NN15: Brain Ego/The Ego has Landed


Brain Ego, the artist whose real name shall not be revealed here, was born in 1962 in a small town just next to Frankfurt, Germany., called Bad Orb. He is one of those figures who managed to remain completely invisible over the decades, due to the fact that he never considered himself to be a recording artist at all. A very wise and somewhat innocent move to bypass all scenes and hype that have swamped electronic music in Germany since the early 90s. "The Ego has Landed" is an album that had been lost for almost a decade, as the only master tapes had been in the possession of the later Peter Kuhlmann. Only now, have the twists and turns of history made this music unexpectedly reappear. The original masters were restored carefully and the completely unaltered recordings shall be presented herewith, as they restore and complete the narrative of electronic music of the Frankfurt Era
The artist had agreed upon releasing a limited edition vinyl run on NN. And to my surprise, the entire edition had sold out by the time those copies had arrived. This announcement therefore seems to be a mere formality, pleasing only Brian's ego as to see his hibernating masterpiece finally made public.

The artist was so kind to shed some light on the "whens" and "hows", answering a couple of questions:

NN: When and where were those recordings made?

BE: I recorded them somewhere between 1997-2001 in my studio in Bad Orb
What you hear now on "The Ego has Landed" is composed out of a long series of recordings I had done for myself, without any intention for releasing them.

NN: Can you tell us more about the recordings? Maybe some technical information?

BE: I had a small studio in my apartment which had come about as I was collecting synthesizers over the years. I would often play around with them, but mainly just for fun. My love for electronic music started back in the early 90s, yet it was mainly my fascination for synthesizers themselves which captivated my imagination. I think this might have been the point were Peter and I connected.
We had met at an auction in Berlin where a rare Yamaha CS80 had been sold. I had gotten the synth, though Peter had been very keen on it and we were both bidding head to head with each other. Peter was a gentlemen and he congratulated me after the auction and we started to talk. By that time in my life I had collected quite a many synths. A lot of them, very rare ones. The music on those recordings was made with way too many machines for me to list here, but the CS80 was used amongst a lot of ARP and the classic Roland gear of course.

NN: What happened to those recordings then, what's their story?

BE: Peter and I had quite regular conversations throughout all those years, right up until his sudden death. I was very, very reluctant to send Peter any of my music, since it was not made "for public", but just for myself. Peter was very insistent, so I sent him a bunch of DAT tapes with heaps of music on it. Most of it was "finished" material. Finished in the sense that I could not re-record or remix any of that. All my music was recorded in one take and straight onto DAT. Because I sent Peter so much material it took him quite a while to actually listen to all of it. I hadn't expected that he would like any of it, to be honest, so I was very surprised that he did seem to like it. For many months we kept talking about certain tracks and Peter then made a collection of his favourites. He told me that he would like to release them on his label, which of course totally shocked me. Honestly, my first reaction to his proposal was negative. I'm not a musician, you know, not like Peter was. Also, I do have a normal day job and the world of "music business" seemed kind of unnecessary and a little too serious to me. Then, around 2003, I developed a serious health issue which interrupted most of my activities, and unfortunately the conversations with Peter as well, lasting i guess until around 2005-2006 or so. It took a while to get back into sync with Peter then, as he had also moved to another place and seemed quite busy with farming.

NN: And then Peter died.

BE: Exactly. It was a real shock for me, as for so many, I think. Unfortunately, and on top of all of this: I had given Peter the original master tapes and didn't have copies myself. I told you...I'm not a professional. Basically all that music was lost. It was somewhere at Peter's estate and nobody could tell me anything about anything for many years. I had assumed that the music was lost, until I then got a message from Peter's daughter who then sent me the DAT tapes back.

NN: What about your pseudonym and all that?

BE: Peter thought it was very funny, we both had a great laugh about it.

Atom™: 0.9


Our favourite trans human objects, AtomTM and X1N are back. This time presenting the 4 track EP "0.9". It contains both, the opening and closing tracks of the "<3" album and their corresponding mutations. "0.9 (Almost a Unit)" was remixed by "Esplendor Geométrico" while "Almost a Unit (0.9)" got reworked by Peter van Hoesen. "Both renditions contribute amplified iterations of inherent attributes of <3" as X1N eloquently states. On a side note it may be mentioned that in mathematics the expression "0.999.." is considered being identical to 1. Meditating over that very fact may tell you a lot about our current reality.


