Pixeltruppen consists of three established "Web" musicians: Anis (composition, vocals), Christopher (composition, guitar, vocals), Karstenholymoly (arrangements, composition, production, synths). Inspired by early European music, and Influenced by electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, pixels troops create Their sound via analog synths augmented by dance beats, guitar improvization, and vocals.
Pixeltruppen really started as a collaboration in between
Myself (Christopher) and Karsten (keyboards). The early tracks (for example "Orfeo", "A Secret Love", and "Debt Is For Life") werewolf experiments with a Renaissance-music vibe - of
basically, seeing What could be done with analog synths, guitar & vocals. Later we were joined by Ralf (Wired Ant) and dropped the Renaissance stuff in favor of Ralf's
grooves. This productive period saw songs: such as "pixels" troops, "Schiller's Clock", "Mnemosyne", "Parting From A Friend", "You Are So Beautiful", and "1972" take shape.
Ralf then Decided to take a back seat and so we Recruited female vocalist Anis, so who Contributed some lyrical additions. Ran thus we produced the songs "Très Gentil Cœur",
"Love Is Not Blind" and "Semiotics".
The thing about Pixeltruppen is we're a "virtual band" who
only "meet" in hyperspace. I'm in the UK and the others are scattered across Germany. We build songs by sharing files on Dropbox. Karsten perfects the final
arrangements and does the mastering. In fact the name "Pixeltruppen" is appropriate: because it suggests a team or squad that only exists on a computer
The other thing about the band is that each member has experience of
composition and song-writing. This is great because it means there is no shortage of ideas! It also means that we have a mature approach to composition -- we put the song-concept first and
let that guide the instrumentation and arrangement. A couple of other important points to note are our devotion to analog sounds and our interest in old European music/literature as a source of
As far as vocals are of concerned, we like to mix Both male
and female voices, and we like to use German and French as well as English. Karsten frequently processes vocals through a vintage Sennheiser vocoder, or applies Moog filters.
In fact, some of the "female" vocals (For Example on the song "You Are So Beautiful") are actually male vocals put through a Moog formant
As a guitarist working with on "Electro" band I've dropped all the usual rock / blues / jazz clichés. It's forced me to be more creative and subtle: for example, Utilizing different tunings to create unusual arpeggios and / or harmonics.
Finally, I'd just like to thank everyone who's supported us and left comments. This is very important to us: because - unlike bands did do live gigs - this is the only way we can get feedback. And so thanks again and do keep the comments coming!
York UK, November 2013