They turned drawings into symphonies and made black boxes sing. Why were they never given their due? Sisters With Transistors is the remarkable story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. The film maps a new history of electronic music through the visionary women whose radical experimentations with machines redefined the boundaries of music, including Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, and Laurie Spiegel.
Punk icon, environmental activist and designer extraordinaire Vivienne Westwood is celebrating her 80th birthday!
Vivienne Westwood emerged in the 1970s with Malcolm McLaren in World’s End at the west end of the Kings Road, with her androgynous designs, slogan T-shirts and irreverent attitude towards the establishment. Since then, Vivienne Westwood has continued to push boundaries. Responsible for some of the most famous fashion designs, she has also made a name for herself as an activist, staging public protests to raise awareness for causes close to her heart: Climate Revolution.
About two decades ago, digitisation (in the form of MP3) turned the record business upside down, with the result a.o. that for musicians and labels the revenues have shrunk to a fraction of the previous income. With the Corona lockdown, live concerts as a partial substitute source of income have now also been eliminated. An opportunity to launch more sustainable streaming business models. A notable example is DIUO – created by musicians, for musicians, and the arts.
The animated explainer video by eXtinction Rebellion, voiced by Naomie Harris and music by Brian Eno, summarises the planet’s biodiversity loss, runaway consumerism and the ecological crisis that now faces us, and how the consequences will affect millions of lives around the world. Join our movement and help create the systemchange needed to stop this mass extinction one million species are at risk!
CD/LP/MP3 booklet: “Swiss Combo mittageisen were amongst the best known purveyors of postpunk/newwave in the alpine state back in the early 1980s. Thanks in no small measure to the automaten 12 inch, which earned a reissue in 2016. Their eponymous album, released in 1983, was captivating from start to finish and is much sought after today. unverstaendnis is a curiosity in its own right. The playback having been recorded backwards.”
mital-U support Music Declares Emergency. MDE Music Declares Emergency is a group of individuals and organisations that stand together to declare a climate and ecological emergency and call for an immediate governmental response to protect all life on Earth. We believe in the power of music to promote the cultural change needed to create a better future.
Kyle Devine analyses in his book Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music the environmental and social impacts of the production of recording medium from shellac to streaming. Analog and digital recording medium, as well as electronic devices for music consumption, leave a negative footprint in terms of materials, working conditions, energy consumption. He also shows that multiple streaming generates more greenhouse gases than pressing a vinyl LP. Downloading a song to a local device for repeated playback is currently the least environmentally harmful method of music consumption.
mital-U (Bruno W) supports as ‘Executive Producer’ the production of the film WIRE – PEOPLE IN A FILM, by Malcom Boyle (Director & Producer) and Graham Duff (Writer). A Documentation about the definitiv post-punk band WIRE. The film is scheduled for release in 2021.
(Why) Americans Don’t Understand What Capitalism Really Is! Or, How The Opposite of Capitalism Isn’t Socialism – It’s My Local Record Store. A worth reading article by umair haque!
In a informative visualization you can see how the music market has changed over the last 40 years. On the one hand the shift from physical media (vinyl, MC, CD) to digital formats (MP3 download, streaming), on the other hand the change in sales, which have collapsed with increasing digitalisation and grow slightly from 2015 onwards in the streaming sector with an increase in content. The availability of countless tracks at low prices results in far too less money per stream. Independently produced music on physical media, which allows artists to receive fair compensation, is increasingly becoming a niche market.
Video filmed in the Canadian Arctic provides graphic evidence of the impact of climate change on polar bears in the region. The footage was recorded by the conservation group Sea Legacy during a late summer expedition in Baffin Island.
“My entire Sea Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy.”, the photographer Paul Nicklen wrote on Instagram.
After a few months of work, the website mital-U (about 175 pages) has been redesigned into ‘Responsive Web Design’. This means that the page format automatically adapts to the size of the screen.
mital-U starts with the publication of individual remastered songs from the back catalogue for download/streaming (MP3) on various online portals.
