When Ellen Allien was asked by two choreographers/dancers to compose a soundtrack for their dance performance "Drama per Musica," she had already been toying with the idea of writing a musical arrangement for a few years. Under the direction of Alexandre Roccoli and Sevérine Rième, the performance took place on March 7th 2011 as part of the Spectacles Vivants Festival at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. A year later, Ellen decided to revive and rework the piece - some passages remaining the same, while others have been extended to give birth to a new musical composition.
The result, LISm, is a very personal and emotive piece of music, a soundtrack that conjures up otherworldly realms in the heart, mind and soul of the listener. During this 44:58 minute soundtrack, the curtain rises and falls on a variety of soundscapes, songs and tracks – a musical journey through Ellen Allien’s world rather than a concept album. The piece fluidly changes while simultaneously uniting various sonic styles, reflecting the ethos of Ellen Allien's DJ sets.
Ellen Allien’s LISm is out March 12th on BPitch Control Records.
Wherever you find Ellen Allien, you find movement. Hailing from Berlin, one of the planet’s most dynamic party scenes, her artistic home stands for one thing above all: freedom, in every aspect. DJ, musician, label manager and businesswoman, fashion designer and creative all-rounder – Ellen Allien has carved out her own space in all these roles, creating a unique universe.
Since 1999 she has managed the label BPitch Control in Berlin, as well as the fashion line, ellen allien fashion. As a DJ she rocks underground clubs around the world, graces major festivals, and even appears at temples of modern art such as the aforementiond Centre Pompidou in Paris. She is constantly exploring new aural worlds, most recently on her albums Dust (2010) and Sool (2008) or in collaboration with Apparat in 2006 on Orchestra Of Bubbles. Most importantly she shares her enthusiasm with others: her label family at BPitch Control, her fellow musicians and of course her audience.
For a long time now, Ellen Allien has been regarded as a fixed star in the electronic music galaxy. She is an extraordinary creature, a one-of-a-kind artist without whom Berlin’s vibrant techno landscape wouldn’t be the same. Fortunately, someone thought of a suitably extraterrestrial name for her right at the start of her career: Allien. No name will ever suit her better.
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