DescriptionModerat’s formation began back in 2002 when Sascha Ring (aka Apparat) and
Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary (aka Modeselektor) recorded an EP for the
record label BPitch Control. The making of this release was incredibly exhausting for
the three of them, and at the last minute they renamed the EP "Auf Kosten der
Gesundheit" (which translates to "At The Cost Of Health"). When it came time to begin
working on an album, Moderat suddenly broke up.
A short time later both Modeselektor and Apparat simultaneously worked on their own
full-length albums -- Modeselektor’s debut, Hello Mom!, and Apparat’s collaboration
with Ellen Allien, Orchestra of Bubbles. Each went on to become successful releases
and were followed by two career-defining albums for the individual acts. Additionally,
since their debut releases, both acts have performed over 1,000 shows at nearly every
point of the globe.
Modeselektor’s sophomore album in 2007, Happy Birthday!, set a milestone in
German music history including musicians such as Puppetmastaz, Maximo Park and
Thom Yorke. Amongst a slew of remixes for the likes of Thom Yorke and Björk,
Modeslektor also went on to tour with Radiohead across Japan in 2008.
Apparat, on the other hand, moved forward with his album Walls in 2007, taking a
musical path that was more band-oriented and kept him on tour for several years
It was a twist of fate that brought about Modeselektor and Apparat’s reunion in the
spring of 2008. Szary and Bronsert, both proud fathers, were on their way to the
"Stadtbad Mitte" (Berlin-Mitte City Pool) with their children for their regular Monday
swimming lessons when they ran into Ring, a devout bachelor who happened to be
accompanied by several dubious females. After a battering of verbal abuse, the three
gentlemen quickly made peace and decided to get back to work on their collaborative
album post haste. Thus, Moderat was reformed.
In recording Moderat’s self-titled album, the three men began by renting studio space
at the legendary Berlin Hansa Studios (where Bowie recorded Heroes) in order to
record the album in analog with the help of the studio’s vintage tube technology and
an old EMI console from 1972, restored especially for Moderat. American software
designer, Joshua Kit Clayton, was hired to program a superb reverb algorithm specifically
for the recording process of this album. This exquisite sound design is one of the
reasons why the promotional copies can be listened to only in mono. Finished copies
will, of course, be in full stereo.
Additionally, during the first phases of recording the Moderat album, Szary and Bronsert
bought an EMT Model 140 Plate Reverb on an Internet auction and had to travel to
Los Angeles to pick it up. While there, they met the Californian rapper Busdriver and
the groundwork for "BeatsWaySick" was laid. Moderat continued to work on this with
Busdriver from their respective continents. Unfortunately due to legal issues at the
time of manufacturing, this track will be released as an exclusive download in the
Seeed found himself in Moderat’s studio room while on a quest to find a bottle opener.
There on the spot, the three gents of Moderat finally waved good-bye to the concept
of a mere instrumental album and said hello to vocal recordings and the song "Sick
With It". Coincidentally, they found older vocal recordings of Paul St. Hilaire that
had been recorded by Szary and Bronsert way back on low-noise 1/4" analog tape.
Those recordings are what led to "Slow Match". All this encouraged Szary and Bronsert
to convince Ring it was time for him to contribute vocals, which can be heard on
"Rusty Nails" and "Out Of Sight".
The self-titled album Moderat will also be available as a Deluxe Version, including a
DVD produced by the Berlin based artist collective Pfadfinderei. The DVD will feature
music videos and more exclusive content. Pfadfinderei will also contribute visuals to
all Moderat live shows.