Konrad Becker aka MONOTON (A)
It's impossible to use just a few sentences to give an in-depth description of the whole cultural and culture-shaping activity which Konrad Becker has for years been involved in. As early as since the 70's of the 20th century, this man of many talents hailing from Austria has been active in the field of electronic media as an interdisciplinary researcher, artist, author, composer, performer, curator, producer and organiser, fulfilling himself wherever the presence and impact of new media can be seen. As far as sound art is concerned, he has been remembered first as the originator of the legendary project Monoton, whose debut album Monotonprodukt07, released in 1982, is considered to be one of the most important records of the 20th century. Balancing on the boundaries of sound art, psychoacoustics and the contemporary dance culture, Becker's project has evolved over years, touching on a whole range of genres and undergoing many aesthetic changes. Monoton is not an ordinary music project – it's more of scientific and sonic exploration of the psychoactive properties of a minimal and monotonous sound with its psychosocial contexts.