Dr. Nojoke is a producer and performer – his live sets continually bring new and unique sounds to the table, a combination of field-recordings, self-made sounds, and highly conceptual production that redefine the way we understand electronic music.
A Berlin native and leader in directional minimal techno (or “clikno” as he describes it), Dr. Nojoke is a master of rethinking ordinary musicality and procuring new uses for the everyday.
His childhood was imprinted by the squeaking sound of mono-kitchen-radio music. His youth was spent in headphone-trips with electronic and progressive music.
The music lessons in school were a disaster, but the first guitar came as inevitable as Punk!
While doing wild experiments at home with guitar, Casio, echo-machine and tape-recorder he played electric guitar in diverse bands Punk, Beat, Surfrock, Alternative Rock, Power-Pop, Breakbeat, Dub, Polka ...
With the project elektroblitz mitte he realized seven film- and seven theatre-scores plus some trailers combining electronic production with real instruments.
In 2010 he created the music for the dance-performance “what my neck remembers my head will forget” of the Danish dancer Christiane Borch.
Since 2005 Dr.Nojoke has been working on technoid sound-sculptures based on his archive of self-made audio- and field-recordings.
He defines a dubby, groovy, minimal, quirky, hypnotic and complex music, he calls Clikno.
Always with an experimental approach in production Dr.Nojoke relinquishes conventional rave-signals and typical techno sounds and samples [such as the 101, TB303 or 808/909 drum machines].
Instead he prefers to play around with his own fragmented and treated “acoustic” sounds, which he forms to highly technological music.
Dr.Nojoke also attaches great importance to the development of unusual and randomly harmony- and melody-schemes, non-stereotypical sounds and hook-lines, which willingly break up clichés.
He has been releasing on a multitude of labels such as Pheek's imprint Archipel, Klangscheiben, Pluie/Noir, Minim.all, NOOK, Autist, Resopal, Coal, Cavern, Concrete …
... on his own imprint UNOIKI and in 2015 his album FALLING & WALKING on Sleep is Commercial.
He did remixes for acts like Rosenstolz, Dinamoe, Pheek, David Last and D.Diggler as well as for the English Electro-poetress Caro Snatch, Autist Records boss M_Ferri or Sven Laux, Andrew Duke, Andrés Marcos and many more.
Photo: Jana Forkmann
Amidst all this well-considered concept is of course the element of fun and serendipity. The live show may feature instruments such as radio, crushed plastic bottles, jew´s harps, souvenirs and toys as Dr.Nojoke celebrates the joy of finding special sounds in everyday objects not usually appreciated for their musicality.
This is part of the magic and fun of his performances.
Since 2005 he carried out solo-performances in galleries, clubs and festivals notably at ARMA 17 (Moscow), Piknic Electronik (Montreal), Freerotation Festival (Wales), Freqs of Nature (Germany), Waha Festival (Romania), Festival Paysages Electroniques (Lille), Live Performers Meeting (Rome), Netaudio Festival Berlin and London, Universo Parallelo (Brasil), Club Transmediale (Berlin), Boom Festival (Portugal), Save Festival (Moscow), Sol-Fest (Spain), X-Bass Festival (Napels), …
Dr.Nojoke is serious about what he does, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
- CLIKNO - record label www.clikno.bandcamp.com
- UNOIKI - label, collective and network, launched on 01-01-2010 www.unoiki.net
- POOL Berlin – collective and network of DJs, producers, VJs and fans of minimal, deep, glitch techno
- PLO – Pool Laptop Orchestra – open ensemble for live-improvised electronic music for six players
- Paralelo - live-jam project together with J-Lab. The launch gig was at Club Transmediale 2009. Album “Berlin Wall of Sound” out on UNOIKI
- Anomali – solo project of narrative dronescapes around the topic “essence & emptiness”
- Transit Audio - a group of four people - "Erased Bodies" (Italy), "SH-i" (Israel), "Substance G" (Wales) and me - jamming live on four laptops. We met each other at the Ableton Live Users Group meetings in Berlin.
- Collaboration with the danish dancer Christine Borch on her solo performance What my neck remembers my head will forget in 2011.
- HORROR VACUIis an interactive audiovisual dance performance researching on “emptiness”. visuals: vitaminK+ (Tritamin Kollektiv), dance/choreography: Carolin Goedecke, music: Dr.Nojoke.
please contact Thomas Bäz at email@example.com
listen to live-set here
Photo: Magnus Guellenhammar
lyrics, vocals, guitar
Final Curtain (Dark Wave-Punk, 1986)
Weird Scenes (Folk-Psycho-Beat, 1988-1991)
Love Bomb (Garage-Punk-Alternative-Pop, 1989-1990/1993-1995)
The Weirdo Stompers (Surf, 1991-1997)
Jackethive (Brit-Pop, 1995)
Schulze´s Hölle (Trash-Pop, 1995)
Big Jim (Breakbeat-Post-Pop, 1999)
Apparatschik (Polka, 1997-2000)
Guitar, Bass, Groove-Box, FX, Computer, Composition, Production
Turn Marshalls (Surf, 1997/1998)
Astromama (Surf, 1999-2001)
Ivo Lotion & Die Mariachis, the Lokalrunde-band at the hip Kurvenstar, Berlin (HipHop-Reggae-Soul-Pop, 2000-2002)
X.A.Cute Sound System (Illmatic Dub, Breakbeats, Visuals, 2000-2002)
electronics, production, cooperations
elektroblitz mitte (Lo-Fi-Punk-Pop and Hi-Sci-Electro-experiments since 1997)
Dr.Nojoke, Clikno solo-project (since 2005)
PLO - pool laptop orchestra (since 2014)
Paralelo / TRIoon, (audiovisual) live improvisation (since 2009)
Horror Vacui, audiovisual dance performance ( 2009-2012)
Transit Audio, improvisational laptop quartet (since 2009-2012)
Christine Borch - what my head remembers my head will forget, solo dance performance with live electronics (2010)