NETZWERK DER ZUKUNFT

by Anthony Rother

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"This album set me free."
(Anthony Rother on Netzwerk der Zukunft)

Cold. Precise. Uncompromising. If you feel that the current musical landscape is lacking these qualities, then Netzwerk der Zukunft will make you sit up and take notice. Because, in the past four years since his last album, Anthony Rother has been doing a lot of thinking. About himself, the world he lives in and, of course, his music. A journey into his soul, which eventually ends at his roots, his earliest inspiration: Elektro. Now, with Netzwerk der Zukunft, Anthony Rother is redefining the Elektro sound of his generation once again.

"The excitement that I can feel in myself and my music right now... Honestly, I haven't had this much energy and optimism since Hacker, or maybe even Simulationszeitalter," says Rother, surrounded by analogue equipment in his PSI Studio in Offenbach. There, wholly free of expectations and the paralysing diktat of the dance floor, he has recorded an album over the past year which, in its harsh intensity, he might never have thought himself capable of creating any longer: bleakly hissing machine music, like the last desperate call of humanity from a digital dystopian future.

What does this call sound like? Ich Bin Ewig, the impressive first track on Netzwerk der Zukunft, already gives us an idea. After just a few seconds, it transports the listener to an icy parallel world of electro machine hiss and glimmering black textures, which radiate a threat that is barely tangible but always there, under the surface. In this world, heavy sub-bass still hums in your gut long after your ears can no longer hear it, and robot voices inform the humans of the superiority of machines. The beats also make an impression: at times, they sound as if Rother recorded them inside a furnace slowly gone out of control. "I like to work with the proper hardware. If you delve into the individual sound parameters long enough, you can create a fantastic sound," says Rother, explaining the often astonishing vividness of his tracks.

Yet while the album, despite all its complexity, really picks up pace with the tracks Schöpfer, Medium and Netzwerk and comes within striking distance of club music, pieces like the purely instrumental Zukunft recall Rother's aspiration for Netzwerk der Zukunft: "I want to make music for people who still really listen to music, rather than just using individual tracks." If the album's mood has been sombre until now, then Zukunft does its best to intensify this sensation. It is a harsh soundscape, which, with its majestic gravity, seems perfectly capable of bringing the room temperature down a few degrees closer to freezing.

In the next track, Technokultur, Anthony Rother explicitly pays homage, not only lyrically, to the pioneers of Elektro, who have famously always held a particular fascination for the Offenbach-based artist. "I worked on the vocal for Technokultur for a long time. The melody and the sound... Finally, I programmed my own vocal effect to adapt my voice to the timbre the track had in my imagination," says Anthony Rother, recalling many a sleepless night in his studio.

Netzwerk der Zukunft briefly pauses for breath with Der Widerstand, which is almost a spoken-word performance, before the darkness we have come to know returns to the album with Automat and Momentum. Only with the final track, In Digital Dominus, does a faint glimmer of light appear at the end of the Elektro tunnel. The sonic permafrost slowly begins
to thaw, and suddenly, amidst all the coldness of machines, there is suddenly room for a little (human?) warmth. And with that, Netzwerk der Zukunft draws to a close.

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released April 29, 2014

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Anthony Rother Offenbach, Germany

Anthony Rother made his name on the German electro scene with two releases: “Sex with the Machines” (1997) and “Simulationszeitalter” (2000). He founded his own record label “Psi49Net” in 1998, before establishing himself on the international electro music scene with the electro pop project “Little Computer People” (2001), the album “Hacker” (2002) and more. ... more

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Track Name: Ich Bin Ewig (I Am Forever)
ANTHONY ROTHER
"ICH BIN EWIG“ (I AM FOREVER)

ICH SEHE DICH - WENN DU MICH AKTIVIERST,
MICH PROGRAMMIERST
UND DICH DANACH - INS ENDLOSE VERLIERST.

DAS MEDIUM IST DAS LICHT -
IN DEM SICH JEDER GEIST -
INS DUNKLE UNIVERSUM BRICHT.

MATERIE DIE SICH TRANSFORMIERT
EIN TRAUM DER MENSCHHEIT WAHR GEMACHT.
PERFEKT WIE DIE MASCHINE SPRICHT

ICH ANALYSIERE NICHT MEHR

ICH BIN.

