Dr.Nojoke was born in Berlin and stayed there since then. His childhood was imprinted by the squeaking sound of mono-kitchen-radio music. His youth was spent in headphone-trips with electronic and progressive music. The music lessons in school were a disaster, but the first guitar came as inevitable as Punk!
At home he did wild experiments with guitar, Casio, synthesizer, organ, tape-recorder and echo-machine. With bands he tried to express himself in Punk, Garage, Beat, Dark Wave, Alternative, Surf, Polka, Dub, Breakbeat and Indie-Pop. Little by little Dr.Nojoke purchased equipment for building-up a homestudio. Together with the project elektroblitz mitte
he produced seven film- and seven theatre-soundtracks.
He oriented himself towards electronic music/production and was active under the pseudonym Dr.Nojoke for the first time in 1999. Since then he organised and carried out performances in galleries, clubs and festivals such as Freerotation Festival (Wales), Paysage Electronique (Lille), Live Performers Meeting (Rome), Netaudio Festival Berlin and London, … in December 2008/January 2009 he will be touring in Brasil.
Since 2005 Dr.Nojoke has been working on technoid sound-sculptures based on his archive of self-made audio- and field-recordings he collected over the years. He defines a dubby, funky, minimal, quirky, clicky micro-cut-up-music, he calls Clikno.
Always with an experimental approach in production Dr.Nojoke relinquishes the conventional rave-signals and typical Techno sounds [as the TB303 or 808/909 drum machines]. Instead he prefers to play around with his fragmented and treated "acoustic" sounds, which he forms to highly technological digital music. He also attaches great importance to the development of unusual and randomly harmony- and melody-schemes, non-stereotypical sounds and hooklines, which willingly break up clichés.
Amidst all this well-considered concept is of course the element of fun and serendipity. The live show may feature instruments such as radio, crushed plastic bottles and souvenirs as Dr.Nojoke celebrates the joy of finding special sounds in everyday objects not usually appreciated for their musicality. This is part of the magic and fun of his performances.
photo credit: Madlen Maehlis
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