My social media feed often plays host to a Karl Fraunhofer video, featuring the producer and DJ tinkering with a new synth and/or drum machine or working on a new track, and it always jumps out at me from the screen. More than often it sits at the extremities of Techno, as that uncompromising machine sound, exported from Berlin with a hint of an icy arctic Techno atmosphere. So it comes somewhat as a surprise that for his edition of the Jæger mix he’s left the 909 kicks at the door and assumed his eponymous DJ alias for an unlikely mix exploring the electronic fringes of House and Disco. He refers to the music as “Satandiscohouse”, and as you expect from the hardware-obsessive, there’s a hefty machine aesthetic to this mix with the sound sitting somewhere between the rhythms of Giorgio Moroder and the evocative electronic atmospheres Vangelis, but retaining a sense of high-energy that come with those Fraunhofer videos.
Tracks border on the dimension of an eighties-inspired synth sound from the likes of Alcalin Blue before getting whisked up in a female vocal to a Joey Negro Disco track. Needless to say it brought up a some questions so we’ve taken this opportunity to install a new feature for the Jæger mix, and Fraunhofer opted for guinea pig in a a new Q&A section for the Æmix. Eight universal question intended to probe the DJ and the ideas behind their Æmix, have brought up a few surprises, no less the sound of Fraunhofer’s mix.
Give us an introduction.
Karl is my name and Dortmund is my game.