First of all, the release of mittageisen – automaten (radio edit 2015) as download (amazon, iTunes, etc.) and streaming (Napster, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon, etc.).
Bruno W (mittageisen / mital-U) is on Saturday, 1. October 2016 guest at the annual A-SYNTH FEST in St. Gallen (CH). You can find a review on the ARTNOIR-Website.
Not only for those who couldn’t be present on the re-release party, because it was (on the basis of the way or years) too far away… The for the first time shown remastered video is now available online. Following the re-release of the 12″ automaten we’ve just published the remastered video of automaten (radio edit 2015) on vimeo and YouTube.
EISBAER (GRAUZONE) and automaten (mittageisen) are two of the listed Top 20 songs of the 'CH Hall of Fame 80s' for the exhibition Oh Yeah! – Pop music in Switzerland, which takes place from 14 November 2014 to 19 July 2015 at the Museum für Kommunikation, Bern. The exhibition shows the whole cosmos of pop music in Switzerland, from its cautious beginnings in the late 1950s to the present, where music is played on all communication channels.
The new double CD THE VYLLIES 1983-1988 REMASTERED will be released in July 2013. THE VYLLIES are three independent women from the French speaking part of Switzerland, who attracted a great deal of public attention in the 1980s with their unique sound and dramatic stage performances. The new double CD includes all published songs of THE VYLLIES in original length including the songs of the 1984 in Athens released 1st EP. The two CDs are available in a 3 fold-out digipak sleeve, incl. a carefully made 24-page booklet with exclusive band-photos and information about each song. Detailed information about the group and their music can be found on the band-website.
The 2CD will be available at well assorted record stores.
In an interview of the newspaper 'Zentralschweiz am Sonntag'’ (April 28, 2013) with François Mürner, longtime moderator and editor-in-chief of Sounds! a program on the Swiss radio DRS2 and later DRS3, he said to the central Swiss music scene “I loved in the 1980s great bands from Central Switzerland, I played all DRS3. So the Sedel punks CRAZY. Or mittageisen and their strong lyrics.” Both productions by mital-U and still to be heard on CD.
We’re proud to announce a new duoble CD THE VYLLIES REMASTERED. The 2CD set will contain about 28 digitally remastered songs, incl. WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW, PURPLE GORILLA, AHIA, THE SKY IS FULL OF STITCHES, DESIRE (REPETITION DESPERATION), NOW WE FALL, of THE VYLLIES. The 2CD will be available in a 3 fold-out digipak-sleeve, incl. a booklet with exclusive band-fotos and informations about each song. The release of the 2CD is planned for mid 2013!
We’ve just released a new music video [YouTube|vimeo] for the song EISBAER from the 2CD GRAUZONE 1980-1982 REMASTERED.
The video shows that the attempt to escape the dreariness of his existence a polar bear is doomed to failure – his escape is a circular movement that must be without redemption. The refuge to supposedly paradisiacal conditions (untouched Arctic, the city as a place of culture and communication) are shown as illusory utopias.
“There is no life in the wrong” Adorno
We’re pleased to announce the release of the new double-CD GRAUZONE 1980-1982 REMASTERED on 1th December 2010. GRAUZONE belonged between 1980 and 1982 to the pioneers of the German new wave (NDW). With their hit EISBAER (Polar Bear) they met the attitude to life of that time and reached the Austrian and German charts. The double-CD contains 21 digital remastered songs, incl. 6 so far on CD as 3 previously unpublished GRAUZONE-tracks. Besides, contrary to past CD publications, all songs are in original full length! The two CDs are available in a 3 fold-out digipak-sleeve, incl. a comprehensive 24-page booklet with exclusive band-fotos and informations about each song. Detailed information about the group and their music can be found on the band-website. The 2CD will be available at well assorted record stores.
