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Software/Mergener & Weisser on Bandcamp
« on: March 10, 2017, 01:24:33 AM »
Software/ Mergener and Weisser are now on Bandcamp, all their releases are now available as downloads and some on vinyl.
Good to see these available again as a lot of their CD releases are very hard to find, or are priced at at silly figures at Discogs.
http://software.100percentelectronica.com/music

Also a nice article here
https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/03/09/software-band-interview/
http://soundcloud.com/phobos-2
http://phobos.bandcamp.com/
http://phobosdrones.wixsite.com/phobos
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Re: Software/Mergener & Weisser on Bandcamp
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 06:33:12 AM »
The article was interesting. Not a fan of the vaporwave scene at all really, but if they are helping to bring back old music I can support that. What's everyone's take on this group? I'm no expert on Berlin School electronica...I'm guessing the earlier releases would probably appeal to me the most.

FWIW I listened to a few tracks off Digital Dance and some of them were decent to quite good while others sounded very dated IMHO due to heavy use of what sounds like digital synth presets and out of place saxophone. Possibly two steps away from department store muzak I heard everywhere as a kid during the 80s. Not trying to trash this group or anything, just my initial impressions.

I'd be curious to hear opinions from people that know their catalog well...

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Re: Software/Mergener & Weisser on Bandcamp
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 08:44:19 AM »
Digital Dance to me is probably one of their worst albums, I remember getting it when it first came out and being disappointed. Their earlier albums are their best IMHO. My personal favourites are Beam Scape and Night Light.
I wouldn't have classed them as Vapourware, I tended to think they were sort of modern Berlin School, at that time, using digital instruments to provide teutonic soundscapes. For me they went off the boil after Syn Code.
And yes the saxophone is bloody terrible!
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http://soundcloud.com/phobos-2
http://phobos.bandcamp.com/
http://phobosdrones.wixsite.com/phobos
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Re: Software/Mergener & Weisser on Bandcamp
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2017, 09:35:20 AM »
Digital Dance to me is probably one of their worst albums, I remember getting it when it first came out and being disappointed. Their earlier albums are their best IMHO. My personal favourites are Beam Scape and Night Light.
I wouldn't have classed them as Vapourware, I tended to think they were sort of modern Berlin School, at that time, using digital instruments to provide teutonic soundscapes. For me they went off the boil after Syn Code.
And yes the saxophone is bloody terrible!

Thanks for your comments. I will look into those albums you mentioned. I noticed last night that they are all on Tidal as well. RE: the saxophone, I can't stand when it's used in certain types of music or used in certain ways. I guess that comes from being a fan of classic jazz.

Re: Vaporwave, I was speaking more the label and scene that is reviving interest in the group and reissuing them. Not necessarily the group Software, which obviously existed decades before "vaporwave" was even a thing...

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Re: Software/Mergener & Weisser on Bandcamp
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 01:34:44 PM »
I have 'Electronic Universe 1' and 'Fragrance'

I like both for very different reasons - the electronic universe is very spacey and fragrance manages to sound like the music perfumeries would have made....