Terre Thaemlitz

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Terre Thaemlitz
Also known as Miss Take
DJ Sprinkles
K-S.H.E
Born 1968
Minnesota, U.S.
Genres Ambient
Avant-garde
Glitch
House
Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Artist
Queer philosopher
Labels Comatonse Recordings
Mille Plateaux
Instinct
Associated acts Mark Fell
Website Terre Thaemlitz

Terre Thaemlitz is a musician, public speaker, and owner of the Comatonse Recordings record label. Her work critically combines themes of identity politics - including gender, sexuality, class, linguistics, ethnicity and race - with an ongoing critique of the socio-economics of commercial media production.[1][2][3] This diversity of themes is matched by Thaemlitz' wide range of production styles, which include electroacoustic computer music, club-oriented deep house, digital jazz, ambient, and computer-composed neo-expressionist piano solos. Graphic design, photography, illustration, text and video also play a part in Thaemlitz' projects.

Activism[edit]

As a speaker and educator[4] on issues of non-essentialist transgenderism and pansexual Queer sexuality, Thaemlitz has participated in panel discussions throughout Europe and Japan, as well as held numerous cross-cultural sensitivity workshops at Tokyo's Uplink Factory, near her current residence in Kawasaki, Japan.

Terre Thaemlitz's Soil[5] and Tranquilizer releases in the early and mid-1990s served to introduce a "political" form of ambient music, continued in later releases such as Couture Cosmetique and Means from an End, which aim to recast the usually passive artist-listener-environment equation. Thaemlitz' colleagues in the political ambient music front include the sound activist group Ultra-red. Following their remixes of Thaemlitz' Still Life with Numerical Analysis in 1998, Ultra-red joined Thaemlitz on the German label Mille Plateaux for their first two albums; Second Nature: An Electroacoustic Pastoral (1999) and Structural Adjustments (2000).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Where Dance Floors Stand Still
    Mule Musiq, 2013, MMCD41
  • Terre Thaemlitz: Soulnessless, 2012
  • DJ Sprinkles: Midtown 120 Blues
    Mule Musiq, 2008, MMD7
  • Terre Thaemlitz presents... You? Again?
    Mule Electronic, 2006, MED05
  • K-S.H.E (Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion): Routes Not Roots / Ruutsu De Ha Naku Ruuto
    Comatonse Recordings, 2006, C.013.CD
  • Trans-Sister Radio
    Grain of Sound/Base Recordings, 2005, GOS018/BRCD00505
  • Lovebomb / Ai No Bakudan
    Double Disc DVD & Audio CD Re-issue
    Comatonse Recordings, 2005, D.001
  • Lovebomb / Ai No Bakudan
    Mille Plateaux, 2003, MP117
  • Oh, No! It's Rubato
    Mille Plateaux, 2001, MPCD103/MPLP103
  • Interstices
    Mille Plateaux, 2000, MP94
  • Fagjazz
    Comatonse Recordings, 2000, C.007
  • Replicas Rubato
    Mille Plateaux, 1999, MPCD71 and MPLP71
  • Love For Sale
    Mille Plateaux, 1999, MPCD53
  • Means From An End
    Mille Plateaux, 1999, MPCD53
  • G.R.R.L.
    Comatonse Recordings, 1997, C.003
  • Couture Cosmetique
    Caipirinha Productions, 1997 (US)
    Daisyworld Records, 1997 (Japan)
  • Die Roboter Rubato
    Mille Plateaux, 1997, MP34
  • Soil
    Instinct Ambient, 1995, AMB:007-2
  • Tranquilizer
    Instinct Ambient, 1994, EX-283-2

12" EPs[edit]

