Apparat (musician)

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Apparat performing in March 2009
Apparat performing in March 2009
Background information
Birth nameSascha Ring
Born (1978-06-27) 27 June 1978 (age 42)
Quedlinburg, East Germany
InstrumentsSynthesizer, keyboards, guitar, drums, personal computer, vocals
Years active1996–present
LabelsShitkatapult, BPitch Control, P-Vine Records, Mute Records, inFiné
Associated acts

Sascha Ring (born 27 June 1978), better known by the stage name Apparat, is a German electronic musician.[1] 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".

He collaborates with Modeselektor under the name Moderat.[2]


Ring collaborated with Ellen Allien in 2003 on the album Berlinette and again in 2006 on the album Orchestra of Bubbles.[3]

In 2004, he recorded 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 to Peel.

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.[4]

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)".

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

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" 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", featuring Soap&Skin, 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.[5]

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.[6]

On 22 January 2019, Mute Records announced Apparat's fifth album, LP5, to be released on 22 March 2019, as well as releasing the records' tracklist and its first single "DAWAN" with corresponding music video.[7]

The album LP5 was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album in the 2020 Grammy Awards.[8][9] It also has been nominated for IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award (2019).[10] Apparat won IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award 2019.[11]


Studio albums as Apparat[edit]

Other albums as Apparat[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (2011-09-22). "Apparat: The Devil's Walk – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  3. ^ "The Latest Edition Of Our German-Language Podcast Features Apparat". Telekom Electronic Beats. 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  4. ^ "Apparat: "I never understood the IDM name". MusicRadar. 2019-09-03. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  5. ^ Leopardi at IMDb
  6. ^ "Moderat 2013 Tour postponed!". 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  7. ^ "Apparat Announces New Album, Shares New Song: Listen". Pitchfork.
  8. ^ Horton, Adrian (27 January 2020). "Grammy awards 2020: full list of winners". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-07-27 – via
  9. ^ "2020 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees List". 2019-11-18. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  10. ^ "22 nominees shortlisted for IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award | Impala". Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  12. ^ "Review: Apparat - LP5". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  13. ^ "Album Review: Apparat - LP5". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  14. ^ "Apparat releases new version of his soundtrack for the 2018 film Capri-Revolution". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2020-07-27.

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