Olaf Bender, the man behind the microsound Byetone project, creates his music digitally using sine waves to weave a complex sonic fabric, accented by clicks and effects, taking the listener to an alternate sonic reality, where the rules of the physical world are forgotten.

Live, the fabric of his music is blended seamlessly with a tapestry of animated light, forming a visual balance to the audio component. These abstract images are controlled in real time by Bender, to form a dynamic work by further stimulating the musical impact with rhythmic changes of light and dark. Olaf Benders` experimental film work began when he was a scholar. The chance discovery of some 16mm film equipment sparked an abiding passion for film both as a medium and as a material. In his early works, constrained by technical limitations, he created geometrical shapes by scratching the images directly on the film itself to create simple patterns of motion. These early works brought him into contact with the underground group AG-Geige, who he joined permanently in 1988. In order to distribute the electronic sounds that were close to his own heart, in 1996 he started Rastermusic with friend and collaborator Frank Bretschneider. Along with giving a platform to electronic artists working in the same genre, Benders and Bretschneider sought to forge a new aesthetic, with artwork that reflected the unique processes used in the creation of electronic experimental music. One of the earliest releases of Rastermusic was project Produkt, later Signal, featuring Bender, Bretschneider and Carsten Nicolai, a musician and proprietor of the Noton label. Project Signal continues as a musical collaboration to this day and, in 1999, the two labels were merged to form the Raster-Noton imprint.


Artist info

Label: Raster-Noton
Array: DE
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