RA kicks off 2008 with something completely different: an experimental/post-punk mix from veteran producer Tobias Freund.
Tobias Freund has been making music for twenty five years. Besides earning his crust as a hired studio gun, Tobias has a long resume of techno records to his name. Often these have been collaborations, as Sieg Über Die Sonne with Dandy Jack, as Atom™ & Pink Elln with Uwe Schmidt, as nsi. with Max Loderbauer, or most recently as Odd Machine with Ricardo Villalobos. Tobias also records solo, under the name Pink Elln for techno — don’t say it out loud in German, it’s rude — and Tobias for house (remember ‘Street Knowledge’?). All in all, this is a man that has made a huge variety of music from techno to house to neo-acid to experimental/classical records.
Similarly, Tobias has torn up the rulebook for his RA Podcast. In a first for the series, RA.085 is a non-dance mix. Skipping back 25 years for the most part, Tobias' mix is a selection—drawn from an obviously fantastic record collection—that concentrates on experimental/post punk from the early eighties. Featuring XTC and Yellow Magic Orchestra offshoots, Gary Numan, Holger Czukay and a host of obscure avant garde records from the period, RA.085 is a bit of a lesson in dark, experimental machine music from the eighties. Lights down low for this one.
What have you been working on recently?
Right now I am working on the next Tobias release, which will be finished end of January. Parallel I am working with Max on some new nsi. music experiments.
Where was the mix recorded?
I recorded the mix in my living room.
What are you up to next?
I have to finish some remix requests, and after that I’ll focus on the slow beat project I started with my wife Cassy.