Apparat (musician)

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Apparat performing at A2, 5 March 2009
Background information
Birth name Sascha Ring
Born (1978-06-27) June 27, 1978 (age 38)
Quedlinburg, East Germany
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Laptop, keyboards, guitar, drums, vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels Shitkatapult, BPitch Control, P-Vine Records, Mute Records, inFiné
Associated acts

Apparat is the stage name for Sascha Ring, a German electronic musician living in Berlin and previous co-owner of Shitkatapult records. Starting out with dancefloor-oriented techno, he then shifted focus towards ambient music, becoming "more interested in designing sounds than beats".


He collaborated with Ellen Allien in 2003 on the album Berlinette[citation needed], and again in 2006 on the album Orchestra of Bubbles.

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 have collaborated previously on an EP named Auf Kosten Der Gesundheit which was released as a limited 12" in 2002.

In April 2009, he received the Qwartz Dancefloor (Electronic Music Award).

Apparat's single "Holdon" features in the trailer for the 2010 Teton Gravity Research ski film Light The Wick.

In 2011, he signed with the British Mute Records label, where he released his new record The Devil's Walk, named after a political poem by romantic English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, in September.

His track "Goodbye", featuring Soap&Skin, was featured in the French trailer of Rust and Bone, the trailer of Prisoners (2013 film), in a climatic scene in the Season 4 finale of Breaking Bad, the episode Broken Home on Nikita,"Kaltstart," an episode of Tatort in 2014, also in a 2014 theatrical trailer for The Drop and most recently in the first released trailer for Taken 3. It was also occasionally used by Bonobo as an opening for his live shows.

His track "Black Water", was featured in episode 2 in series 6 of Skins

Apparat's single "Black Water" features in the trailer for the 2012 Candide Thovex ski film A few words.

Another track: 'Ash/Black Veil', also featured on the 2011 snowboard documentary The Art of Flight.

On September 7, 2013, he was injured in a motorcycle accident in Berlin, suffering a multiple leg fracture and postponing his tour with Moderat.[1]

Tracks from Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre) and The Devil's Walk were featured with end title credits to Sasha Ring in the Italian movie "Il giovane favoloso" (2014) by Mario Martone.


Studio Albums[edit]


With Moderat[edit]

  • Moderat (BPitch Control, 2009)
  • II (Monkeytown Records, 2013)
  • III (Monkeytown Records, 2016)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Algorythm (2001)
  • 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)
  • Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked (Impulse! Records, 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)

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