Terre Thaemlitz

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Terre Thaemlitz
Also known as Miss Take
DJ Sprinkles
K-S.H.E
Born 1968
Minnesota, U.S.
Genres Ambient
Avant-garde
Glitch
House
Jazz
Occupations Musician
Artist
Queer philosopher
Labels Comatonse Recordings
Mille Plateaux
Instinct
Website Terre Thaemlitz

Terre Thaemlitz is a musician, public speaker, and owner of the Comatonse Recordings record label. Her work critically combines themes of identity politics - including gender, sexuality, class, linguistics, ethnicity and race - with an ongoing critique of the socio-economics of commercial media production. This diversity of themes is matched by Thaemlitz' wide range of production styles, which include electroacoustic computer music, club-oriented deep house, digital jazz, ambient, and computer-composed neo-expressionist piano solos. Graphic design, photography, illustration, text and video also play a part in Thaemlitz' projects.

Activism[edit]

As a speaker and educator on issues of non-essentialist transgenderism and pansexual Queer sexuality, Thaemlitz has participated in panel discussions throughout Europe and Japan, as well as held numerous cross-cultural sensitivity workshops at Tokyo's Uplink Factory, near her current residence in Kawasaki, Japan.

Terre Thaemlitz's Soil and Tranquilizer releases in the early and mid-1990s served to introduce a "political" form of ambient music, continued in later releases such as Couture Cosmetique and Means from an End, which aim to recast the usually passive artist-listener-environment equation. Thaemlitz' colleagues in the political ambient music front include the sound activist group Ultra-red. Following their remixes of Thaemlitz' Still Life with Numerical Analysis in 1998, Ultra-red joined Thaemlitz on the German label Mille Plateaux for their first two albums; Second Nature: An Electroacoustic Pastoral (1999) and Structural Adjustments (2000).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

12" EPs[edit]

Translucent vinyl re-issue of C.000 with previously unreleased outro "Pretty Mouth (He's Got One)"

Contains "Raw Through A Straw" and "Tranquilizer."

7" singles[edit]

DJ mixes[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Internet-only releases[edit]

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Comatonse Records, Terre Thaemlitz released a free best-of compilation CD. Physical copies are no longer in print, but MP3s are available for free download (along with a bonus track that did not fit on the original release).

Comatonse Recordings, 2006, C.012

Radio dramas[edit]

  • Trans-Sister Radio

Germany: Hessischer Rundfunk Radio, Channel HR2, Frankfurt M, 2004. Premier airdate November 17, 2004. Hörspiel, Redaktion: Manfred Hess. Also released on CD (Portugal: Grain of Sound/Base Recordings, 2005, GOS018/BRCD00505).

The Laurence Rassel Show (with Laurence Rassel), (Germany: Hessischer Rundfunk Radio, Channel HR2, Frankfurt M, 2006). Premier airdate April, 2006. Hörspiel, Redaktion: Manfred Hess.

Filmography[edit]

  • ffwd_mag (DVD + Magazine)

Italy: .::invernomuto::., 2005, Issue 3. Audio and photography.

  • Lovebomb / Ai No Bakudan (Full-length film/music videos)

Written, directed, filmed and edited by Terre Thaemlitz. Originally released on VHS (Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2003, V.002). In English and Japanese. Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2005/2003, D.001.NTSC | D.001.PAL.

  • Interstices (Short film/music videos)

Written, directed, filmed and edited by Terre Thaemlitz. Commissioned by Lovebytes and funded by the National Arts Council of England. Released with "Silent Passability" on DVD (Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2005, D.000.NTSC). Originally released on VHS (Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2001, V.001) and DVD ("Volatile Media," UK: Lovebytes, 2002, DSP2). Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2005/2001, D.000.NTSC.

  • Silent Passability (Ride to the Countryside) (Music video)

Written, directed, filmed and edited by Terre Thaemlitz. Released with "Interstices" on DVD (Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2005, D.000.NTSC). Originally released on VHS (US: Comatonse Recordings, 1997, V.000). Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2005/1997, D.000.NTSC.

  • Modulations (documentary)

Directed by Iara Lee, produced by George Gund III, (US: Caipirinha Productions, 1998). Interview.

  • Neue Kraft, Neues Werk (Transcodeur Express) (documentary)

Directed by Ninon Liotet and Olivier Schulbaum, (Germany: ZDF 2002). Interview and music.

  • Synthetic Pleasures (documentary)

Directed by Iara Lee, produced by George Gund, (US: Caipirinha Productions, 1995). Three tracks featured on soundtrack. Sound engineering for trailer.

Awards[edit]

Interviews[edit]

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