Robot Koch returns with Sphere, his first solo album since 2015.
Sphere is out on his own imprint, Trees and Cyborgs.
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.
released October 3, 2018
all songs written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Robot Koch
Guest musicians: Julien Marchal on Piano, Fiora and Delhia de France on Choir, Vocal Textures, Savannah Jo Lack on Violin
Robot Koch is an award winning producer/composer from Berlin, living in Los Angeles. His unique sound of organic electronic
music has been called “Wonderful and Strange – pop music from the future” (John Peel) and has been used on various TV shows and films.
Robot Koch´s music is an intriguing dialogue between technology and nature, futuristic sound design and organic orchestration....more
It's extremely difficult to pick a favourite song here as everything is brilliant. I adore your work more when I'm drinking wine, if that means anything to the denotating of meaning or how one experiences through a medium, such as this. I again, do feel more insistent on becoming more philosophic with your work as it brings up powerful, "god-like"(?) notions of feelings and biological processes.
I intend to fly when l listen to your music.
That baseball bat-beat on 2 LATE is incredible. Daniel Brown