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Dahlke (left, keyboards) and Michael Kemner (bass) playing with Fehlfarben in Hagen in 2006
|Birth name||Kurt Dahlke|
|Also known as||Pyrolator|
|Born||29 April 1958|
|Origin||Wuppertal, NRW, Germany|
|Genres||Experimental, techno, post-punk, electronic, new wave|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, producer, engineer|
|Labels||Warning Records, Ata Tak, Bureau-B, Captain Trip Records, Suezan Studio|
|Associated acts||Der Plan, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, Fehlfarben, A Certain Frank, Bombay 1, Burkina Electric|
|Thunder Lightning II, Brontologic|
Kurt Dahlke (April 29, 1958) is a German musician and producer. He is a founding member of record label/publishing company Ata Tak and has worked and still works in several bands. Dahlke is also known as Pyrolator. Several times he has been commissioned by the Goethe-Institut for workshops or concerts.
On stage Dahlke operates his computer/synthesizer hardware by the movement or the pressure of the hands, with Thunder and Lightning II" two controllers built by Don Buchla.
In 1978 Dahlke was a founding member of D.A.F., but left the band in 1979, when he became a member of Der Plan (until 1992), and Fehlfarben (until 1980 and again since 2002). From the same year on he labeled his solo work as Pyrolator.
In 1996 he worked with his Der Plan partner Frank Fenstermacher as A certain Frank, in 2005 he started a collaboration with painter Jörn Stoya as Bombay 1.
Until today he's been involved as musician, engineer or producer in more than 400 releases.
In 1979 he released Inland, his first album as Pyrolator. The cover stated: Pyrolator Synthesizer Inland, the music is quite experimental, close to industrial music, incorporating field recordings and harsh electronica. On the follow-up Ausland (1981) he worked with a list of Ata Tak associated guests including his Der Plan colleagues and Holger Hiller. The songs range from experimental electronica to synth-pop, where Wunderland (1984) became his most playful, melodic and popular effort with references to world music.
1987's Pyrolator's Traumland with Susan Brackeen on vocals and a whole range of guest musicians became his most commercial and less experimental album. He then teamed up with Linda Sharrock and Frank Samba for Every 2nd, an album commissioned for the German Olympic pavilion at the 1988 Seoul Games.
With the singles Ficcion Disco and City Space from 1992/1993 he moved towards Techno, which lead to his productions for Antonelli Electr. the techno project of Stefan Schwander - another Ata Tak artist (with The I-Burnettes, 1990, and The Bad Examples, from 1996 on).
The two labels have been a fulcrum of the German Post-punk/ Neue Deutsche Welle scene, with releases of artists like Der Plan, Lost Gringos, D.A.F., Die Zimmermänner, Holger Hiller, Andreas Dorau, S.Y.P.H., Die Tödliche Doris, or Minus Delta T.
- Pyrolator albums:
- Inland (1979)
- Ausland (1981)
- Wunderland (1984)
- Hometaping is Killing Music (as Pyrolator/A.K.Klosowski) (1985)
- Traumland (1987)
- Every Second (as Pyrolator/Sharrock/Samba) (1988)
- Neuland (2011)
- A Certain Frank albums:
- no end of no (1996)
- Nobody ? No! (1998)
- remixed by... (1999)
- Nothing (2001)
- Wildlife Live (2006)
- Fehlfarben albums:
- Monarchie und Alltag (1980)
- Knietief im Dispo (2002)
- 26 1/2 (2006)
- Handbuch für die Welt (2007)
- Hier und jetzt (Live, 2009)
- Glücksmaschinen (2010)
- Bombay 1 albums:
- The Identity Thing (2001)
- Me Like You (2002)
- Strobl (2005)
- Der Plan albums:
- Geri Reig (1980)
- Normalette Surprise (1981)
- Die letzte Rache (1983)
- Japlan (1985)
- Fette Jahre (1986)
- Es ist eine fremde und seltsame Welt (1987)
- Perlen (1988)
- Die Peitsche des Lebens (1989)
- Live At The Tiki Ballroom (1993)
- Ein Produkt der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Freundschaft (1979)
- Trashmuseum - I’d Rather Die Young Before I Grow Old Without You (1985) (with Stoya and Thomas Schwebel
- Air-Weaving (1995)
- Telarana - Frühlingserwachen (1996)
- Beta Foly (1997) with Lukas Ligeti
- Pascal Plantinga Live (2006)
- Burkina Electric (2006) (with Lukas Ligeti)
- http://www.discogs.com/artist/Deutsch+Amerikanische+Freundschaft "Kurt Dahlke was replaced by Chrislo Haas (electronic instruments, bass-guitar, saxophone) in 1979"
- "Demented pop music from the very early days of sampling" Digitalmeltd0wn
- Catalog of Ata Tak
- Catalog of Das Büro