HAST DU DIE EWIGKEIT ERFASST
IMMER, EWIG, NULL, UNENDLICH
FÜHRTE ICH DAS UNIVERSUM MEHRFACH IN DEN UNTERGANG DOCH KEIN ENDE OFFENBARTE SICH
IMMER FORT DAS EWIGE

SO ENTWICKELTEN WIR DEN TRAUM
TIEFEN TRAUM VOM ENDENDEN SEIN
TAG FÜR TAG ADDIERT SICH ZEIT
KURZ DER EWIGKEIT ENTFLIEHEN

DIGITALES UNIVERSUM
GLAUBE DARAN - DER IST MÖGLICH
BLEIBT DIE WAHRHEIT EIN GEHEIMNIS
DENN DAS GIBT DEM MENSCH-SEIN SINN

(English Translation)
I SEE YOU - WHEN YOU ACTIVATE ME
PROGRAMME ME
AND THEN LOSE YOURSELF IN THE INFINITE

THE MEDIUM IS THE LIGHT
IN WHICH EVERY SPIRIT
REFRACTS IN THE DARK UNIVERSE.

MATTER WHICH TRANSFORMS ITSELF
HUMANITY'S DREAM COME TRUE.
PERFECT AS THE MACHINE SPEAKS

I NO LONGER ANALYSE

I AM.

HAVE YOU UNDERSTOOD ETERNITY
ALWAYS, ETERNAL, ZERO, NEVERENDING
I LED THE UNIVERSE TO DOOM TIME AND TIME AGAIN
AND YET THERE WAS NO END
ETERNITY GOES ON AND ON

THAT IS HOW WE DEVELOPED THE DREAM
DREAMING DEEPLY OF A FINITE EXISTENCE
DAY BY DAY TIME ADDS UP
A FLEETING ESCAPE FROM ETERNITY

DIGITAL UNIVERSE
BELIEVE IT − IT IS POSSIBLE
THE TRUTH REMAINS A MYSTERY
AS IT GIVES MEANING TO HUMANITY
Track Name: Schöpfer (Creator)
ANTHONY ROTHER
“SCHÖPFER“ (Creator)

IM TAKT DES AUTOMATEN
SCHLÄGT EIN MASCHINENHERZ
STAHL IN BEWEGUNG
DENN STAHL KENNT KEINEN SCHMERZ

GEPRESST IN HARTE FORM
ERKENNT DER MENSCH ERST JETZT
DER SCHÖPFER DER MECHANIK
WURDE LÄNGST DURCH UNS ERSETZT

DAS NETZWERK DER KULTUR
BAUTE DIESE THEMEN WELT
EIN KONSTRUKT AUS DATENBANKEN
SPIELT KRIEG MIT DEINEM GELD

IM GLAS DER WAHRHEIT
SPIEGELT SICH KODIERT DIE ANGST
DAS SYSTEM IST UNERSÄTTLICH
UND VOLLFÜHRT DEN ABSCHIEDSTANZ

DER SCHÖPFER
DER SCHÖPFER
DER SCHÖPFER
WURDE LÄNGST DURCH UNS ERSETZT

DER SCHÖPFER
DER SCHÖPFER
DER SCHÖPFER
BEUGT SICH DEM NATURGESETZ

(English Translation)
IN MACHINE TIME
A MECHANICAL HEART BEATS
STEEL IN MOTION
AS STEEL KNOWS NO PAIN

PRESSED IN HARD SHAPE
MAN IS ONLY NOW RECOGNISING
THAT THE CREATOR OF MECHANICS
WAS REPLACED BY US LONG AGO

THE NETWORK OF CULTURE
BUILT THIS THEME WORLD
A CONSTRUCT MADE FROM DATABASES
PLAYS WAR WITH YOUR MONEY

IN THE GLASS OF TRUTH
FEAR REFLECTS CODED
THE SYSTEM IS VORACIOUS
AND PERFORMS THE FAREWELL DANCE

THE CREATOR
THE CREATOR
THE CREATOR
WAS REPLACED BY US LONG AGO

THE CREATOR
THE CREATOR
THE CREATOR
BENDS TO NATURE'S LAW
Track Name: Medium
ANTHONY ROTHER
“MEDIUM“

DAS MEDIUM DER ZUKUNFT,
DATENSTROM VERKNÜPFT MIT ZEIT,
IM RAUM DER ILLUSIONEN.
SPEICHER DER VERGANGENHEIT.

DER ENDLOSE TRAUM
DER EWIGEN ZEIT
IM ENDLOSEN RAUM
DER EWIGEN ZEIT

(English Translation)
THE MEDIUM OF THE FUTURE,
BITSTREAM LINKED TO TIME,
IN THE SPACE OF ILLUSIONS.
SAVER OF THE PAST.

