Mouse on Mars

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Mouse on Mars
Mouse On Mars 2001.jpg
Mouse on Mars live (2001)
Background information
Origin Düsseldorf, Germany
Genres IDM, ambient, experimental
Years active 1993 to present
Labels Too Pure
Ipecac
Thrill Jockey
Sonig
Domino
Monkeytown
Associated acts Lithops
Microstoria
Oval
Noisemashinetapes
Von Südenfed
Website www.mouseonmars.de
Members Jan St. Werner
Andi Toma

Mouse on Mars is a duo from Germany (Jan St. Werner, from Köln, and Andi Toma, from Düsseldorf) who have been making electronic music since 1993. Their music is a sometimes quirky blend of IDM, krautrock, disco, and ambient with a heavy dollop of analog synth sounds and cross-frequency modulation.[1] Their music also utilizes live conventional instruments such as strings, brass, drums, bass and guitar.

History[edit]

St. Werner and Toma are childhood friends who were born on the same day, in the same hospital.[2] Dating back to the mid‐1990s, their productions do not shy away from fractures and deconstructions of conventional patterns in electronic music; at the same time, they also play with these patterns. Their approach is characterized by a blend of intuition and reflection that spotlights a special sensitivity to structurally and harmonically interesting inventions. For the most part, their pieces do without vocal elements.

Their first album, Vulvaland, was released in 1994 on the British record label Too Pure. This is considered their "straightest" and most focused album, mixing ambient and dance forms. Their second album, Iaora Tahiti, has a much more playful feel and encompasses a wider variety of electronic dance genres. Over the years, their sound has increased in warmth, playfulness and what the duo term "fantastic analysis". On their fourth album Niun Niggung (released on Domino Records in 2000), the live instruments start to become more prominent. Idiology, their fifth album, continued this trend, while their sixth album, Radical Connector, has a more "pop" feeling. Both of these albums also increasingly include vocals, primarily by touring drummer Dodo NKishi.[3]

The band would then release their most recent full album, Parastrophics, almost six years later, in February 2012. It was their first album to be released under Modeselektor's Monkeytown record label.

Mouse on Mars regularly perform live as a three-piece, with Toma & St. Werner augmented by drummer Dodo NKishi. In 2005, they released their first live album, titled Live 04.[4]

Mouse on Mars collaborated in the studio and toured with Stereolab in the mid 1990s - the results can be heard on Stereolab's Dots and Loops album and the associated Miss Modular single, and Mouse on Mars' Cache Cœur Naïf EP. St. Werner and Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab have also performed karaoke duets.[5]

St. Werner has released solo work under the names Lithops and Noisemashinetapes.[6] St. Werner also partners with Markus Popp of Oval for Microstoria. St. Werner has also collaborated with the renowned visual artist Rosa Barba. While releasing albums on British indie labels, Mouse on Mars started their own label, Sonig, on which they release their own work and that of other German artists. They have also produced a number of EPs and have recorded music for film soundtracks as well as remixing the work of other musicians.

Mouse on Mars have collaborated with Mark E. Smith of The Fall in a band called Von Südenfed in 2007. Their album is called Tromatic Reflexxions.

Further collaborations are set to follow with the release of a mini album in November 2012, titled WOW. This will feature input from and a group of first-time collaborators, including the performer Dao Anh Khanh, producer Eric D. Clarke and the punk band, Las Kellies.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Mini albums[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • 1994 Trance Europe Express - Volume 3 cd02 track 01:-Mouse On Mars Maus Mobil (6:30) [8]
  • 1998 1001 - On In Memoriam Gilles Deleuze on the label Mille Plateaux
  • 2003 Rost Pocks: The EP Collection
  • 2006 Silver Monk Time - a tribute to the monks (29 bands cover the MONKS) [9]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 1994 Frosch
  • 1995 Bib
  • 1995 Saturday Night Worldcup Fieber
  • 1997 Cache Coeur Naif
  • 1997 Twift
  • 1999 Pickly Dred Rhizzoms
  • 1999 Distroia
  • 1999 Diskdusk
  • 2001 Actionist Respoke
  • 2002 Agit Itter It
  • 2005 Wipe That Sound
  • 2012 They Know Your Name
  • 2014 Spezmodia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Laura Brown (ArcTokyo) (2004-08-27). "Mouse On Mars Interview". higher-frequency.com. 
  2. ^ "The films of a mishap". Amoshapp.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  3. ^ Lee Henderson (2004-11-29). "An interview with Mouse on Mars". Junkmedia. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  4. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (2005-12-06). "Live from Cologne, It's Mouse on Mars". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  5. ^ Mouse on Mars plus Amos Happ times Fabio divided by Laetitia Sadler regressed onto Raki Shangles (2012-08-05). "Radio interview with Mouse on Mars and Laetitia of Stereolab" (MP3). amoshapp.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  6. ^ Noisemashinetapes by Jan St. Werner. "The Noisemashinetapes Archive". Chickenhed.us. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  7. ^ "RA News: Mouse on Mars prep mini-album, WOW". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  8. ^ Trance Europe Express 3 at Discogs
  9. ^ "7" single monks single". play loud! productions. 

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