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Mouse On Mars

Berlin, Germany


Monkeytown Records, Sonig, sonig (revolver)
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Mouse On Mars formed in 1993 when Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner (of Köln and Düsseldorf, respectively) met at a health food store.

Mouse On Mars’ sound links them to the club-music scene, as do their many remixes and collaborations with members of the dance and experimental music world.

Numerous remixes…worked on remixes for the High Llamas, Cibo Matto, Pram, Anne Clark, the Pastels, Towa Tei, Oval, Ratatat, Against Me, The Presets and others.

Mouse on Mars formed in 1992 when Andi Toma (Dusseldorf) and Jan St. Werner (Cologne) met at a speed metal festival.

Mouse on Mars provides positive proof that it is possible to write and perform sophisticated music as part of a theoretical framework.

That definition of Varcharz has nothing to do with the album title

that trivia section should be deleted. someone is just being a big nerd. check the Ipecac records site. they pretty much explain what the title ‘Varcharz’ is all about.

After a concert, I feel like I’ve been on a cure. It’s a super-efficient, high-speed cure that is like a psychoanalysis session and a beauty farm and some adrenaline shock therapy.

They made music for an ill-fated Tony Danza film

Their association with the formalized and utilitarian world of dance music is ironic, as the band’s raison d’etre is to place electronic flies in any aural ointment they choose to muck through.

Remixes are rare…doku / fiction: Mouse On Mars reviewed and remixed as non-remix remixes

The group’s somewhat challenging complexity and steadfast refusal to pander make widespread popularity unlikely.

Their sound seems to have taken a large veer away from the stylistics of their last two efforts on their newest album Varcharz which has a firmly experimental electronic foundation. The term Varchar is a technical term describing a data type in the database language, SQL. The abbreviation means “variable character (field)”.

Mouse on Mars started their own label, Sonig, on which they release their own work and that of other artists. Sonig is an independent music label for experimental, electronic and non genre specific music. the artist roster is international and features bands, solo artists and art related music projects.