Five years later, Rother made his techno debut as Notsignal, a collaboration with Matthias Geist, with a couple 12" releases in 1994 on Kanzleramt, an influential electro-techno label co-founded by producer Heiko Laux
. Following a 1996 collaboration with Laux
as Sodiac for a one-off 12" release, Rother made his solo debut with the full-length album Sex with the Machines (1997) on Kanzleramt. He subsequently founded an electro-techno label of his own, Psi49net, and inaugurated the label with a couple 12" releases of cover recordings: Trans Europa Express (1998), a cover of Kraftwerk
's "Trans Europe Express," and Little Computer People (1998), a cover of the soundtrack music from the 1985 video game of the same name produced by Activision for Commodore 64 and other computer platforms of the time.
From 1998-2003, Rother released a bounty of electro-techno on Psi49net; in addition to numerous 12" releases, full-length releases include the solo album Simulationszeitalter (2000), the Little Computer People-billed album Electro Pop (2001), the compilation Anthony Rother Presents Electro Commando, Vol. 1: Welcome to Psicity (2002), the solo album Hacker (2002), and the live album Live Is Life Is Love (2003). A transitional year, 2003 also included Elixir of Life and Magic Diner -- a pair of ambient albums on Fax +49-69/450464, a label founded by Peter Kuhlmann (aka Pete Namlook
) -- as well as Back Home, the inaugural release on Rother's new electro-techno label, Datapunk.
From 2003 onward, Rother released the bulk of his output on Datapunk; in addition to numerous 12" releases, full-length releases include the compilation In Electro We Trust (2004), the solo album Popkiller (2004), the retrospective box set This Is Electro (Works 1997-2005) (2005), the solo album Super Space Model (2006), and the two-volume compilation series We Are Punks (2007). Besides his output on Datapunk, Rother founded the labels Stahl Industries and Telekraft Recordings, on which he released the respective albums Art Is a Technology (2005) and My Name Is Beuys Von Telekraft (2008). ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi