SHA Podcast 165 // Klartraum [Live]
As part of our 2011 Christmas showcase we presented a mix and interview from Nadja Lind. Today we are delighted to welcome Nadja back alongside her production partner and label running cohort Helmut Ebritsch as duo Klartraum. Klartraum are reknowned for the exciting live sets and we bring one to your attention today. Be sure to check out their new album Secret Moon as it hits the stores this week!
Klartraum is German for the stage of lucid dream, when you become aware that you are dreaming and are able to manipulate your surroundings.
Driving deep into the subconscious, their music envelopes and surrounds its listeners creating a world in which just like a dream, things are never as they seem. With an aquatic fluidity and warm, wave like pulses, their music gently lulls you into this trance like state, allowing accepted structures to become contorted and morph into something entirely new.
Klartraum happens when Nadja Lind (Lucidflow, Darkroom Dubs, Soma, Vitalik) and Helmut Ebritsch (Hatikvah, Soma, Morris Audio, Baalsaal) come together to explore their musical urges. Both as a studio double duo and burgeoning live act they are bringing an entirely unique edge to their performances and output by taking their flowing techno to a deeper, spiritual level.
Since finding each other in 2006 through a producer website the Berlin based pair have stamped their unique mark on electronic music, finding favour with some of the world’s top DJs. Klartraum’s ‘Slayin’ The Dragon’ remix for legendary H-Foundation appeared on Soma 20th Anniversary alongside Daft Punk and was immediately charted by Silicone Soul’s Best Of 2011!
Out of the studio the duo have taken their sound on the road, performing as Klartraum live at London’s Fabric, the infamous Ukrainian festival Kazantip and Goa’s renowned Shanti club to rave reviews and rapturous response. In the coming months they will also be appearing at dates in Australia and across Europe.
In mid 2011 they unleashed their debut album “Evolution” on their own Lucidflow label as an engrossing recollection of their musical and personal journey so far followed by a remix album where you find formidable artists such as G-Man, Mark Henning, Marek Hemmann, Silicone Soul, Steve Rachmad, Terry Francis and many more.
In the studio they free their subconscious through harnessing the immense wealth of knowledge to found in spiritual teachings. The creative processes start with a Ho’oponopono cleansing and Eft Session then with their equipment Midi-synced their sound is crafted through lightening quick jam sessions. The fluidity of their tracks reflects this process where two minds and bodies let their musical ideas evolve and merge together, constantly refining and pushing their own boundaries during this intuitive process.
Nadja’s intensely chaotic energy is bound by a natural continuity and progression in her work, resulting in tracks that tease and twist, leading the listener blindfolded through lush instrumentals and challenging soundscapes. This is regimented by Helmut’s skills developed through 20 years in the production game. These natural traits are often blurred as the pair grow as individuals with the teachings learnt through the universal language of music.
The two have their own way of creating music, making much of both their spiritual leanings and their hands of approach to ‘jamming’ out tracks live. Whatever it is that drives them it certainly works, for Klartraum are rapidly becoming an act that cannot ignored, making great music and taking it to the world via their passionate live performance
Naming tracks after psychological patterns (Ignorance, Dissociation, Fantasy Bond, Pain Relief), spiritual experiences (All Dimensions, Inner Sky, Beyond Illusion, I Don’t Know) and threading the voices of spiritual teachers and Zen masters through their work, Klartraum seek to bring the compelling wisdom and courage of people like Rudiger and Anette Nehberg, Dr. Steven Wolinsky, Dr. Marc Gafni, Ken Wilber to wider audiences through their art. The duo are truly adding another level of expression to electronic music.