Black To Comm is the solo project of German sound artist Marc Richter. Through his output both as an artist and through his eclectic Dekorder label, Richter has established himself as a singular voice of new music. Operating at the fringes of drone and ambient genres, his music is darkly magical and deeply atmospheric, underpinned by a signature surrealism.
A relentless sonic explorer, Richter approaches the studio as his instrument, using sampling, analogue production and digital manipulation to offer an almost infinite choice of tones and textures. Audio fragments are liberated from their original context and sculpted into surprising new shapes, creating work that transcends time or genre. Seven Horses For Seven Kings sees Richter reaching out again into the limitless field of sound, summoning forth his darkest and most visceral work to date.
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1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
These days: Anger (I will calm down do not worry) (and White Toblerone).
2. How and when did you get into making music?
early 00 when computers started to become more powerful/affordable.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Public Image Ltd. – The Flowers of Romance
Nurse With Wound – Spiral Insana
Nico – The End…
Nuno Canavarro – Plux Quba
Workshop – Yog Sothoth
Melvins – Stag
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
I think of Berlin before the wall came down – it was quite a dark place.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
The forest (Schwarze Berge/Black Mountains), as in every place I go to.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Music does not exist anyway.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Iancu Dumitrescu – Pierres Sacrées
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
The Monks on TV.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Important but I think I reached a point where I could do without it.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have – not much interest in what I do.
Black To Comm’s latest album “Seven Horses For Seven Kings” came out on 25th January 2019 via Thrill Jockey and is available here.
Photo © Pelle Buys