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ARTIST
TITLE
Lost + Found (1998-2000)
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STRIKE 086CD STRIKE 086CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/23/2007

Lost + Found (1998-2000) is the never-released follow-up album to 1998's Via Nostra by Berlin's Sun Electric (Max Loderbauer, Tom Thiel). Who is Sun Electric? Sun Electric is to ambient music what The Sex Pistols was to punk music. But since electronic music abandoned the pathetic poses of rock music, nobody had to die to make this unique band history. The Sun Electric members are regarded as innovators of ambient music -- or electronic listening music or intelligent dance music -- depending on what you prefer. After electronic music exploded in the late '80s/early '90s, the music seemed more or less to be restricted to forming the heartbeat of homogeneous party crowds. Like The Orb's Alex Paterson, Loderbauer and Thiel allowed the sounds to detach themselves from the action on the dancefloor to lead a life of their own. After having released six albums on the R&S/Apollo label, Loderbauer and Thiel lost interest in their hardware equipment and explored computer-based modes of music production. Lost + Found is more than an archaeological find, it's the rediscovery of electronic music as an alien experience, as a sonic challenge. Thiel and Loderbauer avoid the pathetic narcissism of overproduction: the plague in current electronic music production. Lost + Found was recorded in the three successive years after Sun Electric's final album was released in 1998. Listening to Lost + Found, one might feel like visiting a jungle: the music creates a complex soundscape, reminding of the noises of weather conditions and the sounds of a multitude of unknown animals. While current electronic music triggers the movements of the dancer's bodies like an aerobics class, the effects of Sun Electric's music on mind and body are complex and open.