The 2019 Catacomb Concert: An Impression

Saturday, the 9th of November 2019, we invited select guests to join us in our live, full-length accompaniment screening of Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam from 1920. We played the entire movie, with a break in the middle. We performed our improvisations live in our subterranean practice room. It was a wonderful evening, and we had a ton of fun. In this post you will find some impressions created by our guests.

And finally, Özgür Kesim made a neat video that covers the first half of the performance. It is surprisingly good, considering it was made with a phone!

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Using a cassette player for samples — How very retro!

At a recent flea market I found this wonderful cassette recorder. It was originally used for language courses, so that’s why it has some non-standard switches on the front. I, however, use it like a normal cassette player, to give the samples a nice bit of warble and saturation.

In the short video above, you see the cassette recorder in the process of recording a sample loop from my SP404 SX sampler.

Video: Soundtrack to “Der Golem” (1920) — A Live Living-Room Concert

In this video, we perform our sound track to the movie Der Golem from 1920. We show parts from the movie and play our compositions and improvisations live on top of that. The gig took place at the Kiefholzstraße in Berlin on Saturday, the 11th of May, 2019.

We have been given this opportunity by Isabel and Christoph, who graciously provided their living room for the performance. Thanks to all who attended, to all who made this possible.

Yes, it was very loud. I’m still amazed the kids slept through it all 🙂

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New Video Clip: “Davai, Davai, Rabota.”

In 2017, we finally got our asses in gear, and produced this video clip. It’s for an unreleased track of ours, called “Davai, davai, rabota.”

Even though that means something like “let’s go to work,” we were still excruciatingly slow in actually producing it.

After releasing our full-length demo The Law of Contagion, we will now focus on building sound-tracks to movies. In this case we’ve been invited by the Potsdam Film Museum to perform a live sound track to the 1920’s film Der Golem.

That’s cool and all, but 1,5 hours is a long time. To increase the workload, we’ve also decided to build almost all the instruments ourselves. Suffice it to say that it’s going to take a while. So for now, you’ll just have to watch the video clip a couple of thousands of times. Here it is, have fun!