25 July 2003
From October 7 until October 27 unicycleman will be touring
in Southern and Eastern Africa. They will play in such countries
as Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia and South Africa. In Nov.and
Dec. they will play some shows in the German speaking parts
of Europe. Dates and places how to get there ->
At the moment the band is preparing their new show for the
stage. This time unicycleman are extending their line-up
to include a real drummer, so you can see 4 musicians on
stage now: Peter Bauer, Bert Röhner, Franz Schwarznau
and Peter Jakubik.
14 April 2003
The documentation about the tour in 2002 is ready now. More
than 70 photos and a half hour long movie will give you an
impression of November 2002. ->
20 March 2003
In the gallery ”Dogenhaus” in Leipzig there will
be an exhibition of works by unicycleman executed between
1992 and 2002. The exhibition goes from March 26 to april
| The art of a unicycleman is balance
UNICYCLEMAN are moving in the system of pop.
In the balance between irony and identification they are
developing that system in their own ways and with a personal
style: quotation, sample, homage. They got the hit-chorus
and they got the soundtrack with a lot of little details.
What they are celebrating is a clever entertainment-groove,
intellect and glamour.
The great variety of their music is continued in multilingual
lyrics. They use “tourism-English” as a special
form of art, playing with naive sounding German; you can
hear vocal samples flowing with
the beat. Absurd lyrics arise from the play with words, stars
and styles. Original stories and a very experimental way
of creating and producing music: That’s unicycleman.
UNICYCLEMAN are perfectionists. Proof of that are the 2 EP’s ”national
tracks” and “international tracks”, the
singles “Riesa” and “Java” and, last
but not least, their CD-Release “Guter Name, sowieso” (A
good name, anyhow),WSFA 2001. From excerpts of their music
to the silent films “Aelita”(J.Protasanow 1924)
and “Mumie Ma”(E:Lubitsch 1918) they have produced
an instrumental album due to be released in 2003.
The live shows are complemented by slide shows, realised
by P. Bauer and B. Röhner; the “Society for picture
and sound”. The slides illustrate the songs or raise
the idea to another level.
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| We like to keep things in balance
Who or what is unicycleman?
Peter: In the beginning it was just a comic figure that I created
for a t-shirt-print. But than we recognized that this strange
figure fits very well into our musical concept. Since that
time, the unicycleman has been our permanent companion.
Bert: Once upon a time I asked a guy from England, what unicycleman
really means. He said: ”A man, who drives with just one
wheel, but in your case I think a man who’s just off
Is the unicycleman a symbol?
Bert: Yeah, he stands for something absurd, curious, something
for which you can’t really find a definition.
On stage you add slideshows to your music. What exists first,
the pictures or the music?
Peter: We have ideas, which we put into pictures and music.
That means, at first we have a theme and then we work it out
in those two directions.
Bert: For example homosexuality…
I think, we keep that in balance now…
Peter For the visual
level we have two methods: either we illustrate the song,
picture by picture, as a comic-story
or we focus
all our attention on a special fragment. Here is an example:
for the song ”Brenne” (Burn) we use a logo like
a sport-label. So we don’t illustrate the meaning of
the song. When playing live we very often get people saying
that their body wants to move, but their head wants to see
the pictures. I think, we can play with that very pointedly.
Some people put you in the category electro-pop; can you deal
Bert: Categories are for people who think in categories.
Peter: We work a lot with electronic
instruments, but sometimes we sound more accoustic than some
rock bands. Electro-pop?
No. We prefer the word pop, because it’s a lot more open.
The different atmospheres and sounds are described much better
by the word pop.
Pop-structures are always combined with
experimental elements in your music…
Peter: Breaks are important, because
they wake you up. It’s
a lot more interesting to work in that way.
Bert: In the process of creating
we listen to the pieces very often. So we have different ways
of approaching our music.
For example, in “Rüdiger”, a song about a
homosexual relationship, we use a Debussy-Sample after the
verse. That’s a well known cliché about gay-people.
They like to hear very opulent music. Playing with expectations
is an important part of our way of working.
You have written music for film and the theatre, how did that
Bert: After one year of working
as unicycleman, we were asked to write music for the movie ”Frau im Mond” (Woman
in the moon). We created soundtracks instead of the traditional
silent movie music, which is always based on the piano. We’ve
also used some parts of that in our live shows. For all the
film and theatre music that we do we always have fixed themes.
So we don’t have to think about the visual part, we just
work within a fixed framework.
Peter: We are film-freaks. You can
hear the influence of that in songs like ”Fassbinder”.
Soundtracks and songs are not two different things for us,
they are rather two facets
You can find a lot of quotations and heroes from the history
of pop in unicycleman songs. How do you decide what to transfer
from the universe of pop to the universe of unicycleman?
Bert: Our own history is very important.
There are some songs we listened to in the 80ies that we rediscover
now and use
their influence for our own songs. If you listen to pieces
like ”Never gonna give you up”, ”Riesa” or ”Lemmy” you
can find quotations of Astley, Springsteen or Motorhead. I
think one of our next projects could be a cover album.
Peter: In the mid-80ies we listened
to a lot of synthie-pop, that’s definitely a big influence. In the beginning we
played very ironically with styles and clichés. Now
the homogenity in the work of unicycleman as a whole is more
important to us.
From an interview with Peter Krutsch, September 2002
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1997 national tracks , international tracks
& remixes, Java
2001 arabian aerobic, Guter Name , sowieso
1996 “Bildbeschreibung“ Heiner Müller, Inselbühne
Leipzig, produced by Knut Geisler
1998 “Herr der Häuser“, Schauspielhaus Leipzig,
produced by Walter Politz
1998 “Morgen danach“, Theaterschafft Dresden, produced
by Jan Jochymski
2001 “Gestern“, Theaterschafft Dresden, produced
by Jan Jochymski
Music for silent movies
1993 Frau im Mond Fritz Lang (1929)
1995 Aelita Jakow Protasanow (1924)
1999 Die Augen der Mumie Ma Ernst Lubitsch (1918)
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