Frank Bretschneider is a musician, composer and video artist in Berlin. His work is known for precise sound placement, complex, interwoven rhythm structures and its minimal, flowing approach. Bretschneider’s subtle and detailed music is echoed by his visuals: perfect translated realizations of the qualities found in music within visual phenomena. He is releasing his music and performing at music/new media festivals worldwide.
Bretschneider was raised in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz since 1990), where his aesthetic developed as he listened to pirate radio and smuggled Beastie Boys tapes in the former East Germany. After studying fine arts and inspired by science fiction radio plays and films he began experimenting with tape machines, synthesizers, and modified guitars in 1984, as well as exploring the possibilities of exchange between visual art and music by various means such as film, video and computer graphics.
In 1986 Bretschneider founded AG Geige, a successful and influential East German underground band. After three albums and splitting in 1993, Bretschneider and fellow AG Geige member Olaf Bender founded the Rastermusic record label in 1995, which eventually merged with Carsten Nicolai’s noton to form raster-noton in 1999. Since then Bretschneider has released more than 30 albums on various labels including 12k, Line, Mille Plateaux, exploring the possibilities and boundaries of electronic music, from beat driven, almost club suitable music, to the more adventurous and abstract side of the genre.
In 2014, Bretschneider joined 4DSOUND as Artist-in-Residence for the ADE Sound Academy He created a system for spatial improvisation with recorded source material he created on the Bukla and Serge analogue modular systems during his residency at EMS in Stockholm. Establishing a responsivity between frequency, amplitude and spatiality of sound, Bretschneider explores the spatial continuum with minimalistic interwoven rhythmic structures, subtly reminiscing the early days of experimental electronic music.
Recently, Bretschneider has been performing his new work Isolation in 4DSOUND. Isolation undertakes an auditive journey along the narrow edges between the inner and outer acoustic world. This work attempts to explore and interpret the impact of longtime sensory deprivation and how this environment changes the auditory perception of prisoners as well as such effects as perceptual disorders and tinnitus. At times seemingly suspended in mid air and at other points jarring, Isolation migrates through unnerving sonic headspaces. An unexpected and unsettling exploration into sensorial space.