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Basic Channel

Mark Ernestus and Moritz Van Oswald's Basic Channel are responsible for concocting some of the most mind-melting music ever to have caressed bleep-ears. Their post-apocalyptic sonic vision was carved from industrial Berlin metal circa 1993 where the duo set up base which eventually became the Hard Wax store and mastering studio. Out of this bunker came a series of anonymous transmissions, distorted, dissonant twelve inches that sounded like little else... Crackling with the dust of a disused factory floor, geiger counter riffs ping-pong, a refracted 4/4 pulses and synth-drones feedback, each twelve a landmark in sound design.

With each release the artwork slowly dissolved and while Basic channel ceased in 1994, Ernestus and Von Oswald would splinter the dub-operation into the highly successful Rhythm and Sound, Basic Replay, and Wackies reissue label. Regardless Basic Channel's legacy still reverberates to this day...


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