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Phobos - Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:54 pm
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Software/ Mergener and Weisser are now on Bandcamp, all their releases are now available as downloads and some on vinyl.
Good to see these available again as a lot of their CD releases are very hard to find, or are priced at at silly figures at Discogs.
http://software.100percentelectronica.com/music

Also a nice article here
https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/03/09/software-band-interview/
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Vignoble @ Co. - Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:53 pm
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Excellent news and thank you for the highlight!
SolarPlexus - Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:59 pm
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Thanks for posting....
and what a bargain it is!
Alvaro - Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:31 am
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Thanks for posting. The complete discography download por less than 30 USD, incredible.
dronescape - Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:44 pm
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I'd be curious to know who benefits from all the sales. Will it be Peter Mergener only, Michael Weisser only, or will the proceeds be shared equally among them?

The Software enterprise didn't end all too favourably for Peter, that's why I'm wondering.

Stephen
BruecknerAmbient - Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:49 pm
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Interesting, thanks for the hint! Now I can finally check out all those albums that I've missed so far... Cool

(...I realised a while ago that I actually enjoy Heaven-To-Hell quite a lot, their only album I own and that I had not listened to for many years - I was rather surprised when I finally did so again).

Cool

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VCO1 - Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:40 pm
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« dronescape » wrote:
I'd be curious to know who benefits from all the sales. Will it be Peter Mergener only, Michael Weisser only, or will the proceeds be shared equally among them?

The Software enterprise didn't end all too favourably for Peter, that's why I'm wondering.

Stephen

I wonder if he (Peter) will benefit much from these reissues...

[From Bandcamp Daily]
Clanton wants 100% Electronica’s reissue campaign to make Weisser happy, although the artist himself has his own hopes for what might happen once Software’s music is available to a larger audience. “It is not really the success of selling that is important,” Weisser says. “The real value is scoring new contacts to creative people for creating new ventures.”
VCO1 - Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:47 pm
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« Alvaro » wrote:
Thanks for posting. The complete discography download por less than 30 USD, incredible.

The question is if it's worth much more than 30 dollar. I own four of their cd's (and once had Chip Meditation part 1 on lp) but it never did much to me. Quite uninspired, cold music. What they(?) did later in their career was even less interesting, imho.
GrahamH - Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:20 pm
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I've heard of the name, but I'm totally unfamiliar with the music....

Might check them out on Bandcamp.
Phobos - Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:23 pm
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I had everything up to and including Syn-Code, Things went downhill after those albums IMHO, when I got Digital Dance I felt very disappointed with it. My personal favourites are Beam-Scape and Night-Light.

I would hope they are both getting equal benefits, I always felt Peter was more of the driving force, especially composition wise, although I could be wrong.
dronescape - Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:39 pm
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« Phobos » wrote:
[...] I always felt Peter was more of the driving force, especially composition wise, although I could be wrong.


Of course he was. Weisser never really contributed anything musical to the band other than the occasional blah-blah and the fancy, um... sleeve design. And the concept -- whatever that may imply.

I remember attending a Software concert in Bremen in 1989 which turned out to be a playback show, with no band on the stage, and no Peter Mergener in sight anywhere. I approached Michael Weisser and asked him whether the track "Energy as Matter" (forgot the fancy hyphens in between, sorry for that) would be played, and his response was "What track?".

Stephen
Starwalker - Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:14 am
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I have Chip Meditation 1 and Electronic Universe 1, i like them both alot. Can anyone recommend any others of theirs?
Jon - Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:26 pm
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The only one I have is Modesty Blaze from 1991. Quite good, I still play the CD from time to time.
Phobos - Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:17 pm
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« Starwalker » wrote:
I have Chip Meditation 1 and Electronic Universe 1, i like them both alot. Can anyone recommend any others of theirs?


Beam Scape, Night Light and Syn Code, the beauty about being on Bandcamp is you can listen first before you buy.
Phobos - Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:22 pm
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« dronescape » wrote:
« Phobos » wrote:
[...] I always felt Peter was more of the driving force, especially composition wise, although I could be wrong.


Of course he was. Weisser never really contributed anything musical to the band other than the occasional blah-blah and the fancy, um... sleeve design. And the concept -- whatever that may imply.

I remember attending a Software concert in Bremen in 1989 which turned out to be a playback show, with no band on the stage, and no Peter Mergener in sight anywhere. I approached Michael Weisser and asked him whether the track "Energy as Matter" (forgot the fancy hyphens in between, sorry for that) would be played, and his response was "What track?".

Stephen


Thought so, bet the hyphens were Michaels-idea Laughing
dronescape - Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:30 pm
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Yes, very much like usin' gerunds and apostrophes all the time... driftin', floatin', groovin', feckin'... you'll get an idea.

At some point, Software was nothing but a trademark, a vehicle for releasing mediocre flimflam. Hey, even Klaus Schulze released an album with Software ("Fragrance", if I recall correctly).

Stephen
RogerS - Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:30 am
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« VCO1 » wrote:
The question is if it's worth much more than 30 dollar. I own four of their cd's (and once had Chip Meditation part 1 on lp) but it never did much to me. Quite uninspired, cold music. What they(?) did later in their career was even less interesting, imho.

Yep I tend to agree. The music of Software "aged" very badly. I really don't like it anymore. If I had known that an original Digital Dance CD was worth that amount of money I would have sold it.
REWO Records - Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:32 pm
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« Jon » wrote:
The only one I have is Modesty Blaze from 1991. Quite good, I still play the CD from time to time.


haha, funny that was my favorite back in '91/'92. I played that album a lot more than Enigma.
BruecknerAmbient - Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:18 pm
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« dronescape » wrote:
Yes, very much like usin' gerunds and apostrophes all the time... driftin', floatin', groovin', feckin'... you'll get an idea.

At some point, Software was nothing but a trademark, a vehicle for releasing mediocre flimflam. Hey, even Klaus Schulze released an album with Software ("Fragrance", if I recall correctly).

Stephen


Shocked A-ha! Well, this is the first time I ever heard about that. Went right over to BC to get an ear on "Fragrance", and what can I say: it really sounds quite a lot like KS during his not-so-fortunate sampling phase. No credits to be seen anywhere; perhaps he did disown the album soon after it was released...? Must learn more about that.

P.S. Discogs says it's an album by Georg Stettner, rather... Rolling Eyes

https://www.discogs.com/de/Software-Fragrance/release/126132

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EM154 - Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:16 pm
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I have
Beam-Scape M/W cd with Holographic cover

Chip-Meditation - with Holographic cover - cd
Electronic-Universe Pt 1 cd
Space Design - A greatest hits type cd
Heaven-To-Hell cd

Great music 30 years ago, a bit outdated today.
Still listen to Peter Mergener`s music. Have always like
his music.

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