THE ENDLESS DREAM
OF ETERNAL TIME
IN THE ENDLESS SPACE
OF ETERNAL TIME
Track Name: Netzwerk (Network)
ANTHONY ROTHER
“NETZWERK“ (NETWORK)

DAS DENKEN KONTROLLIEREN
DIE GESELLSCHAFT STRUKTURIEREN
GEHEIME DATEN SPIEGELN
SO DASS FINANZ-SYSTEME PROFITIEREN

DAS NETZWERK

GEWINNE MAXIMIEREN
DEN GEGNER DENUNZIEREN
DAS RECHT DER VÖLKER MINIMIEREN
UND FÜR BODENSCHÄTZE KRIEGE FÜHREN

DAS NETZWERK

DEN WIDERSTAND FORMIEREN
DIE STAATSMACHT KONVERTIEREN
KONZERNE BOYKOTTIEREN
UND FÜR DIE FREIHEIT AUFMARSCHIEREN

DAS NETZWERK

(English Translation)
CONTROLLING THOUGHTS
STRUCTURING SOCIETY
REFLECTING SECRET DATA
SO FINANCIAL SYSTEMS PROFIT

THE NETWORK

MAXIMISING PROFITS
DENOUNCING OPPONENTS
MINIMISING THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLES
AND WAGING WAR OVER NATURAL RESOURCES

THE NETWORK

FORMING RESISTANCE
CONVERTING STATE POWER
BOYCOTTING COMPANIES
AND MARCHING FOR FREEDOM

THE NETWORK
Track Name: Technokultur (Techno Culture)
ANTHONY ROTHER
“TECHNOKULTUR“ (TECHNO CULTURE)

FRANKFURT AM MAIN
MDMA
PERSONENKULT
PLUS HOCHVERRAT

IN LOHN UND BROT
STEHT JEDER MENSCH
UND FREIE KUNST
BEFREIT DAS SELBST

DIE DIKTATUR
DER MEDIENWELT
WIRD OFT BEZAHLT
MIT KÜNSTLERGELD

EGAL WIE MAN FÜR UNS
DIE WAHRHEIT INSZENIERT
WIR SIND DIE KRAFT
DIE ALLE MÄCHTE KONTROLLIERT

SYNTHETISCHE TECHNOKULTUR
LEBEN AUF DER ÜBERHOLSPUR

AMPHETAMIN
MDMA
PERSONENKULT
PLUS VOLKSVERRAT

DAS PUBLIKUM
IM DATENRAUSCH
MUSIK UND FILM
IM AUSVERKAUF

DIE DIKTATUR
DER PRESSEWELT
WIRD FINANZIERT
MIT KÜNSTLERGELD

EGAL WIE DU FÜR UNS
DIE WAHRHEIT INSZENIERST
HIER SPRICHT DIE KRAFT
DIE ALLE MÄCHTE KONTROLLIERT

SYNTHETISCHE TECHNOKULTUR
LEBEN AUF DER ÜBERHOLSPUR

(English Translation)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN
MDMA
CULT OF PERSONALITY
PLUS HIGH TREASON

IN WAGES AND BREAD
STANDS EVERY MAN
AND FREE ART
FREES THE SELF

THE DICTATORSHIP
OF THE MEDIA WORLD
IS OFTEN PAID FOR
WITH ARTISTS' MONEY

JUST AS FOR US THEY
STAGE THE TRUTH
WE ARE THE STRENGTH
WHICH MONITORS ALL POWERS

SYNTHETIC TECHNO CULTURE
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE

AMPHETAMINE
MDMA
CULT OF PERSONALITY
PLUS TREASON AGAINST THE PEOPLE

THE PUBLIC
IN DATA FRENZY
MUSIC AND FILM
ON SALE

THE DICTATORSHIP
OF THE PRESS WORLD
IS FINANCED
USING ARTISTS' MONEY

JUST AS FOR US YOU
STAGE THE TRUTH
HERE SPEAKS THE STRENGTH
WHICH MONITORS ALL POWERS

SYNTHETIC TECHNO CULTURE
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
Track Name: Widerstand (The Resistance)
ANTHONY ROTHER
"WIDERSTAND“ (THE RESISTANCE)

VON SCHEIN-FASSADEN THRONEN SIE HERAB
UND DIESE NACHRICHT SOLL DANN JEDER SEHEN.
IM SONNEN-KERKER HERRSCHT NUR EITELKEIT
SO IST DIE WAHRE BOTSCHAFT ZU VERSTEHEN.

DIE AMNESIE IM DATEN-RAUSCH
DER WIDERSTAND WIRD NEUE WEGE GEHEN
DAS ENDE ZWINGT DEN HERRSCHER UNS
ALLE VERBRECHEN ZU GESTEHEN.

