Alexander Perls

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Alexander Perls
Perls in 2008
Alexander Perls Rousmaniere

(1976-05-11) May 11, 1976 (age 47)
Notable work
  • 009 Sound System
  • Aalborg Soundtracks
SpouseSonia Boyajian (married 2008)
Musical career
OriginBoston, Massachusetts
Years active1988–present
LabelsTrack One Recordings Edit this at Wikidata

Alexander Perls Rousmaniere (born May 11, 1976) is an American musician, entrepreneur, and record producer. His songs are known for their mix of electronic, trance, and religiously themed lyrics and are entirely written, performed, and produced by Perls;[1] notable projects include 009 Sound System and Aalborg Soundtracks.

Early life and education[edit]

Though born in Gas, Kansas, he grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, culminating in an education at Concord Academy. While studying at University College London in 1997, Perls worked with the post-rock collective Piano Magic.[2]

Following Perls' graduation from Oberlin College in 1998, he began working for the Barbara Gladstone Gallery,[3] a leading contemporary art dealership in New York. The following year he co-founded NATOarts, which (according to its charter) sought to "promote global security and stability through the exhibition of works of conceptual art." The government support for the organization was terminated in the early days of the George W. Bush administration, ultimately leading to a decision to focus on a career as a songwriter.[4]

Music career[edit]

Between 2000 and 2008, Perls primarily composed music for European dance music artists, including David Guetta, Paul van Dyk, Ian Carey, ATB, and Robert M.[5] He also provided vocals for Cosmic Gate on their album Earth Mover.[6] first in New York City, and after 2006, in Los Angeles. From 2000 to 2003 he was one of the members of the electronic music duo CIRC, which released one album, Love Electric, and several singles and remixes.[7]

Between 2002 and 2004, Perls' music publishing catalog was represented by Bug Music. Beginning in 2004, his catalog was represented outside the United States by the Independent Music Group, and since 2011 has been represented internationally by Kobalt Music Group.

In 2011, Track One Recordings opened a remix competition for Perls' productions "Dreamscape" and "Born to Be Wasted".[8]

Perls' song "Wings" was commissioned to be the theme song for the "Wings Flying Hoodie," a sweatshirt with a built in inflatable travel pillow and eye mask.[9]


As a consequence of YouTube introducing a system called AudioSwap on February 22, 2007, which replaces the audio of copyrighted soundtracks with a different, Creative Commons licensed song, several songs from 009 Sound System, particularly "Dreamscape," "With a Spirit," "Space and Time," "Born To Be Wasted," "Holy Ghost," and "Trinity," became widely prominent on many YouTube videos. Because the artists were alphabetically sorted, 009 Sound System songs were placed at the top of the AudioSwap list,[10] leading them to be chosen by many users.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Perls is married to Los Angeles jewelry designer Sonia Boyajian.[11]

Perls is CEO of the Los Angeles software company Ezvid.[12] Its eponymous flagship product, a freeware video maker for Windows, includes several of Perls' songs under the artist names "009 Sound System" and "Aalborg Soundtracks" as free soundtracks for users' projects.[13]


  • Annex Trax, Vol. 1 (2008)
  • 009 Sound System (2009)
  • The Hits (2010)
  • Holy Ghost (2008)
  • "Maximalist" (2002)
  • "Storm" (2003)
  • "Dreamscape" (2005)
  • "Space and Time" (2006)
  • "Born to Be Wasted" (2007)
  • "Music and You" (2007)
  • "Trinity" (2007)
  • "Beat of the Moment" (2008)
  • "Holy Ghost" (2008)
  • "Shine Down" (2008)
  • "Sweet Mary" (2008)
  • "The Dark Empire" (2008)
  • "The Hero Waits" (2008)
  • "With a Spirit" (2008)
  • "Speak to Angels" (2009)
  • "High All Day" (2010)
  • "Dream We Knew" (2011)
  • "Powerstation" (2011)
  • "Wings" (2011)
  • "When You're Young" (2017)
  • "Twirling and Spinning (I'm In Love)" (2023)



  1. ^ "009 Sound System Biography". IMO Records. London. January 16, 2012. Archived from the original on March 19, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Timeline". Piano Magic. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Hot City: Out at openings in SoHo and Chelsea". Artnet. July 6, 1999. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2011. Barbara Gladstone gang Ludovica Busiri Vici, Alexander Perls and Tom Gleeson at "Plain Air" opening, June 30 & July 1, 1999
  4. ^ Robbins, Sarah (August 2, 2004). "Alexander Perls, Songwriter and Vocal Producer". Gothamist. Archived from the original on November 16, 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "Alexander Perls - Works". MusicBrainz. Archived from the original on October 21, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Alexander Perls Discography: All Credits". Discogs. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2011.
  7. ^ "CIRC Discography". Discogs. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  8. ^ "Get Paid To Remix". Track One Recordings. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  9. ^ "The Ultimate Flying Hoodie". Wings. Archived from the original on January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  10. ^ "Change Background Music in YouTube Videos with AudioSwap". Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  11. ^ Moore, Booth (December 14, 2008). "Fortune smiles on costume jeweler Sonia Boyajian". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "About Ezvid Wiki". Ezvid Wiki. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ezvid for Windows: The Official How-to Guide". Ezvid. Archived from the original on November 16, 2019. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  14. ^ Sky Fighters ⟨Original title: Le chevaliers du ciel⟩ (2005 film) at IMDb
  15. ^ Return2Sender (2005 film) at IMDb
  16. ^ Suicide Room ⟨Original title: Sala samobójców⟩ (2011 film) at IMDb

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