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  • August, 31 2018

    Announcing New Album and Live Show For Planetariums


    Robot Koch returns with Sphere, his first solo album since 2015`s Hypermoment on Moderat´s Monkeytown Label.
    Sphere will be released on his own imprint, Trees and Cyborgs, in October 2018.
    The sonic world Koch creates on Sphere is cinematic, dark, visceral and melodic, taking the listener on a trip deep
    into inner/outer space.
    In contrast to his previous albums, Koch did not collaborate with vocalists, deciding instead to create a mainly
    instrumental record, with the exception of Numb and All In Your Mind which both feature Robot Koch`s own voice.
    The album was written and recorded in Koch`s Echo Park Studio in LA over the course of a year, making use of his
    analog synths, guitarpedals, and a regular fix of matcha tea.
    Sphere is also the soundtrack to Robot Koch`s ambitious new live show, which he has been developing in cooperation
    with the Zeiss Planetarium in Berlin. Together with visual artist Mickael Le Goff, he created a show for an immersive
    full dome experience with surround sound.
    The live show will contain custom made dome projection visuals and music written and produced for a
    3D / AV environment.
    Almost a year in the making, the visuals and music will take the audience on an excursion into the universe, visiting
    places that could be both the veins of an organism or the inside of a spaceship.
    Like the album, the live show oscillates between the dark synth driven science-fiction moments of song like Lyra One
    and the beautifully melodic and haunted soundscapes which Koch crafted on songs like Movement III.
    „It was a new experience for me to mix the album not only for 2D speakers this time, but to create a 3rd order ambisonic
    surround mix for the show as well, so i had to mix the album twice“ Koch says.
    The visuals, created in 8K resolution were equally challenging, with a single minute of visual content rendering for
    more than a week.
    The result is an immersive experience that will premiere at the Zeiss Planetarium in Berlin for the Red Bull Music
    Academy Festival in October 2018, kicking off a tour in 2019 performing the show in planetariums worldwide as well
    as at music festivals capable of full dome shows.
    The theme for the live show and the album is the exploration of inner and outer space, the balance between nature
    and technology, and the quest for the unknown which is ultimately a search for oneself.




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