captured a night mood.
a hypnotic space mood.
surfing on asteroids.
Surfing on Asteroids
captured a night mood.
updates on my musical journey
captured a night mood.
a hypnotic space mood.
surfing on asteroids.
I want to upload a tombak improv every now and then to keep track of my progress. have the tombak since 4,5 months now.
My current focus in music is learning the persian goblet drum “Tombak”.
Watch a video of me improvising …
A long post about the tendency to not finish projects, because of letting them get to big. An example is my Bachelor thesis “Tintflow” which you can read all about here.
Berghain-styles für meinen lieben Mitbewohner Simon zum Geburtstag …
Still just exploring, but this video shows a moment when it first made CLICK for me. And: AHA!
How does dreaming connect to composing music? Had some insights …
First public Franzkemullerfroese Session
Worldwide Sound Interconnectedness
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I felt inspired to officially welcome the new year on this blog. This time for real, I have a strong feeling, that this will be the year, when I (or we) finally break the silence. I left so much mental mess behind me that has been keeping me away from my own artistic journey. Finally, […]
Lovely things happening. I was spontanously invited to join Supetar Super Film Festival on a lovely island in Croatia. Our documentary “On the Way Home” was selected to be screened there and Sergey (Kachkin, the director) and me are likely to hold a workshop about international collaboration and internet-only workflows. If you are around, say […]
My dear friend and Dåbermann-collaborator Hamer used my music for presenting a design project he was involved in (doing Processing-Code): Caelum, visualizing weather data. To get all the details, watch the video. It’s great! Actually he pushed me to actually make a final version of a track, that was close to being finished in Summer […]
When I first stumbled across Kitkaliitto on Soundcloud I immediatly liked their style. And it struck me: “Man, these guys are a little bit like a finnish version of Dåbermann.” 3 guys, collaborating on electronic tracks. Maybe we differ a bit in approach and sound palette, but this is still my picture of them. Some […]
As announced earlier, last friday I had my first real solo-performance with material that matters to me. It took place at an exhibition opening of my friend Lilli. The thought behind the performance was to try to convey the atmosphere of her book “Todkehlchen”. In my way of interpreting it, it is a silently drawn […]
It has been a little silent here for a while. I moved to a new city and took some time to clear out my musical head. Slowly, the engines are starting again… The first manifestation of this process will be a performance, that will accompany the exhibtion of Lilli Gärtner’s illustration diploma. I took a deep […]
I did an Interrail-Trip in March/April 2010. Travelling from Aachen through Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy to Greece. By train. In Greece i travelled a bit around (Peloponnes, Athens and Tessaloniki) and then went to Istanbul. The way home was through Bukarest, Budapest, Vienna and Innsbruck. Really a great trip for me, it finally gave […]
What you see above is the trailer of a russian documentary, that I will contribute sound and music to. We are still in the beginning of our workflow, but it is a very nice team around russian director Sergey Kachkin and the romanian film-producer Andra Matresu. I am really looking forward to compose music, that […]
There is a small town in Belgium, called Neerpelt, where they have this wonderful place: Klankenbos, which translates to “Soundforest”. Initiated by musica.be, they invite sound-artists to contribute installations to the forest. So visitors can go around and experience sound in new ways. Just to give an example: there is a glass-cube in the forest, […]
Tonight we released our second Dåbermix. It is pretty different from the first one, more calm. We don’t speak about what music we should do. It just comes out naturally, so this is where we were during the last 3 months of 2009. Happy listening!
Back in the days I always thought, that it’s a drawback to not have a certain direction in my music. I was mixing up styles and thought that was not right somehow. I made excuses: “I am still searching for something, that is ‘my style’, that i can call mine.” Nowadays that feels kind of […]
Ambient-artist Darage Bang started a new post-series to feature appreciated artists he found through Soundcloud: Darage Bang presents Cloudy and Pleasant With my piano piece Ursulurn, I happen to be one of them. Thanks a lot, Frank! The music over there is somewhere between ambient, downtempo, drone and experimental. If you’re interested give it a […]
I just removed Mixed Sessions from the internet. It is really old and has nothing to do with what i’m up to musically. I don’t want to get connected to this Garageband-approach of making electronic music. There are better things to come… If anybody still has the desire to listen to the tracks, shoot me […]
There is a strange unbalance between the effort you put into your music to merely get noticed, and the reward you get (speaking of attention, not money). Through a Spotify-Premium membership i have access to more music than I, my children, grand-children and all their relatives will ever have time to listen to. When I […]
Imagine the words “What have I become?” out of Johnny Cash’s mouth. This is what’s left of my thoughts after one wonderful concert: Peter Broderick and Nils Frahm. Again, just as with Hauschka’s concert, it took me down to earth. Being there, sucking in the atmosphere it makes everything else so obsolete. Music is about […]
I am a little proud of this one. Yesterday we released our first Dåbermann-Mix. Give it a listen and download here: “Now wait!”, you might ask. “What is Dåbermann? Who is ‘we’? And why proud?” Okay, I’ll do some clarification: We, that are Chris, Hamer and me. We met earlier this year to mess with 3 laptops […]
Since my last band split up two years ago, my solo-endeavours were nearly the only musical activity I followed. Looking back on the results of that last period, I must say, that there is not too much output. There is Mixed Sessions, which I now can’t really listen to anymore, since it’s so old and […]
I don’t know exactly when that happened, but I recently discovered that Om Records has now also joined the Spotify-game. That, of course, means that LifeB is now also on there. Feels kind of nice. Follow this link to get redirected to the track. If anybody out there puts together a playlist, where my track […]
