Distribution of Manikin CDs
In September 2011 we started in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with our new distributor: DA Music (yes, Deutsche Austrophon, where you can get also CDs from the former Klaus Schulze label IC, SKY Records and Erdenklang).
Our CDs will be still available physically at several mail order shops (see list) and on festivals where we will have a stand.

Coming soon: Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder - Direction Green EP

Fanger & Schönwälder feat. Cosmic Hoffmann – Mopho me babe Remixes
Five remixes and edits of the fine electro track from “Earshot” EP – now available only for download on CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes etc.
Videos on YouTube:
> Mopho Me Babe (Nightloop Mix)
> Mopho Me Babe (Woodland Mix)

Special Focus on Galactic Travels in January: Detlef Keller with
Ways to the Rainbow
Behind the Tears
Harmonic Steps
http://galactictravels.info - http://wdiy.org/programs/galactic-travels

Upcoming CDs:
Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder feat. Raughi Ebert, Thomas Kagermann - A new „Repelen“ CD with recordings from concerts and rehearsals in 2011, 2012 and 2013 comes on 28th February 2014.
In April Fanger & Schönwälder will release the “Analog Overdose 5” CD.
In autumn Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder comes with the new studio album “Green”.
More releases are still in progress.

BK&S Interview
> Interview by Sylvain Mazars (in french)

New releases

The new
Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder DVD „Berlin-Culemborg“ will be released on January 12th, 2013. The DVD includes the recordings of two concerts in Culemborg/Netherlands and Berlin/Germany in 2008 and shows the three musicans deeply rooted in the tradition of the electronic music in style of the “Berlin School”. The track “Do You Remember The King?” is dedictated to the “Godfather of electronic music”, Klaus Schulze.
Bas Broekhuis from the Netherlands is the driving force on electronic drums and all other percussions, Detlef Keller, the several times awarded and multi talented keyboarder keyboard and the creator of special sounds, Mario Schönwälder from Berlin, traveling with this DVD into their own cosmos of electronic music. A recommendable trip for your ears and eyes!

Manikin Records starts in January 2013 with a new product line: the EP-CD. Limited CDs (No CDRs!) with high quality packings in style of the last Manikin releases. The EP-CDs will have an attractiv pricing and offers recordings from concerts, sessions etc. A cardboard slipcase will be offered in the future to collect ten of the limited EP-CDs. They are only available in our webshop and at selected webshops from good friends.
First release is the Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder EP-CD “Eglise de Betzdorf” with two long tracks from the Luxemburg concert. Typical BK&S music: dreamy electronic and always harmonic. Releasedate is January 12th, 2013. Next release will be the Fanger & Schönwälder feat. Klaus “Cosmic” Hoffmann-Hoock EP-CD “Oirschot”, which will be released on April 6th, 2013.
More releases from Rainbow Serpent, Keller & Schönwälder and Filterkaffee are planned.

New DVD: Fanger & Schönwälder - Analog Overdose - The Road Movie (MRCD7097)

Planes, trains and automobiles: Fanger & Schönwälder's Analog Overdose journey continues!
This time the two Berliners are literally on the road again to bring their unique sound to Los Angeles, Liphook, Eindhoven, Frankfurt and Berlin. Their live show is accompanied by the stunning media art of Tina Zimmermann and Thomas Fanger's liquid visuals. Interspersed private video footage and sound bites create this real and authentic „On the Road feeling“. Join the trip as Thomas Fanger & Mario Schönwälder once again celebrate their renowned blend of Berlin School elements and fresh up-to-date sounds. Just sit back, relax and enjoy this 2-hour long road movie. Bon voyage!

Manikin compilation on Bill Fox' "Galactic Travels"
Manikin Records´ double CD "The second decade" will be September Special Focus on Bill Fox´ radio show "Galactic Travels".

