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bender

olaf benders (aka byetone) experimental work with film material started during school time. the casual finding of a complete 16mm movie equipment gave the initiation. from this time on started an intensive dealing with the medium »film« as well as the raw material »film«.

technical limitations forced special methods: he scratched directly on the footage with objects to create geometrical figures. the results were archaic motion patterns. due to the experiments he came into contact with the east-german underground band AG-Geige.

in 1988 he became a permanent member of AG-Geige.

by working with this group he got into musical aspects. home computer made it possible for autodidacts like him to work multimedial without knowledge of practical musical skills.

after the falldown of berlin wall in 1989 he was working with a music distributor. the work experiences he collected there led to the idea of publishing own musical projects by himself.
together with frank bretschneider he founded the recordlabel rastermusic in 1996. rastermusic wanted to publish their own electronic music projects and those of other similar working artists. the special process of creating electronic sound should be reflected also in the graphical presentation of the label and his products.

one of the earliest rastermusic productions was the project signal, which olaf bender has been continuing together with bretschneider and nicolai until today. nicolai owned the sublabel noton, which finally merged with rastermusic to raster-noton in 1999.

beside the management of raster-noton he is responsible for graphic design and public appearance of the label. additionally bender performs solo under the pseudonym byetone.

bender creates his music digitally. he assembles sine tones to complex sound fabrics. digital clicks and effect plug-ins are essential to create the rhythms. all this is brought in a timely relation and so a track is born — an artificial world without any physical effort.

computer music is often hard to perform in front of an audience. although possibilities seem almost unlimited it is difficult to present this music in a concert setting without an immense deal of technology.

bender therefore uses visuals in the sense of animated light. abstract animations support the abstract pieces of music — in this way the rhythm of music is transformed into a graphic equivalent. by using the computer bender controls the animations in realtime. in connection with sound effect processing this enables him to interact live on stage.

1968 born in karl-marx-stadt / GDR
1974 - 87 secondary school and apprenticeship as tailor
1990 - 93 work as graphik designer with different agencys
1993 - 95 agent in mediadistribution
1996 founded rastermusic, works independently in chemnitz
1999 rastermusic and noton, merged in raster-noton

for more information and releases see byetone

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releases from bender