Oswald Berthold (Austria-Germany) - powerbook (Mego)
Gert Brantner (Austria-Germany) - powerbook (Mego)
Zbigniew Karkowski Solo (everywhere) - powerbook (NoiseAsia)
dj ed benndorf (dense/berlin)
Gerd Brantner and Oswald Berthold are two of the three musicians forming the band "Farmers Manual". All in their early twenties, they are the youngest group on the mego label. As is true of all mego members, they use only PowerBooks and other notebook computers in performance.
Zbigniew Karkowski is a Polish-Swedish composer/musician presently living and working in Tokyo, Japan. He has worked professionaly in the areas of written contemporary music, industrial music, pop music and experimental performance for the last 15 years. Karkowski has presented his work in more then 30 countries on nearly all continents. He is conviced that it is a responsibility of an artist in present time to travel and move and work around the World in order to learn and understand different cultures and traditions and discover truth about us and our planet. He is not interested in traditional definition of what is music, in his opinion all theory and systems of music as a cultural concepts have to be destroyed. So in his latest work his main concern is on realizing drama with sound electronic and acoustic walls with scores based on architectures of ruins.
Karkowski released more then 80 cd's on labels like
Mego, Metamkine, Ash/Touch, Staalplaat, Tochnit
Aleph, Generator, Tigerbeat, etc.
He works with experimental music since 20 years - mainly
solo work but also several collaborations with Merzbow
(as Mazk we released 3 cd's), Peter Rehberg (Pop
unit), Francisco Lopez, Hafler trio, John Duncan, Blixa Bargeld, Aube, Tetsuo Furudate, CM von Hausswolff etc.