. Epically lush.

    You can get both the download and the 12" vinyl directly from us!

    Posted on April 24th 2020
  • Like almost no other Jürgen Paape has defined the “Sound of Kompakt” by delivering global smash hits such as “Take That“, “Ofterschwang“ and above all “So weit wie noch nie“. In 1995 he released the 12inch “Panorama” under the alias Areal which came out on NTA (New Trance Atlantic), the preceding label of Kompakt, followed by “Reval” (released under his real name) on Wolfgang Voigts Profan Label in 1997.

    Both records are out of stock for decades. Fully remastered and each coming with one additional bonus track taken from that era, Reval and Panorama are now available as exclusive downloads via kompakt.fm

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    Mit weltweiten Club Hits wie “Take That“, “Ofterschwang“ und vor allem “So weit wie noch nie“ hat Jürgen Paape den “Sound of Kompakt“ von Anfang an entscheidend mitgeprägt. Unter dem Projektnamen Areal erschien 1995 auf dem Kompakt Vorläufer Label NTA (New Trance Atlantic) die Maxi “Panorama“ und 1997 unter seinem eigenen Namen die EP “Reval“ auf Wolfgang Voigts Profan Label.

    Reval und Panorama, die beiden seit Jahrzehnten vergriffenen Platten erscheinen nun, klanglich überarbeitet und erweitert um jeweils einen unveröffentlichten Bonustrack aus dieser Zeit, als exklusiver Download über kompakt.fm

    Posted on April 22nd 2020
  • After last year's lauded 3-track EP "TOPINAMBUR" we're more than happy to announce ROBAG WRUHME's return to SPEICHER. On the A-side, Robag delivers a deep hypnotic chugger that goes by the simple but ultimately affirmative name "YES". In all its simplicity, it's one of those tracks that gently tosses you down the famous rabbit hole. The flip side "CALMA CALMA" is pure summer festival bliss, resurrecting the spine-tingling a cappella from C'Hantal's proto techno classic "The Realm" for the 2020's. Both tracks are 100% Robag... highly emotive, über sexy and yet somehow hazardous.

    After last year's lauded 3-track EP "TOPINAMBUR" we're more than happy to announce ROBAG WRUHME's return to SPEICHER. On the A-side, Robag delivers a deep hypnotic chugger that goes by the simple but ultimately affirmative name "YES". In all its simplicity, it's one of those tracks that gently tosses you down the famous rabbit hole. The flip side "CALMA CALMA" is pure summer festival bliss, resurrecting the spine-tingling a cappella from C'Hantal's proto techno classic "The Realm" for the 2020's. Both tracks are 100% Robag... highly emotive, über sexy and yet somehow hazardous.

    Speicher 115 is out May 15th, pre-order here!

    Posted on April 20th 2020