Apparat has always approached music from interesting angles, combining styles and modes into electronic music with deft and rewarding vigour. But his work until now can only be seen as preparing the ground for this body of work, an album so satisfying, accomplished and beautiful.»
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apparat, aka sascha ring releases 'krieg un frieden (music for theatre)' - an album of music based on sebastian hartmann's theatre production of tolstoy's 'war and peace'. sebastian hartmann is considered one of the big innovators of contemporary german theatre, and asked ring to contribute to this mammoth project, which was commissioned by the renowned german arts festival ruhrfestspiele in recklinghausen. featuring artwork by tilo baumgartel, whose work forms part of the theatre production, krieg un frieden was recorded with philipp timm (cello) and christoph hartmann (violin), who form part of apparat's live band. for apparat, aka berlin-based sascha ring, experiments in sound are strongly linked to exploring emotions. over the course of seven album releases he has developed a multifarious, emotional universe. from early works, such as 'multifunktionsebene' (2001) and 'duplex' (2003), which took the abstractness out of electronic music and introduced a new spectrum of feelings beyond electronics - well-tested modes, through collaborations with ellen alien (orchestra of bubbles) and modeselektor (as moderat), apparat is always in transition. in 2010 he founded the apparat band and opened himself to a new sonic cosmos that culminated into 'the devil's walk' (2010), his first release on mute.
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