Byetone | DokuFestJuly 14, 2019
We are thrilled to present to you one of the leading figures of the experimental electronic music scene, the veteran German producer and co-founder of Raster-Noton, Byetone, who will be performing an audio visual show at Lumbardhi on August 9th.
Byetone, real name Olaf Bender, began his creative work with the casual finding of 16mm film equipment during school time. From that moment on, he started experimenting with the medium “film” as well as the raw material “film”.
Technical limitations forced special methods: he scratched directly on the footage to create geometrical figures; the results were archaic motion patterns. as a consequence of his experiments, he came into contact with the east german underground band AG Geige of which he became a permanent member in 1988. by working with this group, he also got into musical aspects. the home computer made it possible for autodidacts like him to work multimedially without musical training.
After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, Bender worked in music distribution. The experiences he gained there led him to the idea of publishing his own music by himself. Together with Frank Bretschneider, he founded the record label Rastermusic in 1996 which later merged with Carsten Nicolai’s Noton label to form Raster-Noton.
Since the label’s founding, Bender has produced music solo under the pseudonym Byetone, but it was not until 2008 that he released his first full-length record on Raster-Noton. The lead single “Plastic Star” also defined his signature sound, presenting a minimalist rhythm-based music piece with a rock attitude that can do without too much processing and decoration; archaic, rebellious music full of energy. The year 2008 also saw the release of his first full-length record, the highly acclaimed “Death of a Typographer”, whose follow-up “Symeta,” released in 2011, even entered several “record of the year” lists. He now runs Raster Media artistic platform, based in Chemnitz.