20. April 2023 | EarthPercent x Earth Day 2023
We are pleased to support the 'Earth Day 2023' campaign of EarthPercent with the exclusive release of 'automaten (-6y edit)'. The track is a deconstructed, contemporary version of the song first released in 1985 (12″).
'automaten (-6y edit)' will be available for a limited time (20 April until 6 May 2023), on the bandcamp webpages of EarthPercent and mev2 as a single and as part of a compilation.
17. March 2023 | Human Artistry CampAIgn
How should artists deal with AI? The 'Entertainment Industry Coalition' has published seven principles for the relationship between artificial intelligence and music as part of the 'Human Artistry CampAIgn'.
We believe that artificial intelligence (AI) – like e-guitar, synthesizer, sampler – can and will be a useful tool for creative composers. The causes of negative consequences – not only in the use of technology – are more likely to be found in human and less in artificial intelligence…
6. March 2023 | EarthPercent partner
mital-U is now an official partner of EarthPercent, an environmental charity co-founded by Brian Eno.
One of the ways to fight the causes of climate change and environmental destruction is – besides making our own activities sustainable – to support (immaterially and materially) organisations like eXtinctionRebellion and EarthPercent.
28. February 2023 | AI drum computers : work – only for robots?
Until now, drum computers have been used to keep metronomic time and create repetitive rhythms. Now, AI drum computers also embrace human imperfection…
Jack Stilgoe (Professor of Science and Technology Policy at University College London) addresses the machine question in his essay, looking at the rise of artificial intelligence and whether AI drum computers will take over the ‘jobs’ of drummers.
29. December 2022 | She was a rebel, never without a cause
As one of the main architects of punk, Vivienne Westwood pioneered the way in which the energy and spirit of punk could be expressed through clothing.
The Sex Pistols showed the world what punk sounded like, Westwood showed the world what it looked like!
Westwood always went her own way, always with style and dignity. In recent decades, she has become increasingly involved in initiatives/protests for human rights and environmental protection.
Despite her apparent eccentricity, Westwood had a very clear view of what was important in life – and she knew that it was not primarily the clothes. R.I.P.
8. October 2022 | demo-tape 1981 remastered
40 years back into the musical future, when bands like Joy Division, PIL, SatB, WIRE, etc. released their unique music (PostPunk/NewWave).
At the same time, mittageisen were formed and recorded their first songs at the end of 1981. We have restored three previously unreleased songs from the original MC and publish them as demo-tape 1981 remastered in digital version for download/streaming.
8. June 2022 | mev2
What began in 1994 with various remix projects (mittageisen v2, toini) is continued under the name mev2. The resulting 'sounds' are published as MP3 downloads or streaming on mev2.bandcamp.
In addition, the label activities focus on 'visions' (currently WIRE – PEOPLE IN A FILM) as well as the support of various socio-cultural projects.
21. April 2022 | The Anti-DicKtators – Standing with Ukraine
The Anti-DicKtators are a collaboration of likeminded musicians horrified at what’s going on in Ukraine at the moment, and wanting in their own small way to help contribute to raising awareness and money for a relief fund.
The Anti-DicKtators are producer Phil Meadley (The Gaslight Troubadours), vocalist/songwriter Yuriy Gurzhy (RotFront – Emigrantski Raggamuffin Kollektiv / The Disorientalists), fiddle player Jon Sevink (Levellers), bassist Tom Robinson (Tom Robinson Band / BBC Radio 6 Music presenter), and vocalist Katya Tasheva (RotFront).
6. January 2022 | David Bowie
Not only because of the upcoming birthday and unfortunately also the 6th anniversary of his death, it is worth reading this article 'David Bowie – Artist, disruptor, creative technologist' about David Bowie as a creative artist and innovative technology user and listening to his music once again (e.g. Berlin trilogy Low, Heroes, Lodger).
12. November 2021 | mittageisen 1981
At the end of 1981, mittageisen made their first demo recordings with an 8-track tape machine, which were released in 1982 in a very small edition as a music cassette. While three (wir, persistance de la mémoire, einer von vielen) of the six songs were released in a new version on the LP in 1983, the rest of the songs remained unreleased. We have now decided to restore the original recordings and then decide which of the songs will be released in a remastered version during 2022.
23. April 2021 | Sisters with Transistors
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.
8. April 2021 | Vivienne Westwood
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.
8. February 2021 | Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché
A new documentary (IMDb) honoring punk icon Poly Styrene has been released. A daughter’s journey to reveal the untold story of the first woman of colour to front the successful band X-Ray Spex.
Poly Styrene introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain.
We are pleased to be one of several Executive Producers who helped make the film possible. Offical trailer: Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché.
