Mouse on Mars
MUSIC / SOUND
A rare US performance by Mouse on Mars, one of the most influential and innovative duos in German electronic music. For the past 21 years, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have been making electronic music that defies genre labels and classification, mixing IDM with krautrock, disco, pop, ambient, and avant-garde styles. Their music has been reinterpreted by orchestras and remixed by DJs, performed in concert halls and shown in museums. Characteristically, their recent 21 Again anniversary record featured collaborators as diverse as Tortoise, Prefuse 73, Modeselektor, Junior Boys, and members of Stereolab, the Boredoms, and Battles. Fusing theory, sound research, and deep, sensual experience, the duo has forged an identity around process and agility rather than any set sound profile.
Born on the same day in the same hospital, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma are childhood friends who released their debut record as Mouse on Mars in 1994. Fusing techno and ambient music, the duo became iconic within German Intelligent Dance Music before touring with Stereolab through the ’90s and releasing records on labels such as Thrill Jockey, Ipecac, Domino, and Monkeytown. St. Werner’s other projects include Microstoria, Von Südenfed, Lithops, Neuter River, Noisemashinetapes, and collaborations with artist Rosa Barba. In 2014, Toma produced Africa Express’s Terry Riley’s in C Mali, featuring Damon Albarn and Brian Eno.