Monday May 28th and June 1st, 2nd & 3rd
Living Room Concert: Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder
The European electronic trio of Bas Broekhuis, Detlef Keller and Mario Schönwälder set synthesizers on warp drive in the Echoes living room for an excursion of classic electronic space music. Listen it in your local radio station or online with an one week trail for only $2,99. www.echoes.org/stattime.html

Reviews for Schönwälder & Rothe - Filterkaffee 1.01
http://www.musikreviews.de/reviews/2011/Schoenwaelder--Rothe/Filter-Kaffee-101/ (German)
http://www.gutsofdarkness.com/god/objet.php?objet=14577 (French)
And in English:
Filter-Kaffee 101 saw the light of studios from coffee-houses between Mario Schönwälder and Frank Rothe, a crew member for Broekhuis, Keller and Schönwälder’s concerts, in 2007. Around these coffees, these mates discussed their passion for analog music and, one thing leading to another, this passion got transposed in brief recording sessions scattered over a period of 3 years. In January 2011, the duet listened to their demos and found out that there was enough material to make a good album of EM, Berlin School style. By means of Gerd Wienekamp (Rainbow Serpent), who did the mastering, Schönwälder and Rothe cleared up these recordings to place them in an order where everything will form a long musical suite of around 70 minutes, giving to Filter-Kaffee101 a Berlin School's pure musical effusiveness, where wandering atmospheres embrace minimalist rhythms in a beautiful merger of genres; retro and modern which meet in the crossroads of analogue and digital for the biggest pleasure of Berlin School fans.
"Cup 1" opens Filter-Kaffee 101 with a sinister approach where a slow and sinuous wave of a floating synth spreads its heavy foggy vocalizes. A sequential movement emerges and beats with a frank and crystal clear rhythm. Accompanied of a discreet bass line with sober pulsating notes, the sequences skip and pound insistently a minimalist tempo which zigzags in ambiances of a synth with slightly fluty solos. Subtly some Tablas percussions substitute themselves to the sequential approach, of which chords lose their gloss of limpidity by hiccupping more weakly for disappearing in sinuous synth solos which undulate among chthonian choirs. We are in a Touareg universe, at the crossroads of Broekhuis, Keller and Schönwälder’s Repelen series and Rainbow Serpent music with a more fed rhythm thanks to tribal percussions, faded but effective sequences and more fluid harmonies. "Cup 2" presents an oblong atonal intro where gloomy synth layers, which travel in clusters or in solo, become entangled in an immense morphic immersion filled of caustic reverberating erosions. Against all odds, a frenzied sequential movement rolling as a ghost train pierces this dense membrane calcified of stormy pulsations. Sequences to hybrid tones strike a wall of reverberations, making re-appear choirs which moan beneath the arrhythmic beatings of a mislaid sequential movement and looking for a direction in this tetanised immensity. And "Cup 3" becomes the solution with its disorderly sequences which cavort slowly on a chaotic movement, as complex as enchanting, encircled of long chiselled solos floating in an electronic mist filled of wandering choirs. Poetic and just livened up enough; "Cup 3" transports us on to the paradisiacal borders with this slightly jerky beat which crosses an array of discreet rhythms, above the suave Martenot or Theremin waves, adding a strange spectral approach among ghostly solos which roam on disrupted sequences. This lively rhythm darkens little by little around heavy twisted waves, from which morphic vocalizes merge with sinuous reverberations, bringing us so to "Cup 4" and its melancholic piano notes which fade among heavy pulsated reverberations. In spite of its twisted waves which teem ceaselessly, there is something beautiful that lives in the isolation of "Cup 4" where piano keys resound with strength, among some more delicate, shaping a melody for souls abandoned in the lost territories.