14. August 2020 | Extinction Emergency and why we must act now!
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. Support the movement and help create the systemchange needed to stop this mass extinction!
24. July 2020 | German Synth-Wave Underground 1981-1984
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.”
18. May 2020 | “walk in silence – don’t walk away, in silence”
40th anniversary of the death of Ian Curtis, singer of Joy Division (1977-1980)! Accompanying Anton Corbijn’s video for atmosphere, the last released single. Maybe also reason to listen to the outstanding musical work of Joy Division and to watch Anton Corbijn’s filmic obituary Control from 2007.
4. April 2020 | Band-Websites with individual picture galleries/slideshows
The webpages of the bands GRAUZONE, mittageisen, The Vyllies were supplemented with individual picture galleries/slideshows, including photos & documents from their active time.
1. January 2020 | MP3 neues china (radio edit 2015)
Release of another remastered MP3 song mittageisen – neues china (radio edit 2015) as download (amazon, aMusic, etc.) and streaming (Spotify, deezer, qobuz, amazon, etc.).
28. November 2019 | Music Declares Emergency
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.
11. November 2019 | Movie Platzspitzbaby
The mittageisen song automaten (from 10m42s) is, among other 1980s songs, part of the film soundtrack Platzspitzbaby (IMDb). A movie about the drug scene (Platzspitz) in Zurich in the 1990s. Cinema release in Switzerland is/was mid-January 2020 [Trailer].
15. October 2019 | The Political Ecology of Music
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.
8. August 2019 | WIRE – PEOPLE IN A FILM
mital-U (Bruno W) supports as co-producer (Senior 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 expected to be completed by spring 2023 (due to filming delays caused by COVID restrictions).
21. February 2019 | The Opposite of Capitalism Isn’t Socialism – …
“(Why) Americans Don’t Understand What Capitalism Really Is! Or, How The Opposite of Capitalism Isn’t Socialism – It’s My Local Record Store.” An worth reading article by umair haque about the socio-cultural importance of record shops!
6. October 2018 | The Long Fade Out
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.
9. December 2017 | I don’t want to be a polar bear
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.” wrote the photographer Paul Nicklen on Instagram.
5. May 2017 | zweikommasieben Magazin #15
In the brand new issue #15 of zweikommasieben Magazin you can read a contribution by Bruno W. In this context, we published two playlists on Spotify (we hope you will share and follow it): Pre- & Post-punk (70s & 80s) / Neue Musik aus DE+CH (NDW-Avantgarde 1979-1984).
11. November 2016 | My life as a Zucchini
In the animation movie My life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras the teenagers dance to EISBAER by GRAUZONE.
A worth seeing, multiple awarded film!
10. October 2016 | MP3 automaten (radio edit 2015)
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, aMusic, etc.) and streaming (Spotify, deezer, qobuz, amazon, etc.).
9. September 2016 | A-SYNTH FEST
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.
8. August 2016 | Capsule Collection 2016 by Julia Seemann
The highly talented fashion designer Julia Seemann [ VFILES | NOT JUST A LABEL ] has created the Capsule Collection 2016 as a TRIBUTE TO MITTAGEISEN, what honour us.
The collection was presented at the London Fashion Week 2016 and other events.
7. July 2016 | a tribute to mittageisen
The skate enthusiasts from THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW have published a worth seeing skate video [vimeo|YouTube] with excerpts from various mittageisen songs. They have also created a T-shirt, which is or was available through their online shop.
3. June 2016 | Video automaten remastered
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 (IMDb) 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.
3. March 2016 | Re-release 12″ automaten on Record Store Day 2016
The re-release of the meanwhile extremely rare and expensive traded 12″ automaten will be available in a limited and numbered edition of 500 copies on April 16th at Record Store Day 2016 contributing record stores. Afterwards, the 12″ will be available at well assorted record stores.
10. January 2016 | planet earth is blue
“Bowie made people feel that is was alright to be a bit different and to try things out.” Jarvis Cocker on David Bowie, BBC Radio 6. mital-U playlist with great Bowie songs on YouTube and Spotify. R.I.P.
12. December 2015 | Video YEARNING FOR TURNING Vol.3
Our friends from KORUA Shapes have published in their series YEARNING FOR TURNING another worth seeing video, this time with the MITTAGEISEN-song ARAGON LIBERTARIO.
11. November 2015 | Video YEARNING FOR TURNING Vol.2
The snowboard enthusiasts KORUA Shapes have published in their series YEARNING FOR TURNING a worth seeing video with the GRAUZONE-song EISBAER.
7. July 2015 | Project re-release 12″ automaten
We’ve just started with the project to re-release a limited, numbered first edition of 500 copies of the 12″ automaten by mittageisen. The record will be pressed on high quality 180g vinyl, packed in the reproduced original cover plus (new) printed inner sleeve.
