Jan Zimermann, born 1977 in Wolfsburg, started making electronic music during the mid-nineties while experimenting with scrapyard electronic gadgets and the at the time freshly released Doepfer ms404. As one half of the duo Groovekombinat, he played numerous illegeal raves and parties before he moved to Cologne in 1998 where his musical focus shifted towards electro-acoustic music and the development of self-build instruments. After relocating to Berlin in 2000 and some studies at the electro-acoustic studio of the Hans Eisler School, his interest led him towards an unique notion of vinyl-cutting as a musical process itself. He bought his first vinyl cutting machine from a museum in Chicago and set up his studio "Zimbos Labor" in East-Berlin. Since he has produced several projects that revolve arround spontaneous and improvised recording sessions outputting unique self-cut vinyl records. These projects are based on intense short-time collaborations with musicians and artists. Past collaborators include: Françisco Lopez, Philipp Sherburne, Goodiepal, Otto von Schirach, Patrick Catani, Per Bucci and others (club transmediale 2006); Derek Holzer
, Staalplaat Soundsystem, FM3, Thilges3 and others (Garage Festival 2005); Vromb, Erik Minkinnen
Recently, radio has become an important medium for his conceptional works as well. Since 2006, he performed numerous live on air sessions. All radio works follow the same principle: the medium generates its own content in a self-modulating feedback system. In his 2009 radio art project feed forward
, a collaboration with Michael Fischer from Vienna, the two artists performed with live-feedback generation between Berlin and Vienna/Amsterdam using fm-transmission and telephone-lines. Besides, he is performing live electronics as solo performer as well as with several group projects. From 2009 to 2011 he attended the postgraduate program Sound Studies at the UdK Berlin. Also since 2009 he is a founding member of f.a.c.t.s, an organization for the mediation and production of art, together with the Berlin based Austrian media artist and activist Wolfgang Kemptner.
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