Balance is the first collaborative release from Frank Bretschneider (Berlin) and Taylor Deupree (Brooklyn). Both of these artists are no strangers to the ears of many; Taylor Deupree is one of New York’s most vibrant electronic producers. From his early techno days as a member of Prototype 909to his current status as one of N. America’s key “microscopic” electronic composers and to add runs the prestigious 12K and LINE labels. Frank Bretschneider is key member and founder of the prestigious Raster Music label (a collective that includes the talented Carston Nicolai and released the 20 – 2000 series), he has critically acclaimed releases under the names Komet and Produkt. It’s easy to say that Frank Bretschneider has created some of the most influential spatial electronics of the late 90’s.
Utilizing both artists keen ears for carefully crafted sounds, Balance blends the clean sine wave / white noise of Bretschneider with the defined grit of Deupree’s granular synthesis. Realized entirely on Nord Modular synthesizers, Bretschneider and Deupree exchanged patch files through email and began constructing foundation loops. Bretschneider then created initial mixes of 9 songs and then sent them to Deupree who remixed and re-processed them. This digital exchange allowed for them to work using their own methods and aesthetic while combining the similarities of each others interests. The result is a looping and churning rhythmic work that is both synthetic, warm, dubby and tonally challenging. Thus Balance creates an engaging balance between the 2 artists aesthetics.