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Release: Ptolemaic Model

Performed September 26, 2019 by Christina Ruf and Bernhard Wöstheinrich in Berlin

When ancient astronomers viewed the sky, they saw the Sun, Moon, and stars moving overhead in a regular fashion. The ancients worked from a geocentric perspective for the simple reason that the Earth was where they stood and observed the sky, and it is the sky which appears to move while the ground seems steadfast underfoot.

Initialized and guided by Erik Emil Eskildsen, Christina and Bernhard met in Berlin for an extensive recording session.

Out of their both very lavish musical universes, they cautiously approached each other, concluding in a massive and powerful dialogue.

In their respective ways of creating music, both are circling around their own center, but the gravitational forces between them left them orbiting around a common centerpoint in the space between their worlds.

The interplay of the phenomena of the world can be overwhelming and unsettling. What an effort to try to explain the universe if starting from the premise that oneself is the epicenter!


Christina Ruf: 6-string electric cello, acoustic cello samples, effects
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Synthesizer, Keyboards, Sequencer

Produced, mixed and mastered by Erik Emil Eskildsen

Artwork by Bernhard Wöstheinrich

Release: Kollar & Wöstheinrich – Cosmopol

released November 6, 2020 | In April 2019, David Kollar (Steven Wilson, Pat Mastelotto, Fennesz, Marco Minnemann) came to Berlin for studio sessions and a club gig. He expressed strong musical attraction to the city, “with its lavish history, musical community and typical sound of electronic music.” His experience in experimental and progressive rock merged with the intuitive musical fabric of Bernhard Wöstheinrich.

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Release: Subsonic Experience – Leftovers

released June 04, 2020 | These as-of-yet unreleased tracks tracks culled from the original sessions for the release “Präposition”. They are finally made available to the public, skillfully mastered by Markus Reuter.

The members of Subsonic Experience are traditionalists. Not so much in their thinking, but in their history. Bernhard Wöstheinrich (born in 1968) and Thorsten Niestrath (born in 1967) met in Arts School in Bielefeld, Germany, a city with a reputation in improvised experimental music and design.

Being design students, the two worked together on a number of art projects which included film, performance art, painting and last but not least, the band Subsonic Experience (from autumn 1990 till summer 1993). Artistically influenced by Zen Buddhism, the teachings of Don Juan, Gerhard Richter, Peter Michael Hamel and the likes of Klaus Schulze and early Tangerine Dream, Subsonic Experience played several festivals including two legendary support shows for the band “Embryo”.

The band reformed for a weekend recording session at Bernhard´s studio in the German countryside just after Christmas 2000. The result was a rough snapshot of intuitive improvisation at work. The music was all played live, between cigarette breaks and with coffee stained equipment (mostly cheap synths and abandoned floor effects pedals). Most notably there is Thorsten’s amazing synth organ work. His wonderful lead lines and colorful organ clusters can be found on all tracks of the album. Bernhard’s duties on the other hand levitated toward keeping the sequencers running, generating endless variations of tones and textures in real time.

Recorded with very basic means, but mixed and mastered using state-of-the-art technology, this music is the perfect amalgamation of musicianship with a traditionalists feel for early EM, and modern production techniques.

These recordings were used in large parts for the release “Präposition“, released May 1, 2003 on Ian Boddy’s DiN Records .

These as-of-yet unreleased tracks tracks culled from the original sessions are finally made available to the public, skillfully mastered by Markus Reuter.


Thorsten Niestrath:
Synth Organ with Overdrive, Delay and Wah-Wah

Bernhard Wöstheinrich:
Mono- and Polyphonic Synthesizers, Sequencers

All tracks composed and played by Thorsten Niestrath & Bernhard Wöstheinrich

Mastered by Markus Reuter

Artwork by Thorsten Niestrath