KOMPAKT

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BIOGRAPHY:
Kompakt is a Cologne-based electronic music independent record label and vinyl/CD distributor, owned by Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer and Jürgen Paape. They specialize in microhouse and minimal techno, and are known for their Total compilation series which reached its eleventh installment in 2010.
Kompakt originated from a techno record store that was opened in Cologne in 1993 (under the name "Delirium") by Wolfgang Voigt, Reinhard Voigt, Jörg Burger and Jürgen Paape, who were soon joined by Michael Mayer. Kompakt itself was formally founded in 1998, combining several existing labels, the record store and distributor and also event organizing activities.
According to Grooves magazine, "Kompakt’s chief aesthetic objective has always been the perfect marriage of ambient texture and linear 4x4 structure—blending deep, granular sound design with the 4-bar rhythmic intensity and patterning that makes house and techno so club-effective". Kompakt has been noted for releases enriching abstract techno tracks with pop elements such as vocals - Mayer has stated that "We grew up with pop music and really like traces of pop in techno music. This is probably Kompakt's biggest strength-- that we can detect these pop traces and give them a home". British music critic Simon Reynolds has characterized Kompakt as the "label that's contributed more than any other to Germany's dominance of electronic dance music this decade (the 2000s)".
Notable producers of the label include Superpitcher, Michael Mayer, Justus Köhncke and Jürgen Paape. In recent years, Kompakt has been better known for bringing a trance sound into minimal techno.
Techno and electronic artists, such as The Orb, Thomas Fehlmann, The Field, Jonas Bering, Aril Brikha and others have released material on Kompakt.
Kompakt also runs an online music store with a weekly newsletter, providing a large amount of techno and other electronic forms and through mailorder. The label used to run its own digital download store at kompakt-mp3.net, which according to Mayer was "(one of the first) techno mp3 shops online", but it was not financially successful and was shut down after three years in late 2008. The company had 16 employees in 2009.
The Kompakt offices and record store appear in Amy Grill's 2009 documentary Speaking In Code which features interviews with founder Wolfgang Voigt and co-owner Michael Mayer.

LAST ALBUM:
LEANDRO FRESCO - EL REINO INVISIBLE (2015)
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HOMEPAGE: www.kompakt.fm

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DISCOGRAPHY - ALBUM RELEASES:

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2012 - SMART BAR CHICAGO 1985
Label:  Goofin
2011 - SIMON WERNER A DISPARU (Soundtrack)
Label:  Sonic Youth Recordings
2010 - SILVER SESSION (FOR JASON KNUTH)
Label:  Sonic Youth Recordings
2009 - THE ETERNAL
Label:  Matador / Beggars Group
2008 - HITS ARE FOR SQUARES - BEST OF

Label:  Pid
2008 - ANDRE SIDER AF SONIC YOUTH
Label:  Sonic Youth Recordings
2008 - J'ACCUSE TED HUGHES
Label:  Sonic Youth Recordings 
2006 - THE DESTROYED ROOM: B-SIDES & RARITIES
Label:  Geffen
2006 - RATHER RIPPED
Label:  Geffen
2005 - KONCERTAS STAN BRAKHAGE
Label:  Sonic Youth Recordings 
2004 - HIDROS 3 (with MATS GUSTAFSSON)
Label:  Smalltown Recordings
2004 - NURSE

Label:  Geffen 
2003 - LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Label:  Steamhammer
2003 - HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN
Label:  Phantom Records
2002 - DEMON LOVER (Soundtrack)
Label:  Virgin
2002 - IN THE FISHTANK
Label:  In the Fishtank Records
2002 - MURRAY STREET
Label:  Geffen
2002
- ALL TOMORROWS PARTIES 1.1
Label:  Vital
2000 - SYR 5 (Kim Gordon, Ikue Mori & DJ Olive)
Label:  Sonic Youth Recordings
2000 - NYC GHOST & FLOWERS
Label:  Geffen
1999 - GOODBYE 20TH CENTURY
Label:  Sonic Youth Recordings 
1998 - A THOUSAND LEAVES
Label:  Geffen
1998 - INVITO AL CIELO
Label:  Sonic Youth Recordings
1997 - SLAAPMAKERS MET SLAGROOM
Label:  Sonic Youth Recordings
1997 - ANAGRAMA
Label:  Sonic Youth Recordings
1995 - WASHING MACHINE
Label:  Geffen
1995 - SCREAMING FIELDS OF SONIC YOUTH

Label:  Geffen
1994 - EXPERIMENTALJET SET, TRASH AND NO STAR
Label:  Geffen
1993 - WHORE'S MOANING (OZ '93 Tour Edition)
Label:  Geffen
1992 - DIRTY
Label:  Geffen
1991 - DIRTY BOOTS (EP)
Label:  Geffen
1991 - SONIC DEATH - LIVE
Label:  SST Records
1990 - GOO
Label:  Geffen
1988 - DAYDREAM NATION
Label:  Goofin
1997 - SISTER
Label:  DGC Records
1986 - MADE IN USA (Soundtrack)

Label:  Rhino
1986 - EVOL
Label:  DGC Records
1985 - BAD MOON RISING
Label:  DGC Records
1983 - CONFUSION IS SEX
Label:  Original Record Production
1982 - SONIC YOUTH
Label:  Neutral Records

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