As some of you know, I’m still a student of what is called “Communication and Multimediadesign“. There you learn dealing with all different kinds of media, no matter if it’s print, web, film or audio. Unfortunately I never touched much audio during the studies. I had no room for it. But I gain more and more […]
In Summer 2008 I first explored, how noises and random sounds can form to rhythm and go along with calm acoustic sounds. That concept took hold on me for some time. Now and then I did some small sketches, that would fall into that category. I had two of them already on Soundcloud, Cleansing and […]
It’s been now already two weeks living off my daily routine trying to focus on music. It feels really great to just make yourself room for what you call your passion. Nevertheless, it was of course (again) a bit naive to think, that after these 3 weeks there will be an EP to be released. […]
I’m happy to see my older work still appealing to people. Recently i was asked if my track “These Days” could be used for the graduation project of two german film-students: Christopher Holme and Frank Seleger. They made a really good and professional Short Documentary on Kite-Surfing called “Synthese”. Paid a lot of attention on small […]
It’s been a long time since anyone knowing me through my music got any updates about where I’m heading. This post wants to show what has happened since “Mixed Sessions” and what to expect from me in near future. Back in the days, when I got my first own computer I started using it for […]
Welcome reader, or so to say, welcome listener. This site is dedicated to the musical outcome, the musical passion and musical practice of Nicken. Nicken: a 22 year-old media-student from western Germany. Mind fulltime dedicated to music. Body struggles to do so, but since there are still Bachelor-Thesis’ to be written, it’s a tough balance […]
tips & tricks, that i've learned along the way
I just stumbled upon a new way to perform in Ableton. This is just a proof of concept, but given a prepared MIDI-Clip you could find some interesting results… Think of Instrument-Racks. Kind of remxing your MIDI via Mouse. Ok. It’s actually just for fun, but picture the potential. So please send me your compositions […]
There are many people out there using the Novation Nocturn (me included), since it was one of the first controllers that did a lot for little money. The tight integration between hardware and software does the trick. Having read about the Automap-feature made me really looking forward to get this device into my hands, since […]
Recently I read Peter Kirn’s (CreateDigitalMusic) good tutorial on User Remote Scripting in Ableton Live. It’s a tiny text-file that you put into a folder inside of Ableton’s Preferences-directory. This way you have the possibility to store Midi-Mapping Defaults and to gain some automapping-niceness. I don’t want to go into detail, because the article is […]
read, watch, listen to work that inspired me
I just stumbled upon this very beautiful short piece by Alex Romanov called “Enjoy the Silence”.
For me, this is true art. Pictures, colours, movement, music – all in perfect harmony. Stunning.
I’m totally hooked right now. So, so good: GoGo Penguin. Give it a listen!!
Listen to this 17 minute Break/Bass-Mixtape i’m hooked on.
I’m astonished by the energy these three 21-year-old Canadians create: BADBADNOTGOOD. Just stumbled “accidently” upon this track on Soundcloud.
Brambles is a true discovery.
Listen to this gem!
Just watched this inspiring talk by Graham Hancock, in which he connects the world’s current state of misery with the suppression of states of expanded consciousness. Recommended!
If you are a musician yourself and have 1,5 hours of spare time, I highly recommend listening to this man, Kenny Werner. Just stumbled upon this class without knowing about him and will now search for his book, because it was such an inspiring experience. I really like how he is not about the technical […]
When I found this video it hit me hard. I can fully identify with it und subscribe 100% to its message. It’s an excerpt from a Joe Rogan & Bryan Callen podcast. Have a listen! Some gems for me: My friend is doing sth. really special here. And I know I have sth. in me […]
I continue my “Found in the Cloud”-Series with Julien Mier. Here is an example of what I especially love about the Soundcloud-journey so far. There were some musicians I stumbled upon quite early in my time being on the SC-Network. Actually Julien stumbled upon me writing a very elaborate feedback to one of my former […]
In my last post I wrote about how today‘s over-availability of music leads to a switch in music-listening. One of the commenter suggested to try listening to ambient music. Actually i don‘t like the term ,Ambient‘. I don‘t know where these associations come from, but I then have people in my head, who normally don‘t […]
Now I want everybody to take out their mobile phones and take a picture of me. Now I want everybody to take the person next to you and send him a text message. Now I want everybody to take the person next to you and kiss. 1… 2… 3… kiss! Now make a bass sound! […]
It happens that you randomly browse the web and find nothing but crap. And it happens that you make a discovery: In an interview, I read about Peter Broderick contributing a track to a Belgium label called Slaapwel (“Sleep well”). This label releases only music to fall asleep by. Interesting, I read further. I discovered […]
Kyrie Eleison by petersauces Once I received a Souncloud message saying: Seems like every user I check out is making minimal techno. [Your music] was a breath of fresh air. Danke schön! Of course this is the stuff I like to hear. But this is also what came to my mind stumbling across Pedros music. […]
The Detroit Sun by sundur Okay. I’ll start off with no stranger. Actually I already made music with this guy. I don’t know exactly, if Sundur is to be his Artist-name… for now it is. (He is also spinning minimal records. Check his MySpace) The deal: Considering his level of skill, it’s absolutely inappropriate, that […]
I’m a huge fan of Soundcloud. Always wanted to take some time to write down a kind of Manifesto ala “Reasons why I love Soundcloud” (as opposed to MySpace). Maybe that will follow some time in future. There are several things Soundcloud does really different, thus making it a superior music-service. I also always wanted […]
As stated earlier I also wanted to use this blog for recommending music. To give some insight into which artists inspire me. Hauschka is one of the recent ones. I heard his music the first time sitting on a church’s floor. Listening to Hauschka and two accompanying cello players was such a true and real moment. […]