14. November 2014 | CH Hall of Fame 80s
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.
11. November 2013 | Reviews + Interview in OBSKÜRE
After several reviews on the new double CD THE VYLLIES 1983-1988 REMASTERED the French magazine OBSKÜRE published an interview with the label owner & producer of the 2CD Bruno W.
7. July 2013 | Video WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW
We’ve just published the music video [YouTube|vimeo] for the song WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW from the 2CD THE VYLLIES 1983-1988 REMASTERED.
This is the remastered version of the only official music video by THE VYLLIES, produced in 1985 and directed by Urs Egger (IMDb).
6. June 2013 | 2CD The Vyllies 1983-1988 remastered
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.
28. April 2013 | Bands from Central Switzerland
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.
2. February 2013 | Project The Vyllies remastered
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!
1. January 2012 | Video EISBAER
We’ve just released a new music video [YouTube|vimeo] for the song EISBAER from the 2CD GRAUZONE 1980-1982 REMASTERED.
The video (IMDb) 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
video EISBAER @IMDb
11. November 2010 | 2CD GRAUZONE 1980-1982 REMASTERED
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.
5. May 2010 | 200 successful and beautiful Swiss songs
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.
2. February 2010 | Project GRAUZONE REMASTERED
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.
18. January 2009 | Bruno W on GAFFA Radio 3FACH
“Bruno W, mastermind of the legendary Swiss DarkWave band mittageisen and producer of the first Swiss Punk LP (CRAZY), is guest for 2 hours in the show GAFFA of Radio 3FACH with music and reminiscences from the 1980’s.”
22. December 2008 | The 20 best Swiss ‘Kick Ass Songs’
As part of its 10th anniversary, Radio 3FACH looked for 'The 100 best Swiss Kick Ass songs' [list list on the Internet Archive], which should not be missed in any record collection.
The mittageisen song automaten was played among the 20 best titles in the final show on 22th December 2008.
12. December 2008 | 2CD mittageisen 1981-1986 remastered
Release of the new double-CD mittageisen 1981-1986 remastered with 19 digital remastered songs, 6 of them previously unreleased!
mittageisen was “one of the earliest Darkwave/Electro Goth bands” (Wikipedia). Their songs are available on two CDs in a fold-out digipak sleeve including a 24-page booklet.
First reviews and a 90 minutes mittageisen-special on the electronic underground radio-show Linearnetrik at Radio-Decoder.de.
6. June 2008 | mital-U TV
For the ars electronica 95 in Linz, Markus S, Peter T, Bruno W realised a computer-animated video 'automaten', which still can be watched on the YouTube channel mital-U TV.
In addition, mital-U TV makes various swiss-wave videos available on YouTube and selected HD videos on Vimeo!
6. October 2007 | CONTROL by Anton Corbijn
The Guardian: “Anton Corbijn’s glorious biography of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis is the film of the year. . . .
Control is a film about England, about music, about loneliness and love; there is melancholy in it, but also a roar of energy. I thought it might depress me. Instead I left the cinema walking on air.”
1. January 2007 | Project ‘mittageisen remastered’
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.
4. April 2002 | CD toini – electronic biscuits
Release of the new CD toini – electronic biscuits! The electronic EP contains six new songs, remixed by Marco Repetto and Bruno W, which open up new soundscapes!
9. September 2001 | Top 10 Site Alternative
“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
4. May 2001 | CD Swiss Kult-Hits Vol.2
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.
4. April 1999 | Ruth Metzler’s missed youth
Since the 11 March 1999, the Swiss government (Federal Council) has a new 'young' member. In this context, Thomas Haemmerli wrote an article – unfortunately only in german – for the SonntagsZeitung (28 March 1999) about Ruth Metzlers verpasste Jugend – Was die “Hoffnungsträgerin der Jungen” nicht hören wollte: Die CD «Swiss Kult-Hits» bringts nochmals. with reference to mital-U!
3. March 1999 | CD Swiss Kult-Hits Vol.1
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!
12. December 1998 | CD mittageisen v2 – geld arbeit (re-mixed)
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 and Bruno W!
This is the result of a collaboration of two 'old' colleagues (ex-mittageisen / ex-Grauzone, fanzine SONDERNUMMER) from the early 1980es!
27. May 1997 | Congratulations! As we’re sure you are aware, your site is “cool” and now it’s official!
“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.”
8. August 1995 | Launch website mital-U
After another visit to the 'Ars Electronica' in Linz and the presentation of the video for 'automaten', the mital-U website is launched.
Besides the art historical context of 'Dada Situationists Punk', 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 the bands CRAZY and mittageisen.