20 jaar raster-noton

“raster-noton.archiv für ton und nichtton” is meant to be a platform — a network covering the overlapping border areas of pop, art, and science. Founded in Chemnitz by Olaf Bender, Carsten Nicolai and Frank Bretschneider in 1996, it realizes music projects, publications and installation works. The common idea behind all releases is an experimental approach — an amalgamation of sound, art and design, which is not only apparent in the music, but also visible from the artwork and cover design.

So far, the catalogue of the label consists of about 175 publications, presenting very different artists such as fine artists, club musicians, noise pioneers, academically trained composers or classic instrumentalists. These publications are not restricted to audio formats such as CDs only, but also include books, magazines, DVDs, mass storage devices or art prints.

In the labels’s early years, the music projects were often released in the form of a series characterized by a minimalistic package design. One of these series, the »20′ to 2000«, was bought by the MOMA and the Paris Centre Pompidou and awarded the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica in 2000.

Over the last two decades, there have also been collaborations with institutions, fashion designers, museums and festivals all over the world, and once a year, the label is staging a showcase at Rome’s Academia Tedesca Villa Massimo to present current artists and releases.



Raster-Noton’s Founders on Twenty Years of Presenting Sound and Non-Sound.

Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Bender and Frank Bretschneider discuss the motivations and relationships that define their label:







Ueno Masaaki


New order arises when unrelated things in chaos or disorder interact with each other. Ueno Masaaki focuses on creating new order / new system in which unpredictability and indeterminacy coexist with regularity. His ideas come from interest in the state of the world, natural phenomenon and natural law―including weather, biological processes or physical processes. He incorporates these spontaneous phenomenon and processes into his work to recreate them as “Artificial natural phenomenon with new order.” Ueno Masaaki studied composition, piano and conducting at Toho gakuen school of music in Tokyo, where he completed the masters course. One of his chamber works was selected for the 76th music competition of japan awards. His winning music, “Resonance of zero degree” was broadcasted on NHK-Classics, and played on NHK-FM. While still a university student, he provided his musical works and selected background music for several fashion shows by Junko Koshino, and Goro Ito.  In 2007, Ueno’s idea for making a concert were chosen by Suntory holding limited, and he succeeded in holding the p[l⇔r]ay for our world concert at Suntory-hall in Akasaka,Tokyo. His other highly acclaimed accomplishments include conducting for the soundtrack of NHK’s TV drama, “Kou-myou ga tuji” and working as a sub-conductor for the musical “Take Flight” by Amon Miyamoto.In 2012, Masaaki started, P±H – a group of artists that create new sound installations, and starting from 2013, he composed and published electronic music works under the name of Ueno Masaaki / Ωprojekt.






grischa lichtenberger (born 1983) is an electronic music producer, visual and installation artist living in berlin. grown up in a withdrawn farmhouse near bielefeld (westphalia), his artistic approach developed from surveying the landscape as reference for the condition of art production itself. landscape, in this sense, is understood not only as the picturesque or sublime recreational facility of nature, but as an interaction between the traces of biographical history and the material concreteness of the present surroundings.

the aggressive tone in his sound design has its counterpart in an emotional depth of the musical structure – a hermetic idiosyncrasy of rhythm and melodies that implement a personal handwriting into the arrangement and sculpture of the sound elements. the music aims towards a paradoxic parallelism of introspective moods on the dance floor and unsettling contemplations in an intimate listening situation. tumbling between funky, highly energetic beats and trembling, concerning melodies, an almost tactile honesty reaches out to the individual listener. technology appears not as the perfect, mathematically defined form, but as an index of failure and error, as a shadow of the spooking despairs and desires of its producer, engraved in the finiteness of the concrete form to be embraced by the attentive.

in 2009, he released his ep »~treibgut« as part of the unun series on raster-noton, followed by his debut album »and iv (inertia)« in 2012. he played audiovisual live sets on international festivals and realized several commissioned installations on both local and international sites.





Bas Mooy

Rotterdam home-based dj/producer Bas Mooy (1976) has been
active on many fronts in the techno scene since 1999. Heavily influenced by a city that breaths industrial strength twenty-fourseven, he gradually found his way into creating an unique dark
sound, which lead him to the forefront of the European techno scene.

In 2002 he kickstarted the already legendary Audio Assault record label with label partner Jeroen Liebregts aka Radial, which resulted in the birth of sublabel Arms one year later. Since then the Audio Assault family built a strong and constantly growing fan-base worldwide, showcasing an impressive catalogue with a constant output of stand out twelve inches, setting the standard for today’s quality dark techno.

For many years he has been a member of the Rotterdam underground collective ‘Strictly Techno’, creators of over a hundred legendary parties since 1996. Bas has played at many ‘top of the
bill’ clubs and festivals around the globe and is a regular guest at
the highly respected Awakenings parties in Holland.

Over the years Bas has been a hard working and devoted producer, spending many hours in the studio and putting out music on respected labels such as Mote Evolver, Perc Trax, CLR, Sleaze Records, Planet Rhythm and of course his own imprints Audio Assault and Mord. With the current rise of Mord, Bas shows no sign of slowing down!






DJ Tapejockey

Live music by Dave Adry aka DJ Tape Jockey, the inimitable and strictly analog cassette-DJ from Enschede.