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Markus Reuter

Markus Reuter is a producer, musician, composer & sound designer.

Born in 1972, Markus initially trained as a pianist before switching to guitar in the late 80's, and subsequently touch guitar in 1993. Soon after, he developed a unique skill for improvised composition, often employing loop-based technology in order to push the envelope of solo performance. In his teenage years, Markus studied music theory and composition with Karlheinz Straetmanns, in the tradition of Paul Hindemith & Harald Genzmer. In his twenties, he spent time with Daniel Schell studying his very special compositional techniques as well as some Indian music (with Ashok Pathak). Markus' technique as an instrumentalist and performer is largely based on studying Guitar Craft with Robert Fripp and Tony Geballe from 1991 - 1998.

Markus was aligned to several eclectic bands such as Europa String Choir, and String Unit (with Zoltan Lantos), both in the studio and live arena, as well as maintaining an ongoing relationship with electronic musician Ian Boddy - which has to date produced 4 albums and 2 virtual musical instruments.

Since the late 90's Markus's mainstay has been the Anglo-German band CENTROZOON, alongside long-term musical partner Bernhard Woestheinrich, and English singer Tim Bowness (of seminal art-rock band No-Man).

The group has attracted numerous celebrity fans, including guitarist David Torn, and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, who has recently collaborated with Markus both on stage and in the studio. The pair released an album under the name TUNER in late 2005 and have released a second album 'POLE' in June 2007.

Markus continues to work in diverse fields incl. production & songwriting, sound design (for Native Instruments) and an increasing number of activities in performance art and scoring. His current main interest is the use of algorithmic composition in all sorts of styles (incl. ambient, pop & rock music) and generative approaches to sound design.

So far his work spans more than 40 albums. Live and studio work includes collaborations with artists and bands such as Alain Pinero, Lee Fletcher, Cathy Stevens, Renee Stieger, Ian Boddy, Daniel Schell, Zoltan Lantos, Modo Bierkamp, Dagobert Boehm, Nigel Mullaney, Elton Dean, Peter Chilvers, Simon Heyworth, Hugh Hopper, Michael Peters, Leander Reininghaus, Roberto Riggio, Laura Scarborough, Andrew Ostler, Heather Sullivan, Alessandro Bruno, Bert Lams, Udo Dzierzanowski, Tony Lakatos, Hideyo Moriya, Tim Bowness, Paul Richards, Lisa Fletcher, Thorsten Niestrath, Isildurs Bane, Denis Blackham, Fabrice DeGraef, Michael Bearpark, Stefano Panunzi, Mathias Grassow, Bill Munyon, Derek DiFilippo, Chris Wong, Pat Mastelotto, Stephen Parsick, Bernhard Woestheinrich, Davide Rossi, Henning Ruemenapp, Tim Bowness, Fabio Trentini, Tony Geballe, Richard Barbieri, Franco Feruglio, Toyah Willcox, synapscape, Luca Calabrese, Bill Rieflin, Christian Saggese, ULVER, Ritchie DeCarlo, Scott McGill, Percy Jones, Weekend Guitar Trio, starofash, UMA, Robert Rich, etc.

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Markus Reuter: Recording Music Across Space and Time

Read "Markus Reuter: Recording Music Across Space and Time" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Today, the Spotlight shines On returning guest, the innovative musician and composer Markus Reuter.Markus originally joined us for Episode 130 back in November 2022. He joins us now to discuss his project Sea of Hopeless Angels (Unsung Records), which began as several unedited studio solo improvisations by Markus on his electric touch guitar. Those recordings were turned over to mixer Stefano Castagna, whose sonic wizardry included not only mixing but fully collaborating with the recordings, adding new sounds ...

