Broken Error # 010: Legacy of a Late Century

On Saturday, April the 26th, 2014, 10 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

In this (temporarily) last episode of Broken Error it’s time to look back in the 1990s, at the beginnings of Glitch music, Intelligent Dance Music, Clicks & Cuts and the forgotten Leftfield-genre named by the same called band.

Historical Bonustrack:

John Cage (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century.

Williams Mix (1951–1953) is a 4’15“ electronic composition by John Cage for eight simultaneously played independent quarter-inch magnetic tapes. The firstoctophonic music, the piece was created by Cage with the assistance of Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, and David Tudor, using a large number of tape sound sources and a paper score he created for the construction. „Presignifying the development of algorithmic composition, granular synthesis and sound diffusion,“ it was the third of five pieces completed in the Project for Music for Magnetic Tape (1951–1954), funded by dedicatee architect Paul Williams.


Twine – Low (1999)
Matmos – Electric Things # 5 (1997)
Oval – Textuell (1994)
Pole – Fliegen (1998)
Leftfield – A Final Hit (1996)
Console – Dolphin Dos (1998)
Mouse On Mars – Distroia (1999)
Autechre – Tewe (1997)
Squarepusher – Rustic Raver (1997)
Aphex Twin – Peek 82454520 (1996)
John Cage – Williams Mix (1951 -53)

Compiled and produced by Peter Wetzelsberger. Image by Invader (Creative Commons). All rights reserved.

Broken Error # 009: Telefon Tel Aviv – The Hefty Years

Telefon Tel Aviv

On Sunday, March the 23th, 2014, 6 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

Telefon Tel Aviv is a New Orleans-derived, Chicago-based American electronic music act, formerly comprising Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis. Telefon Tel Aviv continues with Eustis as the sole official member since Cooper’s accidental death in 2009 (an event often falsely reported as a suicide). Eustis is also known for being a member of the most recent lineup of Puscifer and Nine Inch Nails‚ live performances.

2001 they released their first two albums Fahrenheit Fair Enough (2001) and Map of What Is Effortless (2004), the 4-track Immediate Action#8 EP (2002)  and the Compilation Remixes Compiled (2007) on Hefty Records, an independend label based in Chicago, Illinois and founded by John Hughes III (aka Slicker) – son of the famous filmmaker John Hughes – which released a range of genres that include postrock, IDM, downtempo, nu jazz, experimental music and hip-hop.

Historical Bonustrack:

Iannis Xenakis (1922 – 2001) was a Greek-French composer, music theorist and architect-engineer. He is commonly recognized as one of the most important post-war avantgarde composers. Xenakis pioneered the use of mathematical models in music such as applications of set theory, stochastic processes and game theory and was also an important influence on the development of electronic and computer music. He integrated music with architecture, designing music for pre-existing spaces, and designing spaces to be integrated with specific music compositions and performances.

Xenakis was the first to explicate a compositional theory for grains of sound. He began by adopting the following lemma: „All sound, even continuous musical variation, is conceived as an assemblage of a large number of elementary sounds adequately disposed in time. In the attack, body, and decline of a complex sound, thousands of pure sounds appear in a more or less short interval of time.“ Xenakis created granular sounds using analog tone generators and tape splicing. His works lead to the development of granular synthesis,  a method today often used in Glitch music…

(Source: Wikipedia)


Telefon Tel Aviv – When It Happens It Moves All By Itself
– Komponent (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)
Telefon Tel Aviv
– What It Is Without the Hand That Wields It
Telefon Tel Aviv
– Fahrenheit Fair Enough
Telefon Tel Aviv
– Sound In A Dark Room (feat. Lindsay Anderson)
Phil Ranelin
– Time Is Running Out (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)
Telefon Tel Aviv
Telefon Tel Aviv
– Fahrenheit Fair Enough (Prefuse 73 Bonus Beat Remix)
– Knock Me Down Girl (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)
Telefon Tel Aviv 
– At the Edge of the World You Will Still Float (feat. Damon Aaron)
Iannis Xenakis
– S. 709 (1994, Excerpts)
Iannis Xenakis
– Analogique A + B (1958/59, Excerpts)

Compiled and produced by Peter Wetzelsberger. Image by Niccolò Caranti (Creative Commons). All rights reserved.