It’s a strange softness which finds comfort in a hesitating sequential movement which makes flee a bit the caustic resonance, building little by little the rhythmic structure of "Cup 5" which hatch out of a syncretic merger to pulse heavily beneath a sky fills with metallic striations. "Cup 5" sits its rhythmic structure on a powerful sequence of which the heavy minimalist strikes widen a long pulsating circle which swirls with a delicious ambiguity, a little as it was tipsy by its constant rotating, under a sky darted by languishing synth layers. Synth which gives up solos for the benefit of an intense and dense mellotron wrap, dropping here and there some shouts of twisted metal. After this rhythmic maelstrom uncompromising, the short "Cup 6" brings us in a universe imprinted of moroseness and strangeness where roar winds of anger and ghostly restraint. As much brief as intense, "Cup 6" is a short journey in the heart of the meditative madness. It’s strange that a track as much lugubrious precedes the jewel of Filter-Kaffee 101 with a superb piano which disentangles very beautiful ritornellos in a heavy electronic mist. A great minimalist unwinding, " Cup 7 " swirls delicately of its notes a little disturbed by insert of a synth which throws its scattered pads among dark and Gothic choirs glittering with beauty and gloom, it is according to, throughout Filter-Kaffee 101 which concludes with the enigmatic "Cup 8" where chords pulse and strum an abstracted movement inside an imperfect circle, drawn by a sinuous wave to eroded twists and turns in spectral lamentations. That’s a strange and very experimental track which is a bit out of the Berlin School frame to embrace the Krautrock style with a conclusion closer to stars that the other 7 cups of coffee sipped throughout Filter-Kaffee 101.
Mario Schönwälder still has several strings to his bow and every new project shows it clearly; the man still has the passion of his music. Although different, Filter-Kaffee 101 is drinking with a good dose of curiosity for the taste of the adventure that gets the discovery of this liquid to aromas strongly diversified, and it is the way of approaching Filter-Kaffee 101. If Schönwälder and Rothe serve us a nice cup with "Cup 1" and wonderful ones in "Cup 3", "Cup 5" and "Cup 7",other cups ask for a bigger listening but they all have very nice aromas that only time will deflower with all the beauty that’s in them, but I have to admit that "Cup 8" can become tepid before seizing all its texture in it. In brief, Mario Schönwälder wouldn't put his name on any product and that’s what we have to retain. Filter-Kaffee 101 is a good album where fans of Mario will be overwhelmed and those who try to penetrate into his universe will certainly find 5 to 7 very nice entrances there. To recommend for the fans of Schönwälder and for those who like the abstract and progressive textures as well as Krautrock style.
Sylvain Lupari, gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com
This release from 2011 offers 66 minutes of dreamy electronic music. Mario Schonwalder and Frank Rothe offer a dreamy dose of electronic compositions whose electronic beauty is unquestionable. The electronics are crisp and smooth. Keyboards establish cycles that are then looped to generate a glistening foundation upon which additional threads can be layered. The complexity of this meshing is skillfully restrained; while displaying an undulant intricacy the pieces maintains a pleasant flow. Surging qualities are combined with flowing texturals to produce a quasi-ambient flair that is then tempered with a touch of activity. Piano plays a prominent role in a few tracks, lending a cerebral touch to the dreamy flow. While rhythms are periodically featured, the beats are soft and immersed in the mix so as not to be obtrusive. Bongos are a keynote model for these tempos. On other occasions, though, the cyclic use of non-impact electronic sounds provides a rhythmic presence. Heavenly chorales are added to lift the songs to a beatific level, bestowing the music with a gentle yet understated grandeur. These compositions start sparse and steadily build into structures of lush stature. This gradual accretion allows the musicians to evolve the melodies in an unhurried manner that effectively enhances the music's trance quality, often achieving pinnacles of relaxed intensity.
Matt Howarth, www.soniccuriosity.com

