[din, n5md, city centre offices, vertical form...]
is Arovane? And who is Nedjev? Tell me something about your beginings in
music, about experiments with microphones, treated tapes and casio
keyboards in the 80's.
zahn and uwe zahn=nedjev. I started the project nedjev to release music
with a lowfi touch.
do you mean with that? You mean like low fi aesthetics, like what Pavement
were doing in the rock music?
lofi sounds. Noisy sounds, crackling, humming. And the use of older
digital synths like the casio vz-m. it sounds very noisy and
interested in acoustic experiments. In the 80’s i don’t have enough
money to buy a sampler or synthesizer. I took tape recorders to record
sounds. I manipulate the hardware of the tape recorder to slow down the
speed, play tapes backwards…I use two or three microphones in different
rooms and mix the signal.
have been doing some experiments with tapes myself. I think that is
actually very interesting way of collecting and compiling various sounds.
me, it was a way to manipulate sounds in the pre-era of sampling.
basic idea behind six and more sessions has been, one the one hand, to
provide an open platform of cooperation for musicians involved in
electronic music in one way or another and, on the other hand to create a
type of music that can only be realized by a rather special concept.. this
led an open ended series of sessions at wich six and more musicians would
interact in free collective improvisation and thus create intricately
structured, resourceful and dynamic sonic space….pure communication by
1991 you have moved to Berlin. How much that influenced your views about
have a massive influence to my sound. the infrastructure of clubs, labels,
mastering studios, record shops is very important for me and my music.
another important aspect is the contact and the cooperation with other
musicians. Christian kleine for example, played guitar for the tides
do you think about today's new music? There are many artists that make
noise or glitch sounds often not pleasant to listen to. Your music is, on
contrary, very listenable and soothing.
always try to keep the balance between the experiment with noisy
structures and sounds and the basic melodic idea of a track.
guess today there aren't any new big (=popular) bands like Orbital,
Underworld etc... What do you think, does the music needs bands like that
to go forwards and upwards and to change, or probably the less known bands
and musicians are those who actually make new sounds and revolutionarise
I played not in a band before but in the collective of s.a.m. and it was a
very important experience for me. Communication is the key word. When
you're sitting in the studio, working alone, there's not much
communication. Communication with the machines.
did you get in touch with city centre offices? (they have released your
album tides) And what do you think, or - do you like other c c o albums:
ulrich schnauss, static, …?
get in touch with thaddi over the kiss fm radio station and the radio
massive show. Few years later he founded cco and I made the first single
release and the tides album.
away trains…..is a fantastic pop album. Also like the christian kleine
and remote viewer productions very much.
1995 you have made breakbeat tracks for a berlin radiostation kiss fm. Is
that some kind of experimental radio station?
fm is a comercial radio station. 1994/95 they have a live show called
radio massive for breakbeat, jungle and electronic music. they played
tracks from unknown artists. I released a track on the german drum and
bass compilation, barcode on motor music/case invaders.
music you listen to most lately?
to the monolake album, cinemascope. New boards of canada album , the
dynamo cd and computeracoustic music.
have releases on many labels: din, vertical form, city centre offices,
awkward silence recordings, engelszorn… Why do you release your music on
all those different labels? All that is very nice, but it’s also very
hard for people to follow your next step, your next release.
was a way for me, as an unknown artist to spread my name around the world.
but now and for the future I will release on din and maybe on cco. I made
a lot of remixes for different labels and this took a lot of my time and
creative energy. For 2002 I will concentrate on my work for my new album
me about your collaboration with Christian Kleine and Phonem.
kleine and me have the same wavelength in producing music. our studios has
nearly the same equipment, it is easy for us to swap sounds and produce
tracks. The collaboration between elliot (phonem) and me was very
intersting because phonem is mainly working with software. I’m working
mainly with hardware to produce tracks. It was a special experience to
connect both systems and combine our way to make music.
is too much music in the world. Do you agree with this statement?
there’s a lot of sounds and music, a lot of labels and artists. It is
hard to find music that you like. It is a good aspect that there’s a lot
of different styles in music and a lot of artist’s and labels. It
depends on you to choose the music carefully
and listen to it.
are your most favourite influences? What kind of music or what bands or
musicians, or albums – influenced you?
is not just one style of music, or artist that influenced me.
Computermusic and musique concrete influenced me. Minimal music and
gamelan music has it’s influences.
do you think about the attacs on America that happened on 11. 10. 2001?
was shocked about it. I was in new york after the first bomb attacks on
the wtc. I can’t believe it that the highest buildings in new york not
exist now. I don’t have a special sense or interest for politic but I
think war is the wrong way and
brings no solutions for our world.
i see, you've got in contact with Andrei Gorohov from www.muzprosvet.ru.
How that happened?
contact me via e-mail and asked me if
we can make an interview.
I will try to keep up with your future releases.
a lot for this interview. Uwe