Mouse on Mars

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Mouse on Mars
Mouse on Mars live (2007)
Mouse on Mars live (2007)
Background information
OriginDüsseldorf, Germany
Years active1993–present
LabelsToo Pure
Thrill Jockey
MembersJan St. Werner
Andi Toma

Mouse on Mars is a German electronic music duo formed in 1993 by Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma. Their music is a blend of electronic genres including IDM, dub, krautrock, breakbeat and ambient, featuring heavy use of organic analog synth and cross-frequency modulation.[1] Their music also features live instrumentation including strings, horns, drums, bass, and guitar.


St. Werner, from Cologne, and Toma, from Düsseldorf, are childhood friends who were born on the same day and in the same hospital.[2] They both experimented with electronic music in the mid 1990s. On earlier recordings, their music was primarily krautrock, dub, techno and ambient, and did not feature vocals, but more recent recordings increasingly include vocals from featured guest artists, many of whom have toured with the duo.

Their first album, Vulvaland, was released in 1994 on the British record label Too Pure. Sean Cooper of AllMusic stated that it is "a wibbly, barely digital match of ambient texturology with experimental strains of techno, dub, and Krautrock."[3] Their second album, Iaora Tahiti, has a much more playful feel and encompasses a wider variety of electronic dance genres. Over the years, their sound has increased in warmth, playfulness and what the duo term "fantastic analysis". Their sixth album Niun Niggung (released on Domino Records in 2000), showed live instruments becoming more prominent. Idiology, their seventh album, continued this practice, and on their eighth album, Radical Connector, they took more of an accessible "pop" approach; both also increasingly included vocals, primarily from touring drummer Dodo NKishi.[4]

Mouse on Mars regularly perform live as a three-piece, with Toma & St. Werner augmented by drummer Dodo NKishi. In 2005, they released their first live album, titled Live 04.[5]

The band released their tenth full album, Parastrophics, almost six years later, in February 2012. It was their first album to be released under Modeselektor's Monkeytown record label. Following this another six years later, the band reunited with Thrill Jockey to release Dimensional People in April 2018.

St. Werner has released solo work under his own name, and as Lithops and Noisemashinetapes. [6] St. Werner also partners with Markus Popp of Oval for Microstoria. St. Werner has also collaborated with the renowned visual artist Rosa Barba. While releasing albums on British indie labels, Mouse on Mars started their own label, Sonig, on which they release their own work and that of other German artists. They have also produced a number of EPs and have recorded music for film soundtracks as well as remixing the work of other musicians.

In 2018 with the release of the Dimensional People release, the band perform under the name of Dimensional People Ensemble, an ensemble of drums, horns, strings, vocals, and electronic instruments, played by robotics and humanoids.[7][8]


Mouse on Mars collaborated in the studio and toured with Stereolab in the mid 1990s – the results can be heard on Stereolab's Dots and Loops album and the associated Miss Modular single, and Mouse on Mars' Cache Cœur Naïf EP. St. Werner and Lætitia Sadier have also performed karaoke duets.[9]

The duo collaborated with Mark E. Smith of The Fall in a band called Von Südenfed in 2007. Their album is called Tromatic Reflexxions.

A mini album was released November 2012, titled WOW. The album marked the duo's first recorded collaboration with the vocalist Dao Anh Khanh, producer Eric D. Clarke and the punk band, Las Kellies.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Mini albums[edit]



  • 1994 Trance Europe Express – Volume 3 CD 2, track 01: Mouse On Mars – Maus Mobil (6:30)[12]
  • 1998 1001 – On In Memoriam Gilles Deleuze on the label Mille Plateaux
  • 1998 Illuminati – a remix album of The Pastels
  • 2003 Rost Pocks: The EP Collection
  • 2006 Silver Monk Time – a tribute to the monks (29 bands cover the MONKS)[13]
  • 2014 21 Again (Collaborations)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 1994 Frosch
  • 1995 Bib
  • 1995 Saturday Night Worldcup Fieber
  • 1997 Cache Cœur Naïf (EP)
  • 1997 Twift
  • 1999 Pickly Dred Rhizzoms (EP)
  • 1999 Distroia
  • 1999 Diskdusk
  • 2001 Actionist Respoke
  • 2002 Agit Itter It
  • 2005 Wipe That Sound
  • 2012 They Know Your Name
  • 2014 Spezmodia
  • 2017 Synaptics EP


  1. ^ Laura Brown (ArcTokyo) (2004-08-27). "Mouse On Mars Interview".
  2. ^ "The films of a mishap". Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  3. ^ "Vulvaland - Mouse on Mars | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  4. ^ Lee Henderson (2004-11-29). "An interview with Mouse on Mars". Junkmedia. Archived from the original on 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  5. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (2005-12-06). "Live from Cologne, It's Mouse on Mars". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  6. ^ Noisemashinetapes by Jan St. Werner. "The Noisemashinetapes Archive". Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  7. ^ "Mouse on Mars: Dimensional People (in Kooperation mit Elbphilharmonie Sommer)". Kampnagel. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Technosphärenklänge #6: Concert and Performance". Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  9. ^ Mouse on Mars plus Amos Happ times Fabio divided by Laetitia Sadler regressed onto Raki Shangles (2012-08-05). "Radio interview with Mouse on Mars and Laetitia of Stereolab" (MP3). Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  10. ^ "RA News: Mouse on Mars prep mini-album, WOW". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  11. ^ Sherburne, Philip (March 1, 2021). "Mouse on Mars: AAI Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  12. ^ Trance Europe Express 3 at Discogs
  13. ^ "7" single monks single". play loud! productions.

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