The organizers of NIGHTLY BUILD - a bunch of really nice people - have picked a name for their conference that really gets my imagination going. So for their theme song I sat down, wrote some lyrics and came up with a composition that a friend of mine placed in the imaginary genre named "electronic opera". To find out what exactly he means by that I suggest you simply follow the link right here.
For those of you who are the more visually inclined kind of folks, I have a shorter version combined with some really great imagery. It's the titles of course. And it goes like this:
To Make the right connection
The conference CONVERSION SUMMIT in Frankfurt has been around for a couple of years. One of the organizers saw me at the BEYOND TELLERRAND in spring, liked what he heard and decided to book me for their event in the fall. I guess that's the best compliment one can get. Thank you very much. I was honored. So much, that I came up with one of my best theme songs so far. I had a blast, I rocked the venue. I have the best job in the world. Here is the song.
Makin' it super fancy
When Rachel Nabors started her talk at the BEYOND TELLERRAND 2015 with the words "I stayed up extra late, makin' it super fancy just for you" I knew right away that she not only had presented me with a wonderful hookline for a song but also with a new life motto. So I gave it my very best to come up with a super fancy song just for you. Turn up your speakers because here is
Blank Page - Makin' It Super Fancy (feat. Rachel Nabors)
You, Me, Them, Us, Everybody, Everybody
We were back at the wonderful Capitol Theater in Düsseldorf for the latest BEYOND TELLERRAND experience. Such a treat to serve the crowd my latest compositions. Naturally I had a brandnew theme song up my sleeve. Put on your dancing shoes for here it is.
Happy on a scale from zero to ten
He is a master graphic designer, did album artwork for Lou Reed, the Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Aerosmith and put together the art