The 8 Of Space


Schneider TM is the multidimensional music project of Dirk Dresselhaus which has been operating since the mid '90s. His latest opus is also his first for release for Editions Mego. With an extensive catalogue under his belt, one may wonder where this one takes us" The 8 Of Space orbits the realm of "pop" more overtly than the project has done for 14 years, residing in the line of works that temporarily ended with Skoda Mluvit from 2006. In the age of scattered streaming listening habits, The 8 Of Space champions the classic album format with connected tracks that act like chapters adding up to what could be framed as an "audio-movie". The "plot" revolves around a post-dystopian landscape which posits the make-up of reality in the future. The vessel is electronic pop music but one which takes inspiration from the spirit of a multitude of musical forms absorbed into a trans human sound world where biological and technological elements complement each other (We are NOT The Robots!). The music unifies the analog world of acoustic and electric instruments with electronic and digital possibilities that range from heavily processed acoustic and electric guitars and bass, tube organ, analog modular synth units, acoustic drums and percussion, analog and digital drum machines and effect units, hardware and software processing. Generative music, audio spirals like clockworks create ever changing musical combinations; thrown-in sounds, polyrhythms and cascades based on the concept of chance attributed to the service of the song. The lyrics are a key component. Holistic, associative poetry acts as interactive trigger points for the mechanisms of existence in times of a paradigm shift that are open to the listeners discretion. Autobiographical elements combine with science fiction and dreams, protagonists shift where the "I" or "me" is not necessarily the voice of the artist, nor even the same person. Alongside a more naturalized voice another protagonist appears represented by a processed voice. This character, named iBot, evolved around the start of the millennium and has appeared on some previous Schneider TM recordings. All the elements on The 8 Of Space, the music, sounds, vocals and artwork fit together as a whole, creating a dazzling electro pop future questioning it's own certainty. This is experimental electroacoustic pop music featuring glorious melodies dancing along human/machine voices, each track is a small universe that triggers the physical mind and tickles the subconsciousness.