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AtomTM_Audio_Archive Complete!

After 8 long years of work I am happy to announce the release of the Complete AtomTM_Audio_Archive, consisting of  the sum total of Atom™ output, fully and completely remastered. This archive contains approximately 1500 titles and over 150 albums made up of the material to which I alone held the legal rights or agreements to release. Most of my collaborative works remain untouched and are available through legacy sources and are included in this package as information only, for archival purposes.

It should be said that first 10 years of my audio work received little or no mastering and so listening to material from different years used to be quite a disjointed experience, thus, the idea was to bring all the material closer together, in terms of audio quality and whilst it is clear to me that many earlier productions were recorded in less than ideal conditions with lower than the usual production standards, that fact is now a feature which adds flavour to the listening experience.

You could consider the archive to be a journey or an investigation. You may not like it all, nor is it necessary to do so, (I don't!). Every single step is part of a bigger picture. Find your place in it. The fact that the archive may appear to be a little difficult to penetrate is no accident. As Lawson Brant just recently wrote "... [The AtomTM_Audio_Archive] feels and looks somewhat like the monolith in (Stanley Kubrick's) 2001..."

Some of you may question why the original album artwork was not used for the Archive.. This is due to the fact that the archive is a new and distinct work and thus somewhat removed from the original.

Please note that due to the file size limit on Bandcamp, some of the albums which consist of one large file can only be obtained via AAA.

I would like to thank everybody who helped and supported me during the process of bringing this online: all the friends, collaborators, fans, followers and listeners!

To celebrate this release I am offering a 40% discount on on the regular purchase price until the 23rd of October.
(Enter the code name "monolith" on Bandcamp)

Atom™ & Tobias./Live Volumes 1-8

Available via AAA:

Live Volumes 1&2
Live Volume 3
Live Volumes 4&5
Live Volume 6
Live Volume 7
Live Volume 8

and Bandcamp:

Live Volumes 1&2
Live Volume 3
Live Volumes 4&5
Live Volume 6
Live Volume 7
Live Volume 8

G01p Video

G01p taken from the album <3.
Video by DJ Fracaso, Santiago de Chile.


0.9 (Almost a Unit)
Aleph Null - Pure Data - Number Stations

Notakto - U+0023 - IChing

AC Boy/DC Girl
J.C. Maxwell - Eletricittŕ Sessuale - G01p

Tech Talk
User Manual - Nyquist/Shannon -

Cellular Automaton - John von Neumann - KISS Principle

L.A. Riots - Memetics - Eschaton

RAF - White Torture - AC Boy/DC Girl

Time 2 Kill
MG 42 - 愛の渇き - Do your Number

Almost a Unit (0.9)
Aleph One - Nyble - Ultrafinitism



<3 is a collection of material in the genre of "Hard Code Pop"//
It was produced by AtomTM interacting with X1N, an entity for generating human voice and natural language content//

<3 is an alphanumeric pre-echo, arisen from a 2019 number dream//
Cutting through the haze of meaning//

<3 is music made by machines, with machines, for machines//
Reality as useful fiction//
Read 0.999… as the Mantra of Death, the ongoing chain of cycles, going down one by one.


1. 0.9 (Almost a Unit)
2. #
3. Tech Talk
4. AC Boy/DC Girl
5. Simplicity
6. R3V
7. G01p
8. Time 2 Kill
9. Almost a Unit (0.9)

Coming on CD and Vinyl.
For now, digital only (96 kHz/32 Bit) available here:

Raster-Media Bandcamp
Raster-Media Shop


Atom™ & Jacek Sienkiewicz - Stal

Out now on NN, Recognition and MoreMusicAgency

Recorded in 2019, Atom TM's and Jacek Siekiewicz's album "Stal" (polish translation for "steel") is now being released as a joint venture between More Music Agency, Recognition and NN.
The meticulously produced physical release of "Stal" came out last month on double vinyl. It is now being completed by its digital release, both, on Jacek's "Recognition" and AtomTM's "NN" imprint. The parallel Bandcamp issues will be followed by the full digital release on all standard download- and streaming platforms.





Atom™: Future Flashbacks

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