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GORSCH peter and Benjamin made a very expressive record, wtih pumpin floor nice breaks an very nice to listen areas. It is excited and relaxiing in both parts during listnin. Never boring. Let the mind flow on its own way and spaces. Thanks for that!
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Hyperbolic 04:02
Ups jig 04:30


With wonky, quirky grooves wrapped in fuzzy machine textures, NERK and KIRN show their impish contrarian approach to sonic expression. Hyperbolic is delicately leftfield of techno, in precise plucks and washes of sound - plus a dub with four-on-the-floor ... cowbell. Ups jig is a murky, off-balance broken cycle with melancholy lyricism over top. How to judge premonitions goes darker, with menacing humming electronics and throbbing kick. Together, it’s a compact amuse-bouche of weird.


Nerk/Kirn is the duo of two decades-long veterans of music machines, electronic music journalism, and musical collaborations. Nerk aka Benjamin Weiss has been part of the Berlin scene since the early 90s, as a founding member of TokTok and organizer of 24-hour jam session Krautok. Peter Kirn is a New York-to-Berlin migrant with musical work in multimedia, modern dance, concert music, and clubs. Weiss has been a music tech journalist contributing to Keyboards [DE] and co-founder of De:Bug. Kirn is known for the site CDM and has been a contributor to Keyboard [USA, defunct] and Resident Advisor. Kirn also co-develops the MeeBlip hardware synth. Weiss created the early iOS sequencer Modstep, worked at Native Instruments on Maschine, and is currently a designer at Ableton.

Since meeting in Berlin, the two have put all that machine knowledge to work in an imaginative string of live sets and underground releases, with outings on Snork Enterprises and V-Records, on top of their hyperactive solo activities.


released November 22, 2022

Mastering: Adam Jay

Cover image produced by Peter Kirn with NightCafe Studio:


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