Acclaimed electronic music producer Robot Koch releases his new EP “Sphere Outtakes” – the follow-up to “Sphere” out 10/5 last year – via his own label Trees and Cyborgs on April 26. Designed as the soundtrack to an audio visual live show and conceived in collaboration with the artist Mickael Le Goff, the project is a musical exploration of space and will be exhibited in planetariums and full dome venues across Europe and North America starting at MUTEK San Francisco on May 2nd.
“I wanted to do something entirely new and different, move out of my comfort zone. I‘ve been playing in clubs for more than ten years and the idea of doing something in a planetarium has been in my head for a while. I just loved the idea of it being totally immersive; it lies somewhere between a 3D movie and a concert,” Koch explains.
With “Sphere Outtakes”, Koch delves into dark pockets that separate stars, sounds, and ultimately feelings: “The space around things, the nothingness of space, fascinates me and I seek that space in my work too, the right amount of reverb around a sound, making it small and intimate or epic and far away is something I play with a lot.” he adds.
Building sound from a neoclassical sphere, he rapidly switches to more immediate and experimental outbursts, threading the line between drony, twisted and skeletal German minimal to spectral, transcendental techno. It’s a visual and sonic bath inspired by sci-fi, Robert being a massive fan of Blade Runner and Alien and intrigued by space and the possibility of a life above the stars. Tracks such as Another World and Data Religion showcase dark pulsations and clanks that channel a post-human dystopia. BBC’s Bobby Friction described it perfectly; “it sounds like artificial intelligence discovering religion.”