Broken Error # 008: Skip da Hit


On Sunday, February the 23th, 2014, 6 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

Some call it Pop, some call it Mainstream. The well known output of the legion of legends and good selling artists, dominating the international charts and medias. And they’re often get remixed and sometimes also „reglitched“ – reason enough to spend a whole episode of Broken Error with some interesting examples…

Historical Bonustrack:

Plunderphonics is a term coined by composer John Oswald in 1985 in his essay Plunderphonics, or Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative. It has since been applied to any music made by taking one or more existing audio recordings and altering them in some way to make a new composition. Plunderphonics can be considered a form of sound collage. The process of sampling other sources is found in various genres (notably hip-hop and especially turntablism), but in plunderphonic works the sampled material is often the only sound used. These samples are usually uncleared, and sometimes result in legal action being taken due to copyright infringement. Some plunderphonic artists use their work to protest what they consider to be overly-restrictive copyright laws. Many plunderphonic artists claim their use of other artists‘ materials falls under the fair use doctrine. (Source: Wikipedia)


Nine Inch Nails – Where Is Everybody (Danny Lohner feat. Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)
Björk – Innocence (Alva Noto Unitxt Remodel 12 Remix)
Björk – Triumph Of A Heart (Matmos Remix)
Björk – All is Full of Love (Funkstörung Remix)
Aphex Twin – Come to Daddy (Richard Devine Remix)
Britney Spears – Toxic (Poj Masta Mix)
Linkin Park – Waiting For The End (Glitch Mob Remix)
Atom™ – My Generation (The Who Cover)
Jean Michel Jarre – C’est la vie (Reordered by Funkstörung)
Depeche Mode – Zensation (Atom’s Stereonerd Remix)
Alva Noto – Menschmaschine (Kraftwerk Cover)
Plunderphonics – O’Hell (The Doors)
Christian Marclay – John Cage

Compiled and produced by Peter Wetzelsberger. Image by Clint Catalyst (Creative Commons). All rights reserved.

Broken Error # 007: Storm of Splinters


On Sunday, January the 26th, 2014, 6 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

Beware: Hard stuff in this episode of Broken Error. A Hurricane of razorsharp splinters, spinning across the stereofield, seem to collide with time itself, creating a mindblowing soundexperience – nothing for nervous and sensitive people!

Historical Bonustrack:

Karlheinz Stockhausen (22 August 1928 – 5 December 2007) was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial  composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. He is known for his ground-breaking work in electronic music, aleatory (controlled chance) in serial composition, and musical spatialization. 1955/56 he realized the piece Gesang der Jünglinge (literally „Song of the Youths“) at the Westdeutscher Rundfunk studio in Cologne. For the first time ever it successfully brought together the two opposing worlds of the purely electronically generated German elektronische Musik and the French Musique Concrète, which transforms recordings of acoustical events. (Source: Wikipedia)


Vaetxh – Unfolding Mechanism
Richard Devine
– Oxin2lin
Si Begg
– Time is Flexible
– Dfrm
– Hmn Fshn
Otto Von Schirach
– 25’46‘ x 80’12‘
Terminal 11
– Anxiety Acid
Grischa Lichtenberger
– 0811_11_re_0411_08_mas_rm3
Venetian Snares
– Destroy Glass Castles
– Differential
– Gantz Graf
Karlheinz Stockhausen
– Gesang der Jünglinge (1955/56)

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Broken Error # 006: Who the Glitch is Uwe Schmidt?

On Sunday, December the 22th. 2013, 6 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

In this Special we examine the work of German electronic musician Uwe Schmidt who is better known under his aliases Atom™, Atom Heart, Lassigue Bendthaus and Señor Coconut. He worked indeed under many pseudonyms, monikers and „working titles“, in different constellations (with international artists like Bill Laswell, Tetsu Inoue or Burnt Friedman) and genre-mixtures (like Electrolatino or Aciton music). Schmidt had some influences to the German electronic scene since the 1980s and travelled all over the world before he decided to live and work in Santiago de Chile. He’s also one of the most often mentioned popular artists of Glitch music from Germany, beside Oval or Pole.

Historical Bonustracks:

Kraftwerk are a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf. The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western Classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. The group’s simplified lyrics are at times sung through a vocoder or generated by computer-speech software. Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music and are considered pioneers in the field.

Christian Marclay (born 11 January 1955) is a Swiss and American visual artist and composer. Marclay’s work explores connections between sound, noise, photography, video, and film. A pioneer of using gramophone records and turntables as musical instruments to create sound collages, Marclay is, in the words of critic Thom Jurek, perhaps the „unwitting inventor of turntablism.“ His own use of turntables and records, beginning in the late 1970s, was developed independently of but roughly parallel to hip hop’s use of the instrument.


