Schneider TM

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Schneider TM is a multidimensional music project of Dirk Dresselhaus, named after his nickname Schneider, which oscillates extensively between adventurous electronic pop-music and experimental, sometimes improvised freeform music, while occasionally bringing these and other opposing elements together.

Schneider TM
Birth name Dirk Dresselhaus
Born 28 August 1970
Bielefeld, Germany
Genres Electronic music, Pop, Rock, Experimental music


Since the late 80's, Dirk has been active in different musical fields. From 1989 until 1997 he played and sang in rock and pop bands like Hip Young Things and Locust Fudge (both on Glitterhouse Records) before he became more active in electronic music around 1996. Schneider TM is responsible for a couple of experimental electro-freak-pop albums (released on City Slang / Mute) including underground-hits like 'Reality Check', 'Frogtoise' and a cover version of "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths called 'The Light 3000', a collaboration with Kptmichigan that was acclaimed by John Peel and listed as one of the best cover versions ever recorded by The Wire magazine.[1] Schneider TM has been credited as one of the main inventors of a music genre called Indietronic or Indietronica.

Since 1997 Schneider TM performed a couple of hundreds live concerts around the globe including renowned international festivals like CTM (Berlin), Sonar Festival / Sonar Sound (Barcelona, Rome, Tokyo), Mutek (Montreal, Mexico City), Arty Farty (Lyon), Pukkelpop (Hasselt), Hultsfred Festival (Hultsfred), Kilbi Festival (Bad Bonn), Frieze Art Fair / Frieze Music (London), Phonem Festival (Istanbul), Numero Festival (Lisboa), Les Siestes électroniques festival (Toulouse), Melt Festival (Gräfenhainichen), Midi Festival (Hyéres), Motomix Festival (São Paulo), Todaysart Festival (Den Haag), Dark Mofo (Hobart) and others.

As well as work on a variety of one-off projects - including the production of music & scores for movies (w/ directors & artists like Omer Fast, Ludwig & Glaser etc.), theatre and radio plays - Dirk Dresselhaus has been performing & recording with noise & drone outfits like Angel (w/ Ilpo Väisänen of Pan sonic & guests like Hildur Gudnadottir, Oren Ambarchi, BJ Nilsen or Lucio Capece), released by Editions Mego and Real Time (w/ Reinhold Friedl of zeitkratzer, 3 CD box on Blume) on a regular basis since 1999. For a while now, Dirk Dresselhaus has also been moving Schneider TM in the direction of instantly composed freeform music, employing varying instruments including guitar, electronics, balafon, effect loops as well as field recordings. Sometimes he works solo and at other times together with artists like Jochen Arbeit (of Einstürzende Neubauten, Automat), Günter Schickert, Damo Suzuki (ex-Can), Australian performance artist Joanna Dudley, video artists like Lillevan, pani K and Takehito Koganezawa or Japanese dancer Tomoko Nakasato. The first results of this open & soundscape-y direction was the Schneider TM albums 'Construction Sounds'. Based on field recordings of Berlin construction sites combined with electronics, it was released in September 2012 on Bureau B & MirrorWorldMusic, an online-platform / label started in 2007 by Dirk Dresselhaus and Michael Beckett (aka Kptmichigan) to present past, present & future of their works.


Year album(s) EP(s) single(s)
1997 Schneider TM (12")
1998 Moist (CD/LP) Up-Tight (12"), Masters (CD)
2000 Binokular (CD/10" w/ Kptmichigan)
2002 Zoomer (CD/LP) 6 Peace (CD) Frogtoise (12"/CD), Reality Check (12"/CD)
2003 The Light 3000 (7" w/ Kptmichigan)
2004 Reconfigures (CD/LP) The SchneiderTM Experience (7")
2005 Release (2xCD) Dr. Drek (7")
2006 Škoda Mluvit (CD/ 2xLP) Pac Man/Shopping Cart (7")
2007 Schneider TM und Lustfaust (7")
2008 Jede Nacht (12“ w/ Station 17)
2012 Construction Sounds (CD/LP)
2012 Cäcilie Awestruck (20 CD box set w/ Ilpo Väisänen, Kptmichigan, Ronald Lippok, Tomoko Nakasato)
2012 Live At HBC (limited CD w/ Jochen Arbeit & Claas Großzeit)
2013 Guitar Sounds (CD/LP)
2013 Louis & Bebe (download w/ Joanna Dudley)
2014 撫平塵暴 (Live at N.K., download)
2014 Bootleg (split 12" w/ Automat)
2015 Mobilee (limited CD)
2016 A S S (CD/LP w/ Jochen Arbeit & Günter Schickert)
2016 CON-STRUCT (CD/LP w/ Conrad Schnitzler)
2018 Zoomer limited edition cassette re-issue (Dazzleships Records)


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