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Schneider TM has been operating since the mid 90s and released some albums on City Slang / Mute and Editions Mego including singles like ‘Reality Check’, ‘Frogtoise’ or a cover version of a song by The Smiths called ‘The Light 3000’, a collaboration with Kptmichigan that was highly acclaimed by the alternative media (like John Peel, The Wire etc.), which have made him been credited as one of the main innovators of a music genre called Indietronic.
Since 1997 Schneider TM performed a couple of hundreds live concerts around the globe including renowned international festivals like CTM (Berlin), Sonar (Barcelona, Rome, Tokyo), Mutek (Montreal, Mexico City), Pukkelpop (Hasselt), Roskilde-Festival (DK), Hultsfred Festival (Hultsfred), Frieze Art Fair (London), Phonem Fes- tival (Istanbul), Les Siestes Électroniques (Toulouse), Melt Festival (Gräfenhainichen), Midi Festival (Hyé- res), Motomix Festival (Sao Paolo), Todaysart Festival (Den Haag) and more.
Next to composing music for films, radio plays and theater, Dirk has been active with noise & drone outfits like (die) Angel (w/ Ilpo Väisänen of Pan sonic & guests like Hildur Gudnadottir, Oren Ambarchi, BJ Nilsen or Lucio Capece) with releases on Editions Mego, Karl Records or Edition Telemark.
For a while now, Dirk has also been moving Schneider TM in the direction of instantly composed freeform music, employing varying equipment like processed guitar & sound objects as well as field recordings and collaborating with artists like Jochen Arbeit (of Einstürzende Neubauten), Damo Suzuki (ex-Can), Werner 'Zappi' Diermaier (faust), John Duncan, Reinhold Friedl, Günter Schickert, video artists like Lillevan and Takehito Koganezawa or Japanese dancer Tomoko Nakasato. This rather abstract & soundscape-y approach resulted in a series of album releases like 'Ereignishorizont' (Karlrecords, 2023), ‘Construction Sounds’, ‘Guitar Sounds’ or ‘Con-Struct’, a posthumous collaboration with Conrad Schnitzler on Bureau B.