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, electropop
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. She currently lives in Berlin.

History[edit]

Ellen was born in Berlin. Her father played guitar and piano. During 1989, she lived in London where she first came into contact with electronic music. When she later returned to Berlin, electronic music had become increasingly popular in Germany. In 1992, she became resident DJ in the Bunker, Tresor, and in E-Werk. She started her own show on the Berlin radio station Kiss-FM and created her own record label, calling them both "Braincandy". Due to discrepancies with disk sales,[clarification needed] she gave Braincandy up in 1997 and instead, organized parties with the name, "B Pitch". Allien created the label BPitch Control in 1999. The label's releases from Sascha Funke and Tok Tok were particularly successful. Allien released her first album, Stadtkind ("city child"), in 2001, and Berlinette in 2003, After releasing Thrills, Allien created a BPitch sub-label for minimal tech and minimal house, called "Memo Musik", in 2005. Orchestra of Bubbles, in collaboration with Apparat, featurings songs like "Way Out" and "Jet", was released in 2006.

During the same year, Ellen Allien launched her own fashion line, which can be seen as "an extension of her philosophy of life“.

After the minimalistic Sool in 2008, she released her fifth solo album Dust (BPC217) in May 2010.

Allien made a brief appearance in the 2009 electronic music documentary, Speaking In Code.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs / singles[edit]

  • 1995 - "Ellen Allien EP" (XAMP03)
  • 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)

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. ^ 11th Hour Technology Interview. [1] Access date: August 10, 2008.
  2. ^ International Film Series

External links[edit]