Basic Channel

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Basic Channel
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Rhythm & Sound performing at MUTEK in 2007
Background information
Also known asRhythm & Sound, Maurizio, Cyrus, Phylyps, q1.1, Quadrant, Octagon, Radiance, Round One to Round Five
OriginBerlin
GenresMinimal techno, dub techno
Years active1993–present
LabelsChain Reaction, Rhythm & Sound
Associated actsScion
Paul St. Hilaire
Vainqueur
Websitehttp://www.basicchannel.com/
MembersMark Ernestus
Moritz von Oswald

Basic Channel is a techno production duo and record label, composed of Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, that originated in Berlin in 1993.[1] The duo became known in the mid-1990s for a series of vinyl-only releases under various aliases which drew on minimalism and the sparse production techniques of dub reggae,[2] becoming influential and pioneering works of minimal and dub techno.[1]

The duo formed while Oswald worked at Berlin label Tresor, setting up a studio in Berlin on Paul-Lincke-Ufer, in a building which was eventually to house Mark Ernestus’ distributing company and shop Hard Wax. They also established the label's mastering studio Dubplates & Mastering, set up to ensure a desired dynamic quality for the vinyl.[3]

The Basic Channel imprint ceased business in 1995 (apart from two releases almost a decade later that were originally issued on Carl Craig's Planet E label), but were followed by a string of similar labels. Main Street handled Chicago house-inspired releases; Chain Reaction released non-Von Oswald/Ernestus productions and helped launch the careers of dub techno producers such as Monolake and Porter Ricks.

Early Basic Channel releases showed a strong affinity for Detroit techno and Jamaican music. The Rhythm & Sound label imprint saw the duo's sound move closer to dub reggae. Frequent Rhythm & Sound collaborator Paul St. Hilaire set up the subsidiary False Tuned in 2003.

Basic Channel has released two compilation CDs which collect edits of their 12" releases: BCD (1995) and BCD-2 (2008). Basic Channel occasionally reissues out-of-print music. Basic Replay specialises in dancehall reissues, while Wackies focuses on dub.

Discography[edit]

BC-02, 07 and 08. Note the progressive distortion of the Basic Channel logo

Basic Channel[edit]

  • Cyrus – Enforcement 12" (BC-01, 1993)
  • Phylyps – Trak 12" (BC-02, 1993)
  • Vainqueur – Lyot (Reshape) 12" (BC-03, 1993)
  • Quadrant – Q 1.1 12" (BC-04, 1993)
  • Cyrus – Inversion 12" (BC-05, 1994)
  • Quadrant – Dub 12" (BC-06, 1994)
  • Basic Channel – Octagon / Octaedre 12" (BC-07, 1994)
  • Radiance – I / II / III 12" (BC-08, 1994)
  • Phylyps – Trak II 12" (BC-09, 1994)
  • Basic Channel – BCD CD (BCD, 1995)
  • Paperclip PeopleBasic Reshape 12" (BCBR, 2004)
  • Quadrant – Infinition/Hyperism 12" (BCQD, 2004)
  • Basic Channel – BCD-2 CD (BCD-2, 2008)
  • Basic Channel – Q-Loop CD (BC-CD, 2014)

Burial Mix[edit]

  • Rhythm & Sound (w/Tikiman) [Paul St. Hilaire] - "Never Tell You/Version" 10" (BM-01, 1996)
  • Rhythm & Sound (w/Tikiman) [Paul St. Hilaire] - "Spend Some Time/Version" 10" (BM-02,1996)
  • Rhythm & Sound (with Paul St. Hilaire) – Showcase CD (BMD-1, 1996)
  • Rhythm & Sound (w/Cornel Campbell) - "King In My Empire/Version" 10" (BM-06, 2001)
  • Rhythm & Sound (w/Tikiman) [Paul St. Hilaire] - "Jah Rule/Version" 10" (BM-07, 2001)
  • Rhythm & Sound (w/Shalom) - "We Been Troddin/Version" 10" (BM-08, 2001)
  • Rhythm & Sound (with The Artists) – Rhythm & Sound w/ The Artists CD (BMD-2, 2003)
  • Rhythm & Sound – The Versions CD (BMD-3, 2003)
  • Rhythm & Sound – See Mi Ya 7" box set (BMD-14-20, 2005)
  • Rhythm & Sound – See Mi Ya CD (BMD-4, 2005)
  • Rhythm & Sound – See Mi Ya Remixes CD (BMXD-1, 2006)

Maurizio[edit]

  • Maurizio Ploy 12" (Maurizio, M1, 1992)
  • Maurizio – Domina 12" (Maurizio, M3, 1993)
  • Maurizio – M4 12" (Maurizio, M4, 1995)
  • Maurizio – M4.5 12" (Maurizio, M4.5, 1995)
  • Maurizio – M5 12" (Maurizio, M5, 1995)
  • Maurizio – M6 12" (Maurizio, M6, 1996)
  • Maurizio – M7 12" (Maurizio, M7, 1997)
  • Maurizio – M Series CD (Maurizio, MCD, 1997)

Related[edit]

  • Various – ...Compiled CD (Chain Reaction, CRD-06, 1998)
  • Round One - Round Five – 1993-99 Main Street Records CD (Main Street Records, MSD-01, 1999)
  • Scion – Scion Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks CD (Tresor, Tresor 200, 2002)
  • Various – Basic Replay CD (Basic Replay, BR-1, 2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b allmusic ((( Basic Channel > Biography )))
  2. ^ Baines, Josh (October 15, 2015). "A Bullshitter's Guide to Dub Techno". THUMP. Vice Media. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  3. ^ The Wire: Adventures in Modern Music: Article Archived December 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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