There was a time when one needed a few grooves pressed on vinyl, a TB 303 and a TR 808. And a small provincial town like Rosenheim was suddenly on the same map as Detroit, Manchester and all the other cities in the world that generate interesting electronic sounds. Because it was hard to understand this wondrous phenomenon, let alone explain it to others, one simply thought the Rosenheim natives were "the German Autechre." Björk, the Wu-Tang Clan and all the advanced electronic acts knew better: Funkstörung are unique.
The Y2K bug was just starting to hit in the nineties when Michael Fakesch and Chris de Luca, who in 1996 started drawing attention to themselves with diverse small releases on Bunker & Acid Planet, their own label Musik Aus Strom, as well as on Compost, saw themselves forced to add another computer to the whole collection of devices they already had for the 303. Björk had namely asked Funkstörung to remix one of her tracks. They had less than a week to get used to the operating system and software they needed to correctly underlie the vocals on Björk’s track "All Is Full Of Love" (1998) with "funky but distorted" beats. Björk really liked it and immediately asked for a second Funkstörung remix.
A whole series of further remixes for the most prominent and innovative electronic acts ensued: Funkstörung remixed the Wu-Tang Clan and Jean-Michel Jarre. In addition to their own groundbreaking productions, remixes became Funkstörung’s second pillar – and in principle sounded like their own tracks: Michael Fakesch and Chris de Lucas’ signature is unmistakable. A year later they already had enough material for a remix compilation that was released as "Additional Productions." This was followed in 2001 by "Vice Versa," the surprisingly poppy sequel.
That was preceded by "Appetite For Disctruction" (2000), the first artist album by Funkstörung on which the complete development of their own style of broken beats, melodious sound and futurist hi-tech hip hop could be heard. Tours through Europe, the USA and Japan followed. The second stroke came in 2004 with "Disconnected" (and with the unique book-DVD project "Isolated – Funkstörung Triple Media" so did the third one). Last but not least, Funkstörung reflected on their acid roots with last year’s double vinyl "The Return To The Acid Planet".
Now it’s time to take stock and look back on one of the most interesting careers in electronic music. For "Appendix," their third and final remix compilation, they once again went through old archives, looking for rare remixes that were in part only released as B-sides. They reconstructed tracks, searched for missing master tapes and went through computer files. Funkstörung struck it lucky in the yearbooks of their own history between 1998 and 2005, which is when they remixed artists including Towa Tei, Barry Adamson, Lamb, Nils Petter Molvaer, the Raveonettes and, as already mentioned, Björk.
After last year’s celebrated tenth Funkstörung anniversary, "Appendix" is their final statement. Chris de Luca and Michael Fakesch decided to disband Funkstörung and will in future dedicate themselves to their solo projects.
So, "Appendix" looks simultaneously back and ahead. Paradox? Perhaps. But Michael Fakesch and Chris de Luca’s creations have always been characterized by a good panoramic view – and Funkstörung exist beyond time and space.