Harald "Sack" Ziegler and Frank Schültge "Blumm" are Sack & Blumm. First introduced with a 7" release on Dhyana Rec. in 1998 Sack & Blumm spread rumours and appeared in a variety of radio and DJ charts that year. With their debut CD on Tomlab Sack & Blumm continued a homerecording series that travels between their postboxes in Cologne and Berlin that has since seen releases on other labels such as Staubgold or Gefriem and wider success especially in Japan.
Sack & Blumm are not a band or a studio project but may be described rather as a homerecording project that was conceived independendly in their bedroom studios in Berlin and Cologne. The digital multitrackers and the german postal service ferrying their ideas back and forth were definitely playing a major role in the production of the album. Tracks were produced in several steps, e.g. Frank would record an African finger piano for a track and send a dat to Harald in Cologne who would then layer the recording with his french horn and send the tape back to Berlin. Instead of sequencing work on computers, the music lives from the experience of two musicians. Folk themes are set against digital fragmentations, and techno tropes are taken up on acoustic instruments. Most of the instruments are played live onto the multitrack and the arrangements of the electronic sounds are produced with Harald's toy instruments.
Sack & Blumm like it best to produce their music mechanically/physically in the room, using more or less everything that they can get in their hands. Structures arise from their curiosity in the origin and the physicality of sounds (wood, stone, sheet metal, paper, air... ) and from experimenting and playing with the materials (plucking, beating, rubbing, blowing...). Musical instruments are based on these principles of generating sound and musical instruments can be everything and they can be found everywhere. The ones that you find in the toy stores are most of the times very attractive because they carry these very beautiful overtones in their ground noise level or they tend to be totally unpredictable which makes a high potential for surprising results.
Harald 'Sack' Ziegler was born in 1961 in Berlin and is living in Cologne since 1986. He was studying music and composition in Frankfurt, his main instrument is the french horn. Since 1986 he is working for televison and radio stations as a music corrector. More or less at the same time he started to compose and perform his own music and got involved in the 80ies tape scene (published more than 30 solo tapes and contributed to more than 100 compilation tapes distributed over europe through the network of the tape scene in editions of 100-300 copies). Harald is involved in numerous projects from radioplays to classical music and well known in Germany for remarkable live performances featuring his collection of toy instruments and lovely underground popsongs.
He was a guest musician for Kreidler (live), Mouse on Mars (contribution to the CD "Iaora Tahiti"), Faust (live) and Arosa2000 (contribution to multimedia CD The Electronic Dreamplant). His discography is enormous and you should have a look at his webpage www.haraldsackziegler.com for more info.
Frank Schueltge "Blumm" was born in 1968 in Bremen and lives in Berlin where he is working as a musician and a producer for radioplays. Besides his contributions to the Sack&Blumm he is involved in the production of radioplays with Rininat Rebresch alias Christian Bremer "rebresch&blumm". With the support of drummer Ralf Jaeger he is playing in the duo 'STROEM', a instrumental postrock formation from Berlin.