Song of the Day: Turbo Dreams by Ellen Allien & Apparat

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“Turbo Dreams” is the first track from Orchestra of Bubbles the album by Ellen Allien recorded in collaboration with Apparat.

Ellen Allien and Apparat, two headstrong musicians who indeed differ in their musical context but still come together not just at the peripheral rims, collaborated on an album together: “Orchestra of Bubbles”. By a deep plunge into the world of sound of their counterpart both are trying to find gateways in order to expand their own possibilities. While Apparat used to stand for an algorithms-based aesthetics and Ellen Allien fathomed the possible heights and depths of the dance floor widthways as well, for their joint production they dabble in a principle which electronic music is dedicated to from the very beginning and which is now only spelled differently: Contingency. Meaning, Ellen Allien and Apparat indeed take on the connections between Techno and IDM, but extend the original horizon with their thoughtful way of production where they interpenetrate, empathise and move their own artistic borders.
This becomes precise in those moments when Apparat not just aims at the dance floor but reaches it with the help of Ellen Alliens keen sense for a heavy on bass-keynote that gives his melancholic superstructure its cathedral of sound-adhesion.
On the other hand Ellen Alliens claim to produce “brainish” music isnt just an empty phrase but comes alive again.
By using their special Lego-block beats the musicians create a playful re-definition of abstract Elektro, which could be seen as the gateway between both of them and at the same time synchronizes their heart beats. [orchestra-of-bubbles]

Ellen Allien

Birth name Ellen Fraatz
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Experimental techno, techno, electroclash,electropop
Occupations Vocalist, remixer, producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992 to present
Labels BPitch Control
Spectral Sound
Associated acts Apparat


Birth name Sascha Ring
Born June 27, 1978 (age 35)
Quedlinburg, East Germany
Genres Electronic, IDM, glitch
Occupations Musician
Instruments Laptop, Keyboards, Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels Shitkatapult, BPitch Control, P-Vine Records, Mute Records, inFiné
Associated acts
  • Ellen Allien
  • Moderat (with Modeselektor)

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