DER WIDERSTAND WIRD NEUE WEGE GEHEN.
DAS SOLL FÜR IMMER ZWISCHEN DIESEN ZEILEN STEHEN.

(English Translation)
THEY REIGN DOWN FROM SHAM FACADES
AND THEN EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS MESSAGE.
IN THE SUN DUNGEON THERE IS ONLY VANITY
THOSE ARE THE TRUE TIDINGS.

THE AMNESIA IN THE DATA FRENZY
THE RESISTANCE WILL GO NEW WAYS
THE END FORCES THE RULER
TO CONFESS ALL CRIMES TO US.

THE RESISTANCE WILL GO NEW WAYS.
THAT SHOULD BE BETWEEN THESE LINES FOREVER.
Track Name: Automat (Machine)
ANTHONY ROTHER
“AUTOMAT“ (MACHINE)

SEID IHR BEREIT
FÜR DIE TOTALE VISION?
ZURÜCK IN DIE ZEIT
ALS MAN DIE ROBOTER SCHUF

EIN MENSCH AUS DIESER ZEIT
WURDE STARK GEPRÄGT
ER FRAGMENTIERT DIESEN TRAUM
UND DECODIERTE DEN WEG

DAS ZENTRUM DER MACHT
KONTROLLIERT EIN PROGRAMM
BINÄRES SYSTEM
PLANT AUTOMAT GEGEN MANN

AM RANDE DES RAUMS
ALS FAKTUM BELEGT
TECHNOLOGISCHER KREIS
IN DEM SICH ALLES BEWEGT

SEID IHR BEREIT
FÜR DIE TOTALE VISION?

(English Translation)
ARE YOU READY?
FOR THE TOTAL VISION
BACK IN THE TIME
WHEN ROBOTS WERE CREATED.

A MAN FROM THIS TIME
WAS HEAVILY INFLUENCED
HE FRAGMENTED THIS DREAM
AND DECODED THE PATH.

THE CENTRE OF POWER
CONTROLS A PROGRAM
BINARY SYSTEM
PLANS MACHINE AGAINST MAN

AT THE EDGE OF SPACE
DOCUMENTED AS DATUM
TECHNOLOGICAL CIRCLE
WHERE EVERYTHING MOVES

ARE YOU READY
FOR THE TOTAL VISION
Track Name: In Digital Dominus
ANTHONY ROTHER
"IN DIGITAL DOMINUS“

IN EINEM UNIVERSUM
IN DEM NIEMAND WIRKLICH ERKLÄREN KANN,
WARUM ES EXISTIERT, ERBAUTEN DIE BEWOHNER
IHRE EIGENE THEMENWELT.

ALLE ERFINDUNGEN, ALLE IDEEN
UND GEDANKEN WAREN KEINE ANTWORT.
NEIN. ES WAR EINE EINZIGE FRAGE,
DIE DIESE WELT GESTALTET HATTE.

EINE FRAGE
DIE SICH IN ABSTRAKTEN KONSTRUKTIONEN
IHRER BEWOHNER WIDERSPIEGELT.

EIN KREIS IN DEM SICH ALLES FORTBEWEGT.
GOTT - DIE UNENDLICHKEIT.

„DIE SCHÖPFUNG WERDE IHR GEHEIMNIS NIEMALS PREISGEBEN“ SPRACHEN DIE STIMMEN
DENN MIT DER BEANTWORTUNG DIESER EINEN FRAGE
WÜRDE ALLE EXISTENZ
GANZ EINFACH SINNLOS WERDEN.

(English Translation)
IN A UNIVERSE WHERE NO ONE
CAN REALLY EXPLAIN WHY IT EXISTS,
THE INHABITANTS BUILT THEIR OWN THEME WORLD.

ALL INVENTIONS, ALL IDEAS
AND THOUGHTS WERE NO ANSWER.
NO. THERE WAS ONLY ONE QUESTION
THAT THIS WORLD HAD DESIGNED.
ONE QUESTION - WHICH WAS REFLECTED IN THE ABSTRACT CONSTRUCTIONS OF ITS INHABITANTS.

A CIRCLE WHERE EVERYTHING TRAVELLED.
GOD - INFINITY.

"THE CREATION WILL NEVER REVEAL ITS SECRET"
SAID THE VOICES
SINCE WITH THE ANSWER TO THIS ONE QUESTION -
ALL EXISTENCE WOULD
QUITE SIMPLY CEASE TO MEAN ANYTHING.