Maurizio

Maurizio
Bleep.com


Our identity is often argued to be one of the key components of our personality. Without it, we are nothing, yet electronic music in particular has explored endless revisions upon this position, with its focus on the invisibility of the individual, hidden behind an ident or an alias. An artist who has ceaselessly exploited this facet is Moritz von Oswald, who with Mark Ernestus, co-founder of the Basic Channel label in Berlin, has released arguably some of the most influential and controlled techno music of the last twenty years. Since the early 1990s their minimal, restrictive, and inspired releases have affected generations of listeners and creators alike. As Maurizio, Oswald and Ernestus mixed and remixed on subsequent 12” vinyl releases, a series of cavernous, yawningly deep sound projections, distinguishable from one another only by their hazy logos, M-1, M-2 and so on. Recently re-issued, it’s essential listening material to join the dots between Richie Hawtin, Wolfgang Voigt, Monolake, Thomas Brinkmann, Pole and Jeff Mills. Etching out a path that might seem formulaic in principle, the strength of these works is in their transformative power, utilizing a bouncing kick drum matched by claustrophobic harmonies, narcotic atmospherics and a washed out sensibility. There is a sense of being both inside and outside the music, as it captures that muted pulse heard through the club wall from outside, whilst deteriorating synth lines hover in the air space. Maurizio and other Basic Channel releases are vital requirements for the contemporary listener.