Wolfgang Voigt

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Wolfgang Voigt (2012)

Wolfgang Voigt (born 1961) is an electronic music artist from Cologne, Germany, known for his output under various aliases on a plethora of record labels, including Warp, Harvest, Raster-Noton and Force Inc. Although widely known as a tireless producer, he is best known for co-founding the influential German techno label Kompakt alongside Michael Mayer and Jürgen Paape.

Life and career[edit]

Together with his brother Reinhard Voigt (alias Sweet Reinhard, Kron and Pentax) Wolfgang Voigt is considered as one of the founders and most influential artists of the Minimal Techno scene in Germany.[1][2][3] With Jörg Burger (The Bionaut, The Modernist) he was influenced by the early Acid House in 1988, when both spent some time in London. Voigt and Burger founded the label Trance Atlantic.

He started to produce under the moniker Mike Ink with the Acid EP The Dialogue being his first release. In 1993 Voigt, his brother Reinhard, Jörg Burger and Jürgen Paape founded the record store Delirium in Cologne, which later became Kompakt. In the same year he also started Profan. Later followed other imprints such as Kreisel 99 or Auftrieb.

Voigt is known for his numerous, nearly inexhaustible list of one-off projects and aliases. Of these, his best known is arguably Gas, a project that saw the marriage of ambient music and 4/4 techno.[4]

Since the early 1990s he has released over 160 albums, EPs and Singles as well as dozens of remixes under more than 30 different monikers. Other names under which Voigt has released music include, but are not limited to, All, Auftrieb, Brom, C.K. Decker, Centrifugal Force, Crocker, Dextro NRG, Dieter Gorny, Digital, Dom, Doppel, Filter, Freiland, Fuchsbau, Gelb, Grungerman, Kafkatrax, Love Inc., M:I:5, Mike Ink, Mint, Panthel, Popacid, Riss, RX7, Split Inc., Strass, Studio 1, Tal, Vinyl Countdown, W.V., Wassermann, and X-Lvis.[5]


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