The German producer returns with an album based on a theatre production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
German producer Apparat will release his seventh album, Krieg und Frieden, next month on Mute Records.
The album is based on a theatre production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace by German director Sebastian Hartmann. Hartmann asked the producer, real name Sascha Ring, to contribute to the project commissioned by German arts festival Ruhrfestspiele in Recklinghausen. After agreeing to take on the album, Ring spent a month in an abandoned factory building rehearsing with a 30-piece ensemble. Apparat live band members Philipp Timm and Christoph Hartmann were also involved in the production. Although the music wasn't initially intended for a proper release, Ring, Hartmann and Timm took the album into the studio after the final performance. Ring said: “In the studio the material got another twist, became a real piece of music. I took the recordings with me, wherever I was—at home, at a hotel room, in an airplane, and straightened it up."
The most recent Apparat LP was 2011's The Devil's Walk, also released on Mute, the venerable UK label helmed by Daniel Miller. Ring revealed details of the new album today on his Facebook page. He said: "It's the first record ever that didn't hurt at some point. It's full of imperfection because it was made by humans." He goes on to describe the record as "a bit of a weird record with not many beats and lots of drones."
Mute are offering a free download of album track A "Violent Sky"—grab it here.
02. 44 (noise version)
05. Blank Page
07. K&F Thema (pizzicato)
08. K&F Thema
10. A Violent Sky
Mute Records will release Krieg und Frieden on February 15th, 2013.