Flanger* –  Music To Begin With
– Midisport (Fairness)
Erik Satin
– I Know How Music Sounds
Los Samplers
– La Vida Es Ilena de cables
ñor Coconut – The Madmen
Dropshadow Disease
– Fototienda
– Untitled (# 10)
– Strom
Lassigue Bendthaus
– The Future (Spiritual Surface Noise)
Geeez ‚N‘ Gosh
– Calling Jesus
Bill Laswell
– Digital Cut-up (Atom Heart Remix)
– Tour De France (1983)
Christian Marclay
– Live on Night Music (1989)

* with Burnt Friedman

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Broken Error # 005: Intonation/Detonation

On Sunday, November the 24th. 2013, 6 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

Classical Music – it’s not everyone’s favorite! Maybe a spoonful of handsome electronica and fine arranged glitches will convince you too. You like pianos? Then you will love this months episode: As a special surprise we’re presenting you a full version (almost 28 minutes) of Kashiwa Daisuke’s April#02.  And at the end there will be some historical pieces again…

John Cage (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. 1940 he had the idea of the Prepared Piano – a piano that has had its sound altered by placing objects (Preparations) between or on the strings or on the hammers or dampers – and wrote many compositions for that instrument.

Luigi Russolo (30 April, 1883 – 4 February, 1947) was an Italian Futurist painter and composer, and the author of the manifesto The Art of Noises (1913) in which he stated that the industrial revolution had given modern men a greater capacity to appreciate more complex sounds. Russolo found traditional melodic music confining and envisioned noise music as its future replacement. In the same year he invented the Intonarumori, noise-making machines and early predecessors of the first analog sythesizers. Today, 100 years later, Russolo became often regarded as one of the first experimental noise music composers.


Oliver Nelson – Stolen Moments (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto
– Iano
Nils Frahm & Anna Müller
– Duktus
– Returner
Kashiwa Daisuke
– April#02
– The Tuning of Miniature Modems
John Cage
– Primitive (Prepared Piano, 1942)*
Luigi Russolo
– Intonarumori (ca. 1913/14)
—————————1. Risveglio Di Una Città
—————————2. Crepitatore
—————————3. Ululatore
—————————4. Gracidatore
—————————5. Gorgogliatore
—————————6. Ronzatore
—————————7. Arco Enarmonico

* played 1998 in Munich by Martin Hinterhäuser.

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Broken Error # 004: Click in Japan

JapanOn Sunday, October the 27th. 2013, 6 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

こんにちは – Japanese artists or artists from Japan were our focus for this month’s Broken Error. We investigate their special approach in Glitch music which sometimes can be very sweet, joyful and a little childish, but also very seriously, calculated and experimental.

In every Broken Error – except when guest artists did the playlist, like Dafake Panda did last time – we present a piece from the history of electronic and experimental music at the end of the show. So also this time! But it went a little harder, because I can’t speak Japanese and there was not much material to get that easy…

Tōru Takemitsu (jap. 武満 徹, October 8, 1930 – February 20, 1996) was a Japanese composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory. He conceived the idea of electronic music technology in 1948, or in his own words, to „bring noise into tempered musical tones inside a busy small tube.“ During the 1950s, Takemitsu had learned that in the same year French engineer Pierre Schaeffer invented the methods of musique concrète based on the same idea as himself – He was pleased with this coincidence. 1951, Takemitsu was a founding member of the anti-academic Jikken Kōbō (実験工房 „experimental workshop“)  an artistic group established for multidisciplinary collaboration on mixed-media projects, who sought to avoid Japanese artistic tradition.


Miyauchi Yuri – Toaf
Shuta Hasunuma
– Soul Soci
Aoki Takamasa & Tujiko Noriko
– 26th Floor
Junichi Akagawa
– Flus
– Fearless
– 23 iSH
– Shift
Ryoji Ikeda
– DataMicrohelix
– Right Lights
Daisuke Tanabe
– Ghost
– Runnninng in the rain
– Solitude
– Pico
Toru Takemitsu
– Sky, Horse and Death (Excerpt, 1967)

Compiled and produced by Peter Wetzelsberger. Image by Miyaoka Hitchcock.
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Broken Error # 003: How 2 fake a Panda…

Dafake PandaOn Sunday the 22th September 2013, 6 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

This time’s Broken Error is compiled by guest artist Dafake Panda, maybe known by some of you from our group IDM | Glitch | Clicks & Cuts on Facebook.

