Konrad Becker

Also known as Monotone

Profile of the performer Monoton: Monoton was founded in 1979 by hypermedia wizard Konrad Becker as an art project that underwent various transformations and collaborations in its exploration of psycho-active sound programming and its psychosocial contextualizing. Based on the blank staff lines of an empty sheet of music, the distinct cover design of early records made it into a various exhibitions. In 1998 The Wire magazine singled out Monoton’s record "Monotonprodukt07" from 1982 among the 100 most important records of the 20th century.

Since the late 70's, early 1980's, Monoton and the affiliated project "Institut für wissenschaftliche Sensation" (Institute for Scientific Sensations) have been working on meta-mathematical structures, natural constants and resonance patterns in models of "bionic" psycho-active automat music. Research setups, installations and experiments range from electro-acoustic representations of square roots, powers and periods of n, to explorations of Pi, Fibonacci sequences, Magic Squares and others. Specific audio-software was developed to create psycho-acoustic effects based on frequency following responses and later included audio and VR systems triggered through brain-machine interfaces.

Beyond the available tracks, Monoton was largely performance and installation based, with conceptual environments, site specific events, multi-channel video and multimedia, productions. Over the years a range of various artists joined in the performances and projects.

Starting in 1981 Monoton also conceived music as the soundtrack for more than a dozen video productions of various lengths, like "Monotonprodukt 05", "Mission Monoton", "Trivial TV" and others. Collaboration with Dutch producer Daniel Leeflang started with the remix of a track from "Monotonprodukt 02" for the media production "Synsation". A series of joint live performances for raves and also for dedicated hypermedia productions from 1992 to 1994 resulted in several dance oriented releases.

A pioneer in experimental electronic music, Becker continued to break new ground in electronic media. In 1994 he co-founded the Institute for New Culture Technologies/ t0, and became Director of Public Netbase, a legendary center for digital communication culture. An initiator of World-Information.Org, a cultural intelligence provider, he continues to be active as artist, researcher, writer, interdisciplinary event designer, organizer and producer. Recent conceptual ventures include the Global-Security-Alliance.Com project.

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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download release in mp3? Official release date Label of release
1 Synsation 2 mp3, CD 1992 Transtronik
2 Monoton - !NOW! !NOW! 4 mp3, CD 1993 Division By Zero
3 Monoton - Monotonprodukt 07 20y ++ Monotonprodukt 07 20y ++ 16 mp3, CD 2003-01-00 Oral
4 Monoton - Tronic Subrise Tronic Subrise 3 mp3, CD 1992 Transtronik
5 Monoton - Mantron NR.5 Mantron NR.5 3 mp3, CD 1991 Sky Disk
6 Monoton - Monotonprodukt 02 Monotonprodukt 02 8 mp3, CD 1980 Monoton
7 Monoton - Blau - Monotonprodukt  02  26y++ Blau - Monotonprodukt 02 26y++ 11 mp3, CD 2006
8 Monotonprodukt 07 16 mp3, CD 1982 Monoton
9 Monotonprodukt MCMLXXXIX 10 mp3, CD 1989 Monoton
10 Monoton - Eight Lost Tracks Eight Lost Tracks 10 mp3, CD 2009
11 Monoton - Monotonprodukt 07 27y ++ Monotonprodukt 07 27y ++ 16 mp3, CD 2009-09-01
12 Monoton - Monotonprodukt MCMLXXXIX 20y++ Monotonprodukt MCMLXXXIX 20y++ 11 mp3, CD 2009-09-01
13 Monoton - Live At The Time Based Bar Vienna ' 92 Live At The Time Based Bar Vienna ' 92 2 mp3, CD 1993 Not On Label
14 Neujahrskonferenz 8081 2 mp3, CD 1981 Monoton
15 Realtime 15 mp3, CD 2011-09-13 Klanggalerie
16 Monotonprodukt 07 30Y++ 16 mp3, CD 2012
17 Monotonprodukt 07 30Y++ 16 mp3, CD 2012
18 Monotonprodukt 07 30Y++ 16 mp3, CD 2012
19 Monotonprodukt 07 30Y++ 16 mp3, CD 2012
20 Monotonprodukt MCMLXXXIX 10 mp3, CD 1988 Monoton
21 Monoton - Monotonprodukt 07 Monotonprodukt 07 16 mp3, CD 1982 Monoton
22 Monoton - Monotonprodukt 07 Monotonprodukt 07 16 mp3, CD 2014 Desire Records (4)
23 !NOW! 4 mp3, CD 1993 Division By Zero
24 Mantron Nr.5 3 mp3, CD 1991 Sky Disk
25 Monotonprodukt 02 8 mp3, CD 2014-09-29 Desire Records (4)
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