Genetic druGs - Audiopharmaceutical Travel Agent - Berlin/Germany.
explorer - sound & vision dealer - sound archivist - culture broker - dance floor mechanist
After more than 25 years of expeditions around the globe I look back on cultural experiences, musical collaborations and a bunch of releases. What started as an audiophile travel diary in 1992 with my CD "Karma Club" has developed into a production of more than 500 hours of DJ-Sets and Radio shows.
I love to pick up pictures, music, voices, instruments and atmospheres at their point of emergence: in streets, shops, temples, fields and private living rooms. This passionate sound gathering allows me to create cut-up soundscapes with my field recordings from West Africa, India, China, Japan, Hawaii, Brazil and Mexico. For 18 years I offered an electronic and tribal cocktail to fans and listeners in my radio show "Cyberjam". Check out my mixcloud channel in the ON AIR segment with 161 hours of energizing Dub, Dubstep, Mashups, Breakbeats, Afrobeats, Cumbia Digital, Kuduro, House, Mashups and Rare Grooves as well as soothing Trip Hop.
The material for my global excursions is not limited to sound but extends to moving images with three video installations: "Karma Club" (1994) with pictures and films from my 4000 km journey through India and Nepal, "Vodoun Benin meets Genetic druGs"(1996), a musical documentary from Benin, the cradle of Voodoo, "The Afro Pharma Experience"(2004), a documentary on healing rituals in West Africa.
A live music show "Bollywood Spacecake" (1999-2004) heaved even the humblest homes with its singing and dancing indian film stars. "Contagious" (2007) and "South Indian Paraphernalia" (2008) will pick you up for a tribal excursion to some more cultural melting pots of this planet.
2017 SEA OF JOY
Once again audiopharmaceutical travel agent Genetic druGs headed out for musical expeditions in India and Egypt.
He met the indian singer Chinmoy Adak from Kolkata, who focused his lifetime on the exploration of West Bengal folk tradition. Chinmoy sang a Baul "Bamboo Song" and poetry from the Bengal philosopher Rabindranath Tagore "Ebar Tor Mora Gangé".
What started with Genetic druGs first indian trip in 1992 and the album KARMA CLUB in 1994 continues with two more chapters "Karma Club Part 8 & Part 9" with devotional recordings from a puja for the Goddess Sakthi, performed by Chandra Palani and Parameshwari in a local Hindu temple in the South Indian village Mamallapuram near Chennai.
Mohamed Mounir the egyptian pop singer and Genetic druGs friend from Cairo delivered musical poetry from Salah Jahin, "Edaya (Hands in my pockets)".
The story of the album is framed by two South Indian devotional songs, "Ananda Sagara (Sea Of Joy)" feat. Parameshwari and Kamala Murugasan, dedicated to Lord Krishna and "Namaste Sharada Devi feat. Parameshwari, Kamala Murugasan and Chandra Palani", dedicated to the Goddess of art Sarasvati.
2018 Echoes of Berlin's Cold War (An anthology of tracks created between 1981 - 1989)
My first recording tools: a TEAC 144 Portastudio (4 track cassette), a Korg Mono-Poly Synthesizer, a Dr Rhythm drum machine and a Panasonic DR48 short wave receiver. My first apartment in Berlin was very close to the Tempelhof airport, with the result that the airport radar caused short noise spots to appear on all my recordings. My first demo production entitled 'Some Tracks Before' came out as a self-manufactured cassette in 1981 and opened the doors for me to Berlin's underground music scene. With my short wave receiver I captured plenty of sounds and voices from radio stations all over the world. I was fascinated by the Soviet/American programme of Radio Moscow, East Germany's Radio Berlin International (the voice of the German Democratic Republik) and the special frequencies where the East German secret service Stasi broadcast secret number codes for their spies in various languages. These recordings became a foundation for my tape archive, serving as a source of inspiration for my electronic music as well as a documentation of obscure voices of the Cold War time in West Berlin. Later when Fostex released their first 8-track reel to reel homerecording machine, I upgraded my equipment and bought a 38cm/sec mastering machine. My archive swelled with ever-more obscure recordings and became a personal political documentation of the 'Glasnost' time, the breakdown of the Soviet Union and the wall in Berlin as well as revolutions in Poland and Romania. I used these recordings in my productions, 'Eligio's Hallucinogenetic Plans', 'Genetic Plans', 'The Mysterious Phenomenon of Human Languages' and 'Worldradio'.
In 1986 I was honoured by the Senate of Berlin as a Berlin Rock Award winner. With the exception of the title track this anthology is a collection of personal favourite tracks which I created between 1981 and 1989. If you'd like to hear more stuff I can recommend searching for illegal uploads of all my original demo tapes in poor quality on the internet. The title track is a new production from 2018 including the most significant highlight samples of Berlin's Cold War from my archive.
2018 Worldradio (short wave radio surfing 1984 - 1999 - original soundtrack)
Before the internet, short wave radio was the only way to catch up with sounds from all around the world. In the early 80s, I began listening to the short wave with unbounded curiosity, tuning into global radio stations, recording random jingles and station IDs and discovering unfathomable voices. My favourite radio device was a Panasonic DR48, made functional by an areal which covered the entire floor of my living room in West Berlin. I was fascinated by the Soviet American programmes of Radio Moscow, by East Germany's Radio Berlin International, Radio Cairo, Citizens Band Radio and the stacatto chatter of pilots, as well as by the far away sounds of stations like Radio Beijing, Radio Mogadishu Somalia or Radio Australia. These recordings became a foundation for my tape archive, serving as a source of inspiration for my electronic music production and as a personal documentation of political developments such as glasnost, the breakdown of the Soviet Union, and peaceful revolutions in the German Democratic Republic and Romania.
Along with three synchronized video tapes, Worldradio was presented as a multimedia event, including live performances with my band, in Berlin (e.g. Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 1991), Frankfurt, Magdeburg, Rostock, Wroclaw in Poland and festivals in Spain, France and Belgium.
The first production of Worldradio was a self-manufactured limited release on cassette in 1990. This anthology is a personal collection of my favourite tracks, created between 1984 and 1999. Take a deep (and sometimes hallucinatory) dive into the world of short wave radio, which provided the soundtrack to political developments and radical changes which have left their mark upon the modern world.
Have a wonderful trip!