Dafake Panda is a French electronic producer, free-jazz drummer, multi instrumentalist and sonic tweaker. In his own Dadaist demeanor, he explores and weaves bridges between bass music, idm, jazz and glitch by triturating any audio material that passes him by (alarm clock mechanisms, rusty cogs, music boxes, typewriters, waterphone, voice, etc..)

His newest source of  F͏̸͠r̢e̡̧͏e͟ ̡͝D͢o̕͝w̶͟n҉̕l͘oa͞d̵͏s҉ can be found here!
Soundcloud | Facebook | Sociopath Records


Dafake Panda – The Rorschach Test
Lexaunculpt – The Unmute Clipon Revolver
Valance Drakes – Abandoned Hugs
Vaetxh – Unfolding Mechanism
Ruby my dear – Karoshi
BeK – Shrill
Oyaarss – Ibumetins sagurusai dveselei
vndl  – Anit
Alarm will sound – Mt. Saint Michel
Igorrr – Tout Petit Moineau
Venetian Snares – Vida
Digital Velvet – Lidocaine Instrumental
LeGaScred – B 612
Aphex Twin – Kesson Dalef (Dafake Panda cover)

Compiled by Dafake Panda. Produced by Peter Wetzelsberger. Image by Dafake Panda.
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Broken Error # 002: They’ll gonna cut you up!

On Sunday the 25th August 2013, 6 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

The next step in our broadcast presents various artists again with very colourful output between soft (Matthew Herbert Big Band) and hard glitches (Venetian Snares), South America (Los Samplers) and Japan (sanmi), possibly well known (Twerk) and previously unknown artists (kARHu). And there’s also some interesting historical stuff again at the end, this time about Cut Up and Soundcollage…

William S. Burroughs – Well known US-american writter (Naked Lunch) gave a lecture at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute, 1976: He talked about the Cut Up-Technique, its inventor the english painter & sound poet Brion Gysin and presents his example track  „Recall All Active Agents“ from 1968.

The Beatles – What should I told you about? 1968 the famous british Popgroup released their so called White Album, including the experimental Soundcollage „Revolution 9“. It was made by John Lennon with assistance from George Harrison and Yoko Ono.


kARHu – Papertiger
Los Samplers – El Rey De Las Galletas (Soy Yo) (Rumba Galleton)
The Matthew Herbert Big Band – Pontificate
Savath & Savalas – Paths In Soft Focus
Grischa Lichtenberger – 0311_01 re 0510_24
Nanofingers – Odora
Venetian Snares – Nepetalactone
Twerk – Geeky Minimal Sausage Party
Master Eveleigh – Gangsta Glitch
v4w.enko – NSD
sanmi – op2.7
William S. Burroughs – Origin and Theory of the Tape Cut-Ups (Excerpts) (1976)
Brion Gysin – Recall All Active Agents (1960)
The Beatles – Revolution 9 (1968)

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Broken Error # 001: Glitch – An Introduction

On Sunday the 28th July 2013, 6 pm (Central European Time, UTC+01:00).

In our first broadcast we give you a little introduction. Jazz, Ambient, Rock, Pop, Drum n Bass… in all that genres you can find that wonderful glitchy sound that’ll blow your mind. And at the end there are two historical pieces that give you some impressions about the beginnings of Glitch music:

Oval – A german group by Markus Popp and pioneers of the Glitch music. In the early 1990s they’re experimenting with scratched or painted Compact Discs by sampling some of their skippy rhythms into interesting little music tracks.

Pole – In 1996 the german artist Stefan Betke accidentally dropped and broke his Waldorf 4-Pole analogue filter that began making strange crackling and hissing sounds. Instead of repairing it or throwing it away, he started to work with the broken machine, became Pole and get often mentioned with the Clicks & Cuts genre.


Flanger – Short Note With A Few * (0:23)
Badun – Turban (6:42)
Valance Drakes – On Earth As It Is In Heaven (11:20)
Telefon Tel Aviv – 8 Track Project Cut (13:30)
Secret Mommy – Kool Aid River (17:18)
Funkstörung – Grammy Winners (21:15)
Aphex Twin – AFX237 v7 (24:24)
Squarepusher – The Exploding Psychology (28:33)
Apparat – Komponent (35:11)
Lexaunculpt – Has Been Trying Not To Wonder (41:43)
Oval – Aero Deck (49:30)
Pole – Fragen (53:36)

* with excerpts of Kurt Schwitter’s „Ursonate“ (1922 – 32)

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