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New music from Melbourne band Claps, Devine King Project and Markus Reuter

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New music from British band Devine King Project, Melbourne band Claps, German touch guitarist Markus Reuter and from Ukraine pianist Usein Bekirov with James Genus and Dennis Chambers. German band The Fire Orange Project, Spanish guitarist David Munoz, Jeff Lorber and Lo Greco Bros from Italy.Playlist Devine King project “Hypersphere" from Wired Telemetry (Self Produced) 00:00 Claps “Speedway! Speedway ! Speedway !" from Claps (Self Produced) 06:31 Markus Reuter “Blood Gold" from Sea of Hopeless Angels (Self Produced) 13:01 Usein ...

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Tu-Ner: T1-Contact Information

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After so many years crossing paths in the realm of experimental-industrial-groove-jazz-rock weirdness, it would have been more surprising if these three did not all join forces at some point. Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn build on a decades-long history in multiple King Crimson rhythm sections as well as their own duo called TU. Touch guitarist Markus Reuter plays with Mastelotto in the trio Stick Men as well as in their own duo called TUNER. (Gunn and Reuter have also performed ...

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New Music from Markus Reuter and Stephan Thelen, plus Andy Summers and Erik Escobar

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New releases from Markus Reuter, Stephan Thelen and Andy Summers plus Brazilian keyboardist Erik Escobar and from Bolivia, guitarist Carlos Fischer.Playlist Markus Reuter-Tim Motzer-Kenny Growhowski “Bleed" from Bleed (Moonjunel) 00:00 Stephan Thelen “Glitch" from Fractal Guitar 3 (Moonjune) 08:27 Andy Summers “Bring On the Night" from Bring On the Night (Very serious Comedy) 17:06 Mika Krstic-Hadrien Feraud “Hong Kong" from Hong Kong (Crowd Surf) 25:33 Erik Escobar “Arcanjo Miguel" from New Brazilian Trio (Self Produced) 34:00 Michael Pipoquinha ...

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Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar 3

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Guitarist/composer Stephan Thelen presents the third installment of his Fractal Guitar series. Like the previous albums, the emphasis is on multiple guitars, layered in kaleidoscopic arrangements based on his compositions and guitar playing, but significantly colored by the contributions of his collaborators. This edition was also influenced by the other albums that he was working on simultaneously: Transneptunian Planets with J. Peter Schwalm, Eivind Aarset, Tim Harries and Manuel Pasquinelli (RareNoiseRecords, 2022); Fractal Sextet with Jon Durant, Fabio Anile, Colin ...

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Mata Atlantica: Retiro e Ritmo

Read "Retiro e Ritmo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Retiro e Ritmo is a love letter to Mata Atlântica, the coastal rain forest of Brazil, and a call to help preserve and protect this beautiful habitat. The music supports that goal not by quoting or referencing Brazilian music directly, but by building a complex musical ecosystem that evokes it, obliquely creating a sense of place. The album is the brainchild of co-producer Mathias Derer, motivated by a 2017 Brazilian visit. Although he does not perform, he composed ...

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Markus Reuter

Read "Markus Reuter" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Markus Reuter is a music producer, composer, performer, and creative educator with international credentials and a vast discography. Reuter's work as a recording artist, solo performer, and collaborator spans (and frequently fuses) electrophonic loop music, contemporary classical music, progressive and art rock, industrial music, world jazz, jazz fusion, pop songs, and pure improvisation. Over the course of a two-decade career, he has been a member of multiple bands, ensembles, and projects (including Stick Men, Tuner, The Crimson ProjeKct, ...

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Recording

Markus Reuter & Stefano Castagna To Release New Collaborative Album 'Sea Of Hopeless Angels'

Markus Reuter & Stefano Castagna To Release New Collaborative Album 'Sea Of Hopeless Angels'

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

An unexpected concerto. The streets of Berlin. Nourishment and exhaustion. The celestial, moving among us. All of these things might describe (or, more accurately, permeate) Markus Reuter’s latest project—a spontaneous collaboration with Stefano Castagna. From a strictly Reuterian perspective, Sea of Hopeless Angels could be seen as a reaction to Markus’ furious and abrasive work with the free-rock improvisation quartet Anchor & Burden, one of his central priorities during 2022. At the same time, it stems directly from that project ...

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MoonJune Music Festival Toledo 2023 Featuring Soft Machine, Diego Amador, Dwiki Dharmawan, Dewa Budjana, Markus Reuter Anchor & Burden And More

MoonJune Music Festival Toledo 2023 Featuring Soft Machine, Diego Amador, Dwiki Dharmawan, Dewa Budjana, Markus Reuter Anchor & Burden And More

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

September 28-30 and October 1, 2023 At the Circulo De Arte Toledo, Plaza San Vincente, Toledo, Spain Music That Fits Toledo MoonJune Music and M Films Producciones present a multi-sensory festival of eclectic, international progressive music expanding the boundaries of jazz, rock, global music, and the unknown. Join visionary presenters Leonardo Pavkovic and Mauricio Aguinaco in historic Toledo, Spain, for four days of extraordinary concerts, roundtable discussions with seasoned music industry professionals, regional gastronomical delights, and the warm camaraderie ...

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Guitarist Markus Reuter Releases First Christmas Album

Guitarist Markus Reuter Releases First Christmas Album

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

Poly-disciplinary musician and touch guitarist Markus Reuter has just released his first Christmas album—a free, limited-availability-period recording of five traditional Christmas songs (each of which has been given Markus’ distinctive loop/solo/soundscape treatment). As with much of Markus’ music, the pieces are accessible and enjoyable while concealing hidden depths. Beneath and behind Markus’ soulful touch guitar renditions of the original melodies, billowing detailed soundscapes are built on re-examinations and explorations of the pitch series of each tune. Listeners can enjoy the ...

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Markus Reuter's "Todmorden 513:" Algorithmic Poetics

Markus Reuter's "Todmorden 513:" Algorithmic Poetics

Source: Gapplegate Music Review by Grego Edwards

Markus Reuter has created an hour-long piece for ten players based on the algorithmic trans- formation, extension and reordering of musical material. He calls the work Todmorden 513. That the work is the product of some sophisticated methodological approaches is not uninteresting. But I've stayed away from that at this point to concentrate on a deep listening of the work. And having done this I come up for air to write up what I am feeling as I hear it. ...

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Markus Reuter releases digital download of his contemporary classical composition "Todmorden 513"

Markus Reuter releases digital download of his contemporary classical composition "Todmorden 513"

Source: Lori Hehr Public Relations

Producer, musician, composer and sound designer Markus Reuter has just released the first performance of his contemporary classical piece 'Todmorden 513.' The piece is an algorithmic composition for live instruments and electronics. This recording of the piece is available for digital download (and on CD, see below) at markusreuter.com. 'Todmorden 513' is an hour-long composition based on a cycle of 513 evenly spaced chords that were strictly derived from systematic combinations of pitches and recursive definition (i.e. the repeated application ...

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Interview

Touch Guitarist Markus Reuter Interviewed at All About Jazz

Touch Guitarist Markus Reuter Interviewed at All About Jazz

Source: All About Jazz

German touch guitarist Markus Reuter stands at the forefront of the international ambient music community. From his various collaborations with King Crimson alumni and electronic music pioneers Ian Boddy and Robert Rich, Reuter has crafted a busy schedule of his own recordings, lent his own ear and expertise to engineering and production work in parallel with leading classes on the unusual 8-stringed instrument he uses to promote his art. All About Jazz contributor Jeffrey L. Melton spoke with Reuter about ...

Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Touch Guitar instructor Course and lesson info upon request

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Sea of Hopeless Angels

Flatiron Recordings
2024

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T1-Contact Information

Self Produced
2023

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Tentacles

MoonJune Records
2022

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Retiro e Ritmo

7D Media
2022

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Fractal Guitar 3

MoonJune Records
2022

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Fractal Guitar 2

MoonJune Records
2021

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