If you've heard anything by Alphawezen, you've probably asked yourself: "Who is the mastermind behind all of this great stuff?" The answer may surprise you because Alphawezen is actually none other than Aeric (in real-life Ernst Wawra), the underground All-star from Aachen. Ernst has been turning his emotions and thoughts into music since he was 15 and has worked under many different names and with many different projects. Early Ernst efforts display his mastery of syncopation and breakbeats. In 1997 the Drum n' Bass 12" "Kommissa" from the TRIGGER project (Aeric, DJ Coma, and Stevie B) blew up, especially in Hamburg. Things really got rolling for Ernst when he signed as Aeric to Ladomat to present his definition of minimal House music.
His first Ladomat single "Toute Façon" made history with the now famous lo-tech video featuring a headless woman, a refrigerator and lots of looping.Like the latest Alphawezen videos, this early Aeric videoclip was created by Ernst himself, together with his co-composer Markus Ortmanns aka DJ MAO. In addition to his contributions to the "scene", Ernst also works closely with different improv groups and is the composer for the modern dance company "0110move".
The Alphawezen project began as an instrumental / electronic / contemporarty dance outfit and has evolved into a kind of Ambient Electronic Pop with the help of Asu. Her ethereal voice and self-written lyrics lend an organic (orgasmic?) quality to Ernst's instrumental work. And in addition to Asu and MAO, Ernst is supported by many other musicians, playing both electronic and accoustic instruments. Aeric has always worked unconventionally, refusing to stick to one style long enough to fall into a rut. For this reason, his output in the past consisted of many 12" releases, but no album since 2001. The debut album "L' Après-Midi d'un Microphone
" on Mole Listening Pearls
is a mosaic in that it is comprised of many pieces but also forms a coherent whole. Pop and Ambient are no longer enemies on this release, but rather compliment each other. Boundaries are being tested here, and as the album progresses it becomes apparent that these boundaries aren't reality, but merely the influence of the external world. The title is a play on Debussy's "Prelude a l' Apres-Midi d'un Faune" In French "Faune" is pronounced as "phone".
Ernst has the following to say about his music. "Actually I am very critical when it comes to outsiders and even more critical about my own music. Honestly there is very little music which manages to hold my attention or fascinate me for any period of time. What I like about my music is the sensation of "breathing" that the listener can feel in some of my productions. I think the listener is susceptible to space and pauses. Asu understands this and I think that's the reason that we work so well together and that our music so unified. The "breathing" I mean is a contemplative kind of aspiration, like on a warm early Summer day when I can lay down in the grass, close my eyes and forget about myself. I use my music to forget myself and to examine the subtle reflections of reality and appearance."
Originally, the titles "Gai Soleil" and "Electricity Drive", taken from the album "L`Aprés-Midi dún Microphone" are not house-orientated. But Terry Lee Brown Junior
and The Timewriter
make it quit clear with two brilliant remixes: "A good song can change the music style - but it´s still a good song".
More information about the band: Alphawezen artistpage @ Mole Listening Pearls