Bersarin Quartett

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Bersarin Quartett is the pseudonym of German musician and composer Thomas Bücker. Operating within the modern classical and ambient music genres, Bücker has gained recognition for his work as Bersarin Quartett, particularly through releases on Denovali.

The music of Bersarin Quartett is characterized by a blend of atmospheric soundscapes, electronic elements, and classical instrumentation, creating a unique and emotive sonic experience. The artist is known for a modest yet highly regarded discography, with a distinct style that has resonated with fans of ambient and experimental music.

The title “Systeme” suggests a perhaps rather distant-cool album, but it is the most personal and concentrated soundtrack so far created by Thomas Bücker from Münster. Microtonal shifts, polyrhythmic structures, tempo fluctuations and sound aesthetics torn out of context create a fragile, unpredictable foundation – as if Talk Talk, Tim Hecker and Skrillex were making music together and challenging our tolerance for ambiguity.

Typical of the Bersarin Quartett: sparks of optimism shimmer through everything. However, sitting back and enjoying doesn’t really want to work – necessarily. Because that makes it exciting without freezing in escapism – fortunately.

FACTS

1.The Great Wall of China is Not Visible from the Moon.

2. The Human Brain Generates about 20 Watts of Electrical Power.

3. Your Ego is not your Amigo

1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?

Movies, Books, Games, Life … — Actually messing around with music software.

2. How and when did you get into making music?

When I was a kid my cousin showed me some early electronic music (Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, … ) — this was an awesome experience and it motivated me to do my first tracks with very limited possibilties and skills.

3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?

Burial — Untrue
Talk Talk — Laughing Stock
The Necks — Sex
Jean-Michel Jarre — Zoolook
Stevie B-Zet — Archaic Modulation

4. What do you associate with Berlin?

It’s a melting pot of inspirational creativity — I love it very much as a part time observer.

5. What’s your favourite place in your town?

My room.

6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?

Trying to invent it (and possibly failing).

7. What was the last record/music you bought or listen?

KMRU, Abul Mogard — Drawing Water
The Longing (Mix) — Warmth
Rosales — Against the Sky
rRoxymore — Perpetual Now
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross — The Killer (Original Score)

8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?

I really love the music of a lot of artists. It would be very interesting to see collaborations between totally different styles e.g. Bersarin Quartett meets Autechre, The Notwist, Arlo Parks … or how about Taylor Swift?! — But at the end maybe a collaboration with Jean-Michel Jarre would be very nice! :D

9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?

I guess the best gig as a performer was ironically a concert during the lockdown period in 2020 with my 3 befriended musicians David Krützkamp (Git.), Jens Zernott (Bass) and Sebastian Everding (Drums). We did a livestream-concert at “GLEIS 22” (our favorite hometown club). We enjoyed it so much to give a concert during these hard times … even if there was no live-audience at the club.

As a spectator I was thrilled everytime by concerts of Tim Hecker and Bohren & The Club Of Gore — they have their very own signature sounds. And it was always a great experience for me.

10. How important is technology to your creative process?

Technology is crucial for my creative process making music — best case including a very good soundsystem at the end of the chain (to guarantee a good listening experience).

11. Please tell us a bit about your new album.

“Systeme” is maybe the most personal album I’ve made. It was a battle to finish it and a great creative experience — with all the ups and downs over the last 4 years. Finally I want to invite you to enjoy the ride with less detailed information as possible. You will find perhaps well-known soundscapes and some strange surprises after all.

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