Ellen Allien

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Ellen Allien
Ellen Allien (MAGMA 2006, Tenerife).jpg
Ellen Allien in 2006
Background information
Birth name Ellen Fraatz
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Experimental techno, Techno, IDM, Tech house
Occupations Vocalist, remixer, producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992 to present
Labels BPitch Control
Spectral Sound
Associated acts Apparat
Website http://www.ellenallien.de/
http://www.bpitchcontrol.de/

Ellen Allien (born in Berlin as Ellen Fraatz) is a German electronic musician, music producer, and the founder of BPitch Control music label. Her album Stadtkind was dedicated to the city of Berlin, and she cites the culture of reunified Berlin as one of the main inspirations for her music.[1] She sings in both German and English. Her music is best described as a blend of IDM and electro music, which is dance-floor oriented, yet at the same time has noticeable experimental elements.[citation needed] She currently lives in Berlin.

History[edit]

Ellen Allien was born and grew up in West Berlin.[2] During 1989, she lived in London where she first came into contact with electronic music.[1] When she later returned to Berlin, electronic music had become increasingly popular in Germany.[1] In 1992, she became resident DJ at the Bunker, Tresor, and E-Werk.[3][2] She started her own show on the Berlin radio station Kiss FM and created her own record label, calling them both "Braincandy". Due to problems with distribution, she gave the Braincandy label up in 1997 and instead began organizing parties with the name, "Pitch Control".[2] Allien created the label BPitch Control in 1999.[2][4]

She released her first album, Stadtkind, in 2001, and her second album, Berlinette, in 2003. In 2005, after releasing the album Thrills, Allien created a BPitch sublabel called "Memo Musik" for minimal tech and minimal house. Orchestra of Bubbles, a collaboration with Apparat, was released in 2006. During the same year, Allien launched her own fashion line, "Ellen Allien Fashion", which can be seen as "an extension of her philosophy of life".[citation needed]

After the minimalistic Sool in 2008, she released her fifth solo album, Dust, in 2010.

Allien made a brief appearance in the 2009 electronic music documentary, Speaking In Code.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs / singles[edit]

  • 1995 – "Ellen Allien E.P." (XAMP03)[6]
  • 1995 – "Yellow Sky Vol. II" (MFS7074-0)
  • 1997 – "Be Wild" (BRAINCANDY002)
  • 1997 – "Rockt Krieger" (BRAINCANDY003)
  • 2000 – "Last Kiss '99" (BPC008)
  • 2000 – "Dataromance" (BPC013)
  • 2001 – "Dataromance" (Remixes) (BPC029)
  • 2001 – "Stadtkind" (Remixes) (BPC030)
  • 2002 – "Erdbeermund" (BPC041)
  • 2003 – "Trash Scapes" (Remixes) (BPC066)
  • 2003 – "Alles Sehen" (Remixes) (BPC073)
  • 2004 – "Astral" (BPC085)
  • 2005 – "Magma" (BPC105)
  • 2005 – "Your Body Is My Body" (BPC113)
  • 2006 – "Just A Man/Just A Woman" (with Audion) (SPC36)
  • 2006 – "Down" (Remixes) (BPC116)
  • 2006 – "Turbo Dreams" (BPC124)
  • 2006 – "Way Out" (Remixes) (BPC129)
  • 2006 – "Jet" (Remixes) (BPC135)
  • 2007 – "Go" (BPC160)
  • 2008 – "Sprung / Its" (BPC176)
  • 2008 – "Out Remixes" (BPC178)
  • 2008 – "Elphine Remixes" (BPC181)
  • 2008 – "Ondu / Caress" (BPC186)
  • 2009 – "Lover" (BPC199)
  • 2010 – "Pump" (BPC209)
  • 2010 – "Flashy Flashy" (BPC216)
  • 2011 – "Dust (remixes)" EP (BPC232)[7]
  • 2014 – "Freak" EP (BPC300)[8]

Mix CDs[edit]

  • 2001 - Flieg mit Ellen Allien ("Fly with Ellen Allien")
  • 2002 - Weiss.Mix ("White mix")
  • 2004 - My Parade
  • 2007 - Fabric 34: Ellen Allien
  • 2007 - Time Out Presents - The Other Side: Berlin
  • 2007 - Bpitch Control Camping Compilation 03
  • 2008 - Boogybytes, vol. 04
  • 2010 - Watergate 05

Remixes[edit]

  • 1996 - Gut-Humpe - "Butterpump (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 1996 - Gut-Humpe - "Butter (Ellen Allien dub)"
  • 2001 - Malaria! - "Eifersucht (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2001 - Miss Kittin & Goldenboy - "Rippin Kittin (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2001 - PeterLicht - "Die Transsylvanische Verwandte Ist Da (Ellen Allien Fun Maniac mix)"
  • 2002 - Covenant - "Bullet (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2003 - Apparat - "Koax (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2003 - Barbara Morgenstern - "Aus Heiterem Himmel (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2003 - OMR - "The Way We Have Chosen (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2003 - Sascha Funke - "Forms And Shapes (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2003 - Vicknoise - "Chromosoma 23 (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2004 - Gold Chains - "Let's Get It On (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2004 - Gudrun Gut - "Butterfly (Ellen Allien Butter dub mix)"
  • 2004 - Miss Yetti - "Marguerite (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2004 - Neulander - "Sex, God + Money (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2005 - George Thompson - "Laid Back Snack Attack (Ellen Allien Via mix)"
  • 2006 - Audion - "Just A Man (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2007 - Beck - "Cellphone's Dead (Ellen Allien rmx)"
  • 2007 - Louderbach - "Season 6 (Ellen Allien Away rmx)"
  • 2007 - Safety Scissors - "Where Is Germany And How Do I Get There (Ellen Allien Germany rmx)"
  • 2009 - Uffie - "Pop The Glock (Ellen Allien Bang The Glock Mix 2009)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ellen Allien Interview". 11th-hour. 2002. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ellen Allien". Index Magazine. 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "EX.180 Ellen Allien". Resident Advisor. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Glasby, Taylor (8 April 2014). "Interview: Ellen Allien". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  5. ^ International Film Series
  6. ^ "Ellen Allien - Ellen Allien E.P. (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 5 October 2014. [better source needed]
  7. ^ "Ellen Allien - Dust (Remixes) (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 5 October 2014. [better source needed]
  8. ^ "Ellen Allien - Freak (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 5 October 2014. [better source needed]

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