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Apparat performing in March 2009
|Birth name||Sascha Ring|
|Born||27 June 1978|
|Instruments||synthesizer, keyboards, guitar, drums, personal computer, vocals|
|Labels||Shitkatapult, BPitch Control, P-Vine Records, Mute Records, inFiné|
Sascha Ring (born 27 June 1978), better known by the stage name Apparat, is a German electronic musician. He was previously co-owner of Shitkatapult records. Starting out with dancefloor-oriented techno, he shifted focus towards ambient music, becoming "more interested in designing sounds than beats".
In 2004, he appeared at a John Peel session. The tracks from this session were rerecorded and reworked in the studio and released as Silizium EP in 2005, as a tribute.
In 2007, he formed his own band to play the album Walls live. Raz Ohara joined him playing the stage piano and Jörg Waehner on drums. Next to playing these live shows, he continued to play his solo live sets, touring with Transforma Visuals.
In May 2009, he released the self-titled album with Modeselektor under the name Moderat on BPitch Control. They had previously collaborated on the EP Auf Kosten Der Gesundheit which was released as a limited 12" in 2002.
In April 2009, he won in the Dance Floor category of the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards with the track "Fractales (Apparat Ibiza Version)".
Apparat's music has been used in film and television. His track "Holdon" was used in the trailer for the 2010 Teton Gravity Research ski film Light The Wick. "Goodbye", featuring Soap&Skin, was used in the French trailer of Rust and Bone, the trailer of Prisoners (2013), in a climactic scene in the Season 4 finale of Breaking Bad, the episode "Broken Home" in Nikita, in "Kaltstart," an episode of Tatort in 2014, in a 2014 theatrical trailer for The Drop and in the first released trailer for Taken 3. It was also occasionally used by Bonobo as an opening for his live shows. "Goodbye" is also the intro for the 2017 Netflix series Dark. "Black Water" was used in episode 2 in series 6 of Skins and in the trailer for the 2012 Candide Thovex ski film A Few Words. "Ash/Black Veil" was used in the 2011 snowboard documentary The Art of Flight. Tracks from his Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre) and The Devil's Walk albums were used with end title credits to Sasha Ring in the Italian movie Leopardi (Il giovane favoloso) (2014) by Mario Martone.
The Moderat song "The Mark (Interlude)" from the album II was featured in the 2018 film Annihilation.
On 7 September 2013, Ring was injured in a motorcycle accident in Berlin, suffering a multiple leg fracture and postponing his tour with Moderat.
On 22 January 2019, Mute Records announced Apparat's fifth album, to be released on 22 March 2019, as well as releasing the records' tracklist and its first single "DAWAN" with corresponding music video.
Studio albums as Apparat
- Multifunktionsebene (Shitkatapult, 2001)
- Duplex (Shitkatapult, 2003)
- Walls (Shitkatapult, 2007)
- The Devil's Walk (Mute, 2011)
- Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre) (Mute, 2013)
- LP5 (Mute, 2019)
Other albums as Apparat
- Things To Be Frickled (Shitkatapult, 2008) – 2 CD compilation, 1 CD of Apparat remixes of others' music, 1 CD of others remixing Apparat's music
- DJ-Kicks: Apparat (Studio !K7, 2010)
Albums with Modeselektor as Moderat
Singles and EPs
- Algorythm (2001)
- Tttrial and Eror (Shitkatapult, 2002)
- Auf Kosten Der Gesundheit (BPitch Control, 2003) with Modeselektor (as Moderat)
- Koax (2003)
- Can't Computerize It (2004)
- Duplex.Remixes (Shitkatapult, 2004)
- Shapemodes (2004)
- Silizium (Shitkatapult, 2005)
- Berlin, Montreal, Tel Aviv (Shitkatapult, 2006)
- Holdon (Shitkatapult, 2007)
- Sayulita (DJ-Kicks) (!K7, 2010)
- "Ash/Black Veil" (2011)
- "Black Water" (2011) UK:#68
- "Song of Los" (2011)
- "Candil de la Calle" (2012)
- "Dawan" (2019)
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