An Mario Schönwälder interview, with emphasis on the Polish language, English underneath:
A new duo on Manikin Records
Detlef Keller & Gerd Wienekamp with their first track "Forgotten Places". A CD is planned.

New CDs
On 1st October 2011 Keller & Schönwälder release their new CD “Long Distances” (MRCD 7094). Soon you´ll find samples on www.manikin.de. We will have stalls on Electronic Circus festival (1st October 2011 in Gütersloh/Germany) and E-Live festival (15th October 2011 in Oirschot/Netherlands).
In April 2012 we will release the limited 2CD “Manikin Records – The second decade 2002 – 2012” to celebrate our 20th annivesary.
Watch out for more information about other new releases in the near future.

The Spyra CDs “Gasoline 96 Octance”, “Meditation”, “Achtundsechszig24” and Detlef Keller´s “Harmonic Steps” are back in our catalogue and are also available as download (I-Tune, Amazon-MP3, Napster, CDBaby).

Manikin goes digital
From now on our CDs will be also available as download at iTunes, AmazonMP3, Napster, CDBaby etc. We have started with the titles “Blue” from Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder and “Stranger” from Rainbow Serpent & Isgaard. All other titles of our actual programm will follow soon!
Many discontinued titels from Fanger & Kersten, Fanger & Schönwälder, Der Laborant, Rainbow Serpent, Keller & Schönwälder, Bas Broekhuis, Detlef Keller, Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder and my solo projects too will be added soon. Watch out for coming information!

Mario Schönwälder & Frank Rothe have released their first CD(R) "FilterKaffee 1.01" at Syngate.
66 minutes electronic music in style of the "Berlin School".

Interview with Rainbow Serpent
> synthsequences.blogspot.com/2011/01/interview-with-rainbow-serpent.html

A new short BK&S video
There is a new video on Youtube from our rehearsal in December 2010. Enjoy it!

New CDs and a  DVD
Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder feat. Raughi Ebert, Eva & Thomas Kagermann - DVD/CD - In Repelen (MRCD 7093)
After three CDs here are the next episode from the famous Repelen concerts of BK&S!
Packed in a deluxe DigiPak with 16pages booklet.
Release date: 9th October 2010
> Trailer on Youtube

Rainbow Serpent & Isgaard - CD - Stranger (MRCD 7092)
The fantastic new album of the great German EM Duo with the wellknown singing artist Isgaard (Schiller etc.). Packed in a deluxe 6-pages DigiPak with booklet.
Release date: 9th October 2010
> Trailer on Youtube

AD LIBITUM - Detlef Keller's radio show is back!
Every first saturday of the month from 21:04h to 22:00 h. First show is on April 3, 2010.
Tune in: www.radiokw.de/Webradio.85.0.html
Local broadcast in Germany:
Cable / Terrestrial (Antenna)
Alpen: 87,65 / 107,6 - Dinslaken: 87,65 / 107,6 - Hamminkeln: 87,65 / 107,6 - Hünxe: 87,65 / 107,6
Kamp-Lintfort 87,65 / 91,7 - Moers: 87,65 / 91,7 - Neukirchen-Vluyn: 87,65 / 91,7 - Rheinberg: 87,65 / 91,7
Schermbeck: 87,65 / 107,6 - Sonsbeck: --- / 107,6 - Voerde: 87,65 / 107,6 - Wesel: 87,65 / 107,6 - Xanten: 87,65 / 107,6
E-Mail: ad-libitum-kw@t-online.de

Official BK&S Promo-Video now online - produced by AROMADECK (Thomas Fanger)

After more than 15 years and a lot of amazing live recordings Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder will release the first real studio album. In collaboration with Raughi Ebert (guitars) and Thomas Kagermann (violin and voice) and with the Höseler Madrigal Chor as special guests on track 4, we have recorded seven tracks in October 2009 at Detlef´s place:
1.) Storm Chaser, 12:29
2.) Sunset Cafe, 13:23
3.) Sunrise, 11:53
4.) Madrigal, 5:26
5.) Old Kids On The Stick, 6:36
6.) Babylon Road, 13:50
7.) Skinner´s Run, 7:56

Fanger & Schönwälder was the special focus for November 2009 on Bill Fox's radio show "Galactic Travels".
To learn more visit the Galactic Travels page.

With BLUE BK&S dives deep into their world of sound and rhythm.All recordings where made during several concerts in 2007 and 2008.
Each missed concert from BK&S is one missed concert too much. Good, that their trip will be continued….

All CD orders inside Germany and the EU from 1st June forward come without costs for shipment! A CD costs 15,00 Euro, a double-CD 25,00 Euro. This offer is not temporally limited! Orders from oversea and Non-EU countries will have these standard cost for shipment: 1-2 CDs = 3,00 Euro, 3-5 CDs = 8,00 Euro. If you like to order a greater amount of CDs, please ask us for the shipment costs.

The illustrated book "Wenn Musik sichtbar wird - Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder feat Raughi Ebert & Thomas Kagermann Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen" (84 pages with pictures from our concerts in Repelen 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). Price for the book is 27,00 EUR + postage. It is a strictly limited editon of 100 copies only. Please order now under info@manikin.de.

Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder feat. Raughi Ebert & Thomas Kagermann - Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen 2 (MRCD 7088)
Cosmic Hoffmann - Outerspace Gems (MRCD 7089)

Private release with recordings from our US trip 2007. The limited edition CD is only available via our webshop and at festivals/concerts.

Manikin Records now has its MySpace site: www.myspace.com/manikinmario

Fanger & Schönwälder - Analog Overdose 4 (CD/DVD), (MRCD 7082)
Fanger & Schönwälder - Analog Overdose 4+ (CD), lim. edition bonus CD in a small tin (MRCD 7083)
Rainbow Serpent – Live @ Liphook 2007 (CD), MRCD 7084
Spyra – Gasoline 91 Octane (CD), MRCD 7085

Picture Palace music - Symphony for vampires (MRCD 7086). Thorsten Quaeschning & band with the second CD. The music of this CD is inspired by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnaus "Nosferatu - eine Symphonie des Grauens".

W.A.dePHUL - When aliens meet a drop of water (MRCD 7087). The keyboarder Ralf Wadephul with his first powerful solo CD!

Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder have now their own website: www.bks-em.eu

Syngate will re-release Keller & Schönwälder´s CD "Sakrale Töne" at 19th April 2008 (availbale at Burg Satzvey Festival 2008).

Reviews of downloadable music by Manikin artists albums on Musiczeit.

Broekhuis, Keller and Schönwälder are part of the "Awakenings 2006 Volume 2" compilation. The track is prev. unreleased. The double CDR is still available at in electronic music specialized mail-orders (like CUE, Groove, SMD). David Law from SMD about our track: "Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder are represented by a unique twenty-minute track called 'Another Mysterious Concert Tape - Part 1'. To me these guys are some of my favourite Electronic Musicians on the planet. Soft pads are punctuated by ticking percussion. Flutey synth adds to the serene atmosphere. Gradually we are brought to wakefulness as a slow delicate sequence rises to the surface. By the ninth minute a drum line in introduced and the sequence starts to increase in pace as the excitement builds. A wonderful delicate piano melody adds a contrasting softness to proceedings, its juxtapositions with the ever more energetic pulsations being devastating. B,K & S must have been on more Various Artist albums than any other EM musician but I would reckon that this track is better than any of the other tracks they have donated. Absolutely stunning. "

Mario Schönwälder - The Eye of the Chameleon, Syngate CD-R 2050
Remastered by Gerd Wienekamp & Bonustrack "Abstract Roof" (9:05)
Mario Schönwälder- Solotrip, Syngate CD-R 2051
Mario Schönwälder feat. Harald Grosskopf - Hypnotic Beats,
Syngate CD-R 2052, Remastered von Gerd Wienekamp.
The sequence of tracks on this re-release is the original one:
"Spirit of Love" is deleted, "The Garden of SansSouci" is unedited back to full length and "White Tower" is added as first conveived. Drums on "Hypnotic Beats" by Harald Grosskopf.

Mario Schönwälder - Close by my distance, Syngate CD-R 2053
Remastered by Gerd Wienekamp & Bonustracks "Testsequence" (6:13) and "Quiet Earth" (3:53).
Broekhuis, Schönwälder & friends - Spherical Bodies, Syngate CD-R 2054, Remastered by Gerd Wienekamp.
Keller & Schönwälder - Concerts, Syngate CD-R 2082, Remastered by Gerd Wienekamp
Bonustracks: "Satzvey Castle Part One" (20:17) and "Satzvey Castle Part Two" (6:38)
Keller & Schönwälder – Loops & Beats, Syngate CD-R 2112, Remastered by Gerd Wienekamp
Includes the bonus tracks "Bad Sulza Loop" (5:06) and "Extra Beat" (6:38)

The Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder album "Musique de Maschines" and the Keller & Schönwälder album "Live at the Jodrell Bank 2001" (not identical with the recordings from 2000, which was released on "The reason why .... Part One & Part Two") are released for download at synthmusicdirect. Watch out for coming download releases.

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