At once uplifting and otherworldly, the music of Ulrich Schnauss combines multi-layered synthesizers with beats and ethereal vocals, serving as an aural escape route from the trappings of reality. As Schnauss explains, “I’ve always used making and listening to music as a way to escape – putting on headphones is a great way to leave reality behind for a while, reminding yourself why it still makes sense to carry on.”

Today, his work expresses a renewed interest in more direct electronic sounds, and aims to substitute traditional verse-chorus-verse structures for more freeform atmospherics. Schnauss is also a talented remixer who has produced re-workings for the likes of Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Todd Terje, Bryan Ferry and Matryoshka.

The live show is a live collaboration with Nat Urazmetova, a London-based visual artist who integrates the cross-disciplinary approach and lens media in her work. Nat is a University of the Arts BA Photography and Goldsmiths MA Digital Media graduate.

Ulrich Schnauss Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch Ulrich perform at Norwich Sound & Vision Festival below:

Plus support from ROCKY STEPS

One half of maximalist cosmic voyagers Free School, Rocky Steps helped to create two stellar albums, Tender Administration (Tirk) & Dancing on the Dark (Static Caravan) before removing the sheep mask to reveal himself (not like that!).

Rocky Steps is quickly establishing himself as a go-to remixer, remixing Editors’ ‘Ocean of Night’ and ‘Future Gold’ by Victories At Sea. Taking Nils Frahm, Bradford Cox and Vincent Gallo as inspiration, Rocky Steps’ production work touches on improv, easy listening and scarred pop. His remix work aims to match the grandeur and epic meditations of Four Tet and Nicolas Jaar.

Free School earned the support of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq & Gideon Coe in addition to supporting Editors, Andrew Weatherall, Walls, C Duncan and slots at Supersonic Festival and The Garden Festival (Croatia).

Rocky Steps Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Illegal Formation’ below: