Hi, my name is Sebastian Meissner. I live in Berlin.
Since the mid 90s I have been using computer software to create sound and compose music. I work with computer sounds, samples, recordings of classic instruments and field-recordings. Since 2010 I have shifted my focus to write and produce radio features.
My audio works were released by labels such as Mille Plateaux, Kompakt and Anticipate Recordings. I have also a bunch of works scattered over other labels such us Cronica, Raster Noton, Sub Rosa, Shansui and many more. For my releases I have used many aliases and project names. A few are: Klimek, Random Inc, Bizz Circuits and Autopoieses.
I have performed - alone or with collaborators - on five continents at many fine venues and festivals such as Transmediale, CTM, Schirn Kunsthalle, Sonar, Steirischer Herbst, Mutek, Sonic Acts, EME, Unsound, Dissonanze, Lincoln Center in New York and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
I have contributed sound works for several stage plays, performance pieces, films and created installations and participative art projects for ORF Musikprotokoll, RAI Cinema, ARTE, Theater Koblenz, Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow and Al-Bald Theater in Amman.
For the last couple of years I have been writing, directing and producing radio features and dramas for German public broadcasters such as Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur and WDR3. You will find some of my radio productions in the podcast-section of this page.
In September 2015 I have launched GOULDEN, a singe vinyl copy release platform with 11 kLIMEK albums which are illustrated with hand-drawn artwork by Emily Hochman.
I studied Sociology, American Culture Studies and Social Pedagogy at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and I am interested in the theory of identity, sociology of religions, urban research, music history and art criticism.
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And this is what other people wrote about my work:
"Superbe travail musical."
"Meissner leistet wichtige Pionierarbeit."
"Mittelstreifen-Meditation: eine Platte, für die der Begriff großes Kino geschaffen wurde."
TITEL MAGAZIN, Germany
"Schönheit ist immer ein Argument und hat rein gar nichts mit Weltflucht oder mangelnder Bewusstheit zu tun. Die Musik von Sebastian Meissner beweist das immer wieder. Brutal traurig klingende Musik mit besonderes ausgeprägter Ästhetik."
"With myriad of sounds that evoke different atmospheres, temporalities, and cultural trajectories."
THE WIRE, UK
"Meissner gelingt es die disparaten Klänge zu einer facetten-reichen Einheit zusammenzufügen."
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE, Germany
"Ein äußerst spannendes und gelungenes Soundexperiment."
FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU, Germany
DIEDRICH DIEDERICHSEN, Spex
"Resemble sunlight sweeping across a flooded forest floor."
"Meissners work has cemented him as one of the most interesting post-Eno composers."
FORCED EXPOSURE, USA
"Meissner is a widescreen operator and a real heart-stopper. So called 'ambient albums' rarely reach the grandeur or expertise of his expansive productions. Magnificent."
"Exciting work, absolutely full of life and energy, a beautiful piece of work. Meissner has done a remarkable job."
RESIDENT ADVISOR, USA
"Like light traveling through ice. Put this album on repeat and have sweet dreams."
OTHER MUSIC, USA
"An acute sense of spatial composition and narrative structure the work and draw the listener into a captivating aural tale. As innovative as it is adventurous."
"Unglaublich catchy, sehr greifbar. Der lang erhoffte Lichtblick kurz vor Jahresende. Meissner ist eben einfach eine Welt für sich."
"Mille Plateaux’nun küllerinden dogmasini beklerken, bu umutsuz bekleyisin sancisini dindiren bir isim Klimek."
TIME OUT ISTANBUL, Turkey
"Carefully constructed, evocative compositions that show a striking sense of beauty. Clear points of reference would be Angelo Badalamenti’s groundbreaking atmospheric scores for the film works of David Lynch."
CTM Festival, Germany
"Meissner is one of those artists that reinvents himself every few years. Really gorgeous."
TRIBE MAGAZINE, Canada
"Meissner's ability is to transform otherwise mundane or divergent sounds into cohesive works of art and create a new context through which we can understand them. And is an excellent example of what makes electronic music so interesting."
STYLUS MAGAZINE, USA
"High-minded project. Poetic revelations of space that are confounding, terrifying, beautiful."
DUSTED MAGAZINE, USA
"Intelligent and timely work."
"Moving, challenging, and reflective work, a must-have."
Stephen Fruitman, Umea University, Sweden
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