Mouse on Mars DE
Formed in 1993, Mouse on Mars is recognised as one of Germany’s most defining and versatile electronic music projects. With their anarchic mixture of sound that oscillates between uncontrollable chaos and meticulously arranged structures, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have forged an unpredictable musical language with reinvention being the only constant characteristic of the duo. Free from schools of thought, genre conventions, and from the constraints of the music establishment, they have been mapping their own idiosyncratic trajectory through a no man’s land between pop, art, club music, and the avant-garde.
Their fluid sound aesthetic reflects their general mutability, which is deeply rooted in their restless ingenuity, quirky sense of humour, and fearless non-conformism. Their musical and artistic universe thus emerges only through a holistic consideration of their extended constellation of collaborations, projects, and references. Even then, the full picture is never quite clear.
The duo’s most recent album, 2018’s “Dimensional People” shows them shifting their focus from the dance floor to experimentation, and the craft of discovery and finding new contexts for places, sounds, memories, sensations, ambiences, technologies, relationships, and of course, people. Featuring a large number of guests from Swamp Dogg to Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, the album expresses itself as a dynamic 50-piece orchestra, telling a story in sound.