Frank Bretschneider is a Berlin-based composer known for rhythmic-sine-funk experiments. A veteran of Germany’s electronic music scene, his involvement dates back to pre-unification days with the experimental pop group AG.Geige. He later co-founded Rastermusic, which evolved into Raster-Noton.
A veteran of Germany's electronic music scene, Bretschneider's involvement dates back to pre-unification days with the experimental pop group AG.Geige. Born in Obercrinitz where he grew up listening to pirate radio and smuggled Beastie Boys tapes, he studied fine art and worked as a graphic designer. In 1984, inspired by science fiction radio plays and films, he began experimenting with tape machines, synthesizers, and modified guitars, and established a cassette label.
Two years later, Bretschneider co-founded AG.Geige (German: work group violin), a successful East German underground band influenced by Dada, The Residents, and Soviet science fiction. In 1995, Bretschneider and fellow AG.Geige member Olaf Bender (a.k.a. Byetone) founded the Rastermusic record label, which merged with Carsten Nicolai's noton – archiv für ton und nicht ton in 1999 to become Raster-Noton. Since then, Bretschneider's work has been released on various labels, including 12k, Mille Plateaux, Fällt, and Bip Hop, and appeared on well-known compilations such as Mille Plateaux's clicks & cuts. However, it was his 2003 album Gold – Raster-Noton's most blatantly pop album to date — that brought Bretschneider international acclaim. Rhythm, released a few years later, in 2007, was a percussive-funk masterpiece that received great reviews and marked an upswing of interest in rhythmic minimal aesthetics generally and Raster-Noton in particular. His most recent solo album, Super.Trigger, was released in 2013.
Bretschneider has recently reprised his Komet moniker, and released live recordings made on a vintage Subharchord — an electronic instrument developed during the 1960s at the RFZ, Berlin's Radio and Television Research Centre (Line 2012). He has also collaborated with a wide range of artists, notably with Olaf Bender and Carsten Nicolai as Signal, a live performance project.