  • DJ Sprinkles: Grand Central (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remixes)
    Mule Musiq, 2009
  • DJ Sprinkles: Brenda's $20 Dilemma (Kuniyuki Remix)
    Mule Musiq, 2009, MM034
  • DJ Sprinkles: Grand Central, Pt. I
    Mule Musiq, 2008, MM033
  • Terre's Neu Wuss Fusion: She's Hard Remixes
    Mule Musiq, 2007, MM019
  • You? Again? 3
    Mule Electronic, 2006, M025
  • You? Again? 2
    Mule Electronic, 2006, M020
  • You? Again? 1
    Mule Electronic, 2006, M019
  • K-S.H.E (Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion): Route 3 EP
    Comatonse Recordings, 2006, C.013.EP3
  • K-S.H.E (Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion): Route 2 EP
    Comatonse Recordings, 2006, C.013.EP2
  • K-S.H.E (Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion): Route 1 EP
    Comatonse Recordings, 2006, C.013.EP1
  • Comatonse.000.R2
    Comatonse Recordings, 2004, C.000.R2
  • The Opposite Of Genius Or Chance
    EN/OF, 2003, EN/OF 013
  • Teriko: Hystoric Trace ("Fake")
    Hysteric Trace, 2003, INEX-002
  • Terre's Neu Wuss Fusion: A Crippled Left Wing Soars With The Right
    Comatonse Recordings, 2002, C.010
  • Social Material: Class/Consciousness
    Comatonse Recordings, 2001, C.009
  • DJ Sprinkles: Bassline.89
    Comatonse Recordings, 2001, C.008
  • DJ Sprinkles: Sloppy 42nds
    Comatonse Recordings, 1998, C.006
  • Terre's Neu Wuss Fusion: She's Hard
    Comatonse Recordings, 1998, C.004
  • Comatonse.000.R1
    Comatonse Recordings, 1997, C.000.R1 (Translucent vinyl re-issue of C.000 with previously unreleased outro "Pretty Mouth (He's Got One)")
  • Comatonse.000
    Comatonse Recordings, 1993, C.000 (Contains "Raw Through A Straw" and "Tranquilizer.")

7" singles[edit]

  • Chugga: A Big 7-Inch
    Austria: Klanggallerie, 2003, GG73
  • Selling
    Netherlands: Bottrop-Boy, 2000, B-BOY 003
  • A-MUSAK
    Germany: A-Musik, 1999, A-14

DJ mixes[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Internet-only releases[edit]

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Comatonse Records, Terre Thaemlitz released a free best-of compilation CD. Physical copies are no longer in print, but MP3s are available for free download (along with a bonus track that did not fit on the original release).

Radio dramas[edit]

  • Trans-Sister Radio

Germany: Hessischer Rundfunk Radio, Channel HR2, Frankfurt M, 2004. Premier airdate November 17, 2004. Hörspiel, Redaktion: Manfred Hess. Also released on CD (Portugal: Grain of Sound/Base Recordings, 2005, GOS018/BRCD00505).

The Laurence Rassel Show (with Laurence Rassel), (Germany: Hessischer Rundfunk Radio, Channel HR2, Frankfurt M, 2006). Premier airdate April, 2006. Hörspiel, Redaktion: Manfred Hess.

Filmography[edit]

  • ffwd_mag (DVD + Magazine)

Italy: .::invernomuto::., 2005, Issue 3. Audio and photography.

  • Lovebomb / Ai No Bakudan (Full-length film/music videos)

Written, directed, filmed and edited by Terre Thaemlitz. Originally released on VHS (Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2003, V.002). In English and Japanese. Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2005/2003, D.001.NTSC | D.001.PAL.

  • Interstices (Short film/music videos)

Written, directed, filmed and edited by Terre Thaemlitz. Commissioned by Lovebytes and funded by the Arts Council of England. Released with "Silent Passability" on DVD (Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2005, D.000.NTSC). Originally released on VHS (Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2001, V.001) and DVD ("Volatile Media," UK: Lovebytes, 2002, DSP2). Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2005/2001, D.000.NTSC.

  • Silent Passability (Ride to the Countryside) (Music video)

Written, directed, filmed and edited by Terre Thaemlitz. Released with "Interstices" on DVD (Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2005, D.000.NTSC). Originally released on VHS (US: Comatonse Recordings, 1997, V.000). Japan: Comatonse Recordings, 2005/1997, D.000.NTSC.

  • Modulations (documentary)

Directed by Iara Lee, produced by George Gund III, (US: Caipirinha Productions, 1998). Interview.

  • Neue Kraft, Neues Werk (Transcodeur Express) (documentary)

Directed by Ninon Liotet and Olivier Schulbaum, (Germany: ZDF 2002). Interview and music.

  • Synthetic Pleasures (documentary)

Directed by Iara Lee, produced by George Gund, (US: Caipirinha Productions, 1995). Three tracks featured on soundtrack. Sound engineering for trailer.

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