Boris Blank (musician)

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Boris Blank
Boris Blank at TEDx Hamburg, June 4, 2013.jpg
Boris Blank at TEDx Hamburg, June 4, 2013.jpg
Background information
Born (1952-01-15) January 15, 1952 (age 62)
Switzerland
Genres Electronic
Occupation(s) Musician, conceptual artist
Associated acts Yello

Boris Blank (born 15 January 1952) is a Swiss artist and musician especially famous for his work in the musical duo Yello with Dieter Meier.[1]

Career[edit]

Boris Blank is the musical part of Yello. He composes the songs and is responsible for the characteristic sound, having the reputation of a perfectionist.[2] Boris considers himself as a constructor of music, starting composing with manipulation of self-recorded samples and finishing the tracks with the participation of invited professional musicians.

Prior to his musical career, Blank worked as a truck driver.[1] As a child he was very interested in music, but had no formal training. He never learned to read musical notation but always was interested in producing new sounds and samples. Blank began experimenting with tape loops and echo effects as a teenager. He recorded watersounds from a bucket of water and played sounds on a homemade bamboo flute. It was in this period he met Carlos Perón. Later, they formed Yello, with Dieter Meier as a conceptualist, vocalist and lyricist.

He also composes and produces solo music, under the name Avant Garden, which is strictly intended for licensing to the film and TV production industry. This music is currently handled by Extreme Music.

Blank was blinded in one eye in a childhood accident while playing with gunpowder and empty bullet shells.

Boris Blank lives in Zürich, with his wife, and daughter Olivia. He is the second cousin twice removed of Scottish businessman Stewart Milne.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
AUT
[3]
FR
[4]
GER SWI
[5]
2014 Convergence
(credited to Malia / Boris Blank)
39 107 24 12
2014 Electrified - - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Entertainment Weekly, "Essential Yello" Reviewed by Marisa Fox. April 30th, 1993.
  2. ^ The Yello Site
  3. ^ "Boris Blank discography". austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Boris Blank discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Boris Blank discography". hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

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