Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Genre

“It is difficult to to break new grounds nowadays. There is a huge amount of young people who now work on Ambient Music, like the Leverage Models, Four Tet or this german guy, Bernhard Wöstheinrich […]” Pete Townshend

Genre, however, sticks out. It is an evocative ambient record that will leave the listener spellbound. Recorded with the intention of being explicit, noisy and at the same time very refined, these six tracks find a dark, and yet playful angle to dub, krautrock, and ambient – like Bill Laswell on Benzos or a Tangerine Dream recorded in an empty space hangar.

The raw material for Genre was recorded in a long day of recording at Horus Studios in Hannover, joined by Markus Reuter. Reuter did not just man the vintage analogue recording deck, but also manipulated the incoming signals in real-time, routing them through a mindblogglingly complex array of guitar pedals. “At the end of the day, I had no idea if it sounded particularly inspired or how much of it was usable,” Wöstheinrich admits.

As it turned out, there were plenty of inspiring moments in those recordings. During weeks of studio work, the tracks were edited and refined into a finished album. Thick ganja clouds are blown over the hypnotic abstract drumless beats. There are long stretches of scratchy soundscapes, bizarre and quirky. Most of all, however, there is a lot of space and listening to be found here.

The song titles picture the intertwining of identities represented by the use of words found in both German and English. However, the words of the song titles have a completely different meaning in each language.

The new music of Genre is to move forward – there is a lot of grid to be found in those sounds, but also featuring a blend of unsettling, haunting melodies, and lush, expansive soundscapes.
It is a audacious statement, carving out its own identity.

It is a music that can feel disorienting at times. But when breaking new grounds, that comes with the territory.

Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Synthesizers, Keyboards, Live-Arrangement

Mixing & editing: Bernhard Wöstheinrich

Produced by Markus Reuter and Bernhard Wöstheinrich

Recorded at Horus Sound Studio, Hanover, Germany, on October 31, 2022.
Recording Engineer: Benjamin Schäfer

Mastering: Markus Reuter

Artwork by Bernhard Wöstheinrich,
From the image ‘Saint John the Baptist’ by Giulio Campagnola, 1505 a. D.


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Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Submerging in a Forgotten Pond

Materiaal Series, Part 060

This session is based on a sample set created from recordings of ponds. These sounds were recorded with a very special microphone, designed to capture all those mysterious sounds found in swamps, pools and smaller lakes. This device is capable of picking up all the scratching, hissing and cracking underwater noises, produced by plants, insects and everything else down there, revealing the secrets that go on right in your back yard.


Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Keyboards, Samplers, Synthesizers and Sequencers

Editing & mixing: Bernhard Wöstheinrich
Mastering: Markus Reuter

Sound recordings with the Aquabeat Hydrophone by and with David Rothenberg

All drawings (cover and video): Christine Kriegerowski

Video by Bernhard Wöstheinrich, additional pond footage by David Rothenberg


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North East USA Tour 2023

I will be back in the U.S. for a few shows in April!
More performances are yet to be announced.

Live in Concert at the Schallwelle Award Ceremony

Performing together with Volker Lankow.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Kolpinghaus, Wattenscheider Hellweg 76
44869 Bochum-Wattenscheid-Höntrop

Also appearing:

Winfrid Trenkler, Music journalist who hosted popular radio programs in the field of progressive rock music and electronic music on Westdeutscher Rundfunk.
Eroc, a German musician and sound engineer. He was the drummer and band leader of the German progressive rock group Grobschnitt from 1970 until 1983
Wolfram Spyra, a famous german musician, often associated with the retro or Berlin School sound pioneered by Klaus Schulze and others, he uses modern ambient electronica elements extensively, creating his own rich sound that defies easy categorization.

and further more:
Christian Gorsky
Frank Dorittke

and also there’s a great buffet to be expected...

Entrance Fee for the whole event: 39€ (36 € for club members).

Anchor and Burden – Kosmonautik Pilgrimage

“Monster killer album!!“
– Leonardo Pavkovic

“Anchor and Burden” goes into the 2nd round. In 2021, the “supergroup” that Markus Reuter put together to set an example of what a contemporary band can actually be, recorded five albums of cutting-edge music that was improvised live in the studio.

In 2022, now with new Germany-based drummer Asaf Sirkis (Shawn Crowder moved back to the US), the group recorded another set of breathtakingly performed pieces. The first album of the second incarnation of the band called KOSMONAUTIK PILGRIMAGE is getting released as a CD and download on Leonardo Pavkovic’s MoonJune Records in January 2023.

Markus Reuter tells us about the background and development of the band over the last year and a half:

“In 1996, Bernhard Wöstheinrich and I started working together as centrozoon and over the years we developed our very own style of uncompromising instant composition. There has been the vision to expand centrozoon to include drums and bass for over two decades, and Anchor and Burden is the embodiment of that idea. My choice to include another touch guitarist (rather than „just“ a bass player) was obvious to me, especially since this was going to be the first band to feature two accomplished players of this versatile instrument. Alexander Dowerk was my first call, as my master-student and friend. Shawn Crowder played with us during the initial sessions that produced the first five albums, which we self-released in late 2021 and early 2022.

Asaf Sirkis, with whom I have recorded many albums since 2016, joined us for the 2022 sessions, and we now have the album KOSMONAUTIK PILGRIMAGE, which to me shows the current pinnacle of achievement that this band originally set out to reach. The music is most intense and the listening and collective composition that is happening in the moment is nothing short of miraculous, even to us as the originators. This certainly isn’t easy music to consume at all, but it should satisfy the hunger of those who are in love with exceptional music. I’m glad and honored that Leonardo Pavkovic is supporting the band, and this first physical release of our music is an important event for us.

This is also the first time that the multichannel Touch Guitars® S8 instrument has been used extensively. Alexander is playing it throughout this album. Each string is being recorded and processed separately, which leads to just Alex on his own already sounding like several people playing. We’ve kept the separation of parts intact in the wonderful mix that our friend Stefano Castagna made in his Ritmo&Blu studio in Italy.

Supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, we had the opportunity to capture the whole process of the musical creation on camera, and this footage is going to be made available as promotional material as well as full video performances over the next few months.”


Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars AU8 and S8, Soundscapes
Alexander Paul Dowerk: Touch Guitars S8
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Keyboards and Electronics
Asaf Sirkis: Drums and Percussion

All music written and performed by Anchor and Burden
Recorded by Arno Jordan at Castle Studios, Röhrsdorf, Germany
Mixed by Stefano Castagna at Ritmo&Blu Studio
Mastered by Lee Fletcher

Produced by Markus Reuter and Alexander Paul Dowerk

Artwork by Ruben Pang,
Graphic Design by Alexander Paul Dowerk

© & ℗ 2022 Reuter, Dowerk, Wöstheinrich, Sirkis

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Supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.