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At first glance, Driftmachine would seem to be a project without a biography. This notion is further strengthened by Driftmachines
persistence in holding true to the idea that has always accompanied electronic music,
namely leaving the identities and authorship in the background in favour of the
sound. And yet, the artists do have backgrounds and these backgrounds have
informed the building of the project.
Driftmachine are a duo formed in 2013 consisting of two long standing friends whose
musical paths have often met over the course of time.
One half of Driftmachine is Andreas Gerth, originally a formally trained visual artist
who has since replaced his former occupation in favour of sculpting sound. As a
member of the Tied and Tickled Trio he initially charted the waters of electronic dub
with the Notwist Brothers and more lately, at the end of the 1990s, melted jazz and
more diverse influences to the music with the group.
The other half of this duo is Florian Zimmer. Originally grounded in Hardcore Punk
and Noise , Zimmer was later a member of various indie bands such as Lali Puna and
iso68 in the middle of the first decade of the 2000s.
During all this he has been most of all active with Saroos, a trio that can be located
squarely at the point where dub, post-rock, and Krautrock intersect, but who have
also collaborated with artists from US underground hip hop like Odd Nosdam. With
the likes of Nosdam, but also with The Notwist , Lali Puna, Zimmer has been touring
all over the world.
Gerth and Zimmer formed Driftmachine in 2013. The project was never intended to
be just another playground for two diversly working artists to sketch out ideas.
Driftmachine want to give back to electronic music the depth of sound and
unpredictability of modular synthesis. The two factors that they believe to be
increasingly lost in these times of ever more precise and clinical production software.
It would appear that it is precisely the inclusion of these factors that has convinced
the likes of Pitchfork, Groove or Cyclic Defrost to extol the virtues of Driftmachine's
recent album.


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