Swiss Radio DRS3 has compiled for this year 2010 the stories behind '200 successful and beautiful Swiss songs'. Every week, they presented five songs about a specific topic. Questions about the individual songs are answered by the artists of the 200 most influential Swiss songs in the series 'DRS3 Swiss pop history! 200 songs – 200 stories'. In the week from May 10th to 15th, as one of 5 songs on the theme '80s', the story of the song automaten by mittageisen was presented.
We’re happy to announce a new double CD GRAUZONE REMASTERED. The 2CD set will contain all, about 20 digitally remastered previously released tracks (Eisbär, Film 2, Träume mit mir, Ich und Du, Wütendes Glas, Moskau, Ein Tanz mit dem Tod, Ich lieb Sie, …), as well as unreleased tracks from GRAUZONE. The release is planned for the 4th quarter 2010.
Release of the new double-CD mittageisen 1981-1986 remastered with 19 digital remastered songs, 6 of them previously unreleased! The 2CD set is available in a fold-out digipak sleeve incl. a 24-page booklet.
The production of the new double-CD mittageisen 1981-1986 remastered is in the final-stage. The two CDs contains 19 remastered songs, 6 of them previously unreleased. The 2CD will be released in a fold-out digipak sleeve plus a 24-pages booklet in a limited first edition of 500 copies. The 2CD will be available from December at well assorted record stores.
On the mital-U youtube channel you can now watch the music video for ‘automaten’, which was realized for ars electronica 95 in Linz.
The pre-electronica song ‘automaten’ became an indie disco hit after its release in 1985.
Start of the project ‘mittageisen remastered’. The 2CD set will contain about 20 digitally remastered already published as unpublished songs of mittageisen in a fold-out digipak sleeve plus a comprehensive booklet. Planned release-date is in the 4th quarter 2008.
Veröffentlichung der neuen CD toini – electronic biscuits! Die electronica EP enthält sechs neue Songs, remixed von Marco Repetto and Bruno W, welche zum Hören und v.a. auch zum Tanzen animieren!
“Dear mital-U, Congratulations! You’ve made it to the mPulse.com Top 10 Site Alternative. We’d like to pass along an award recognizing your high profile on mPulse.com.” Martin Reidy, President/CEO mPulse.com
The production of a new toini CD is initiated! It is planned to release an EP with new edits and remixes of the songs heart on bleed and biscuit.
Release-date of our new (co-)production Swiss Kult-Hits Vol.2 : 80s Wave. A compilation with 16 songs from artists like Yello, Kleenex, Grauzone, Liliput, Stephan Eicher, The Vyllies, Blue China and other artists.
You maybe know that the swiss government (federal council) got a new ‘young’ member. More about the difference between ‘age in years’ and ‘young in mind’ is written – unfortunately only in german – in the swiss sunday-newspaper Sonntags-Zeitung Ruth Metzler’s missed youth with a.o. relation to mital-U!
Official release of a new compilation CD called Swiss Kult-Hits Vol.1 : 1970-1996. A compilation with 16 songs from artists like Touch El Arab, Young Gods, Grauzone, Stephan Eicher, … and mittageisen with their song automaten!
We’re happy to announce for January 1999 a new EP: mittageisen v2 – geld arbeit (re-mixed)! This is the second CD of mittageisen v2 with new remixed and editied versions of the songs ‘geld’ and ‘arbeit’, incl. 3 new ‘currencies’ remixed by Marco Repetto!
This is the result of a collaboration of two ‘old’ colleagues (ex-mittageisen / ex-Grauzone, and together the fanzine SONDERNUMMER) from the early 1980es!
We here at Project Cool wanted to let you know that you were selected during the past week because your site makes effective use of the web as a medium and in some way shows off the web’s potential. It is a site that others building for the web can look to for inspiration.
After another visit to the Ars Electronica in Linz and presentation of the video for 'automaten', launch of the mital-U website. In addition to the art historical context of 'Dada Situationists Punk Wave', a portrait of 'Siouxsie & the Banshees', a lively exchange within the still small Internet community, and last but not least 'the small global indie label mital-U' with a.o. the productions of CRAZY and mittageisen.