From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Origin Germany
Genres electronic music
musique concrète
Years active 1980–1988
Labels Selektion, RRRecords, Odd Size (re-releases), Sonoris (re-releases), Was Soll Das ? Schallplatten (re-releases)
Associated acts P.D. (Permutative Distortion), S.B.O.T.H.I., SLP (3), RLW
Members Ralf Wehowsky, Ewald Weber, Roger Schönauer, Stefan E. Schmidt
Past members Achim Szepanski, Gerd Poppe

P16.D4 was a German electronic noise music collective, active primarily from 1980 to 1988, whose work was inspired by the punk and Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave) scene of the early 1980s, which they ruthlessly mocked in their debut self-released 7", "Brückenkopf Im Niemandsland". The group began as the relatively more musical Permutative Distortion, then morphing into P.D. to record one LP, Inweglos, before finally settling on P16.D4. This final incarnation saw them abandon song form entirely, instead embracing tape cut-ups, musique concrète, endless recycling and transformation of previously published material, and many long-distance collaborations with like-minded artists such as DDAA, Vortex Campaign, Nurse With Wound, and Merzbow. The longest-term collaboration was with the installation and conceptual artist Achim Wollscheid, who used P16.D4 sounds as the basis for LPs he recorded under the name SBOTHI. Ralf Wehowsky, the only constant member of the group, later released solo material under the alias RLW.

Members of P16.D4 were also involved with Selektion, a collective of people involved with sound as well as the visual arts. Selektion published LPs, CDs, books, visual art and design.



  • Wer Nicht Arbeiten Will Soll Auch Nicht Essen! - 1981
  • V.R.N.L. - 1981
  • Kühe In 1/2 Trauer (Selektion) - 1982-1983
  • Distruct (Selektion) - 1982-1984
  • Nichts Niemand Nirgends Nie! (Selektion) - 1985
  • Tionchor (Selektion) - 1982-1986
  • Acrid Acme (Of) P16.D4 (Selektion) - 1986-1988
  • Bruitiste (RRRecords) - 1988
  • Fifty (RRRecords) - 1990


  • Three Projects (Bruitiste - Captured Music - Fifty) (RRRecords) - 1993