Alter Ego In-depth Biography
Releasing arguably the first album of "listening techno" in Germany (the 1994 self-titled debut) and building on the style with subsequent releases, Roman Flügel} and Jörn Elling-Wuttke} are the exception that proves the rule in boom-boom dominated Deutschland. Better known and revered in England, where dance-based electronic music of a home-listening stripe has been the norm for nearly a decade, Alter Ego} have also managed to influenced countrymen and labelmates such as Hardfloor} and Yokota} to move away from Germany's increasingly commercial trance/techno scene and into headier, more experimental climes. The pair signed to Sven Väth's} trance-dominated Harthouse label in 1993, after releasing a self-titled full-length on their own Klang Elektronik (under the name Acid Jesus}) which caught Väth's} attention. Flügel} was a jazz drummer prior to his work with Wuttke}, and the pair met in the late '80s as a result of the snowballing German trance scene. They began producing tracks in the studio Wuttke} was piecing together, and had an immediate hit as Acid Jesus} with their first single, "Move My Body."
By the time they'd signed with Harthouse, however, Flügel} and Wuttke} were no longer interested in pursuing the club side of dance-based electronic music. Turned off by the German trance and techno scenes' steady commercialization, Flügel} and Wuttke} sought to innovate German techno out of redundancy by diversifying. Originally slated for release on Harthouse ambient sublabel Recycle or Die, Alter Ego} got a main label release instead, and together with the subsequent Decoding the Hacker Myth}, succeeded in slowing the pace of German techno and adding a cachet of new influences (U.K. ambient techno outfits such as B12} and the Black Dog}, hip-hop and electro, jazz and soul). Decoding the Hacker Myth} was reissued in 1996, coupled with a bonus disc of remixes by the likes of Luke Slater}, Two Lone Swordsmen}, and Matt "Dr. Rockit" Herbert's} Wishmountain} project. Flügel} has also released an EP and full-length as Ro70} on David Moufang's} Source label, and both Flügel} and Wuttke} continue to release tracks under such side-project pseudonyms as Sensorama}, Primitive Painter}, and Eight Miles High} for Ladomat, R&S, and Klang. They also worked on production for Väth}'s Contact} LP. ~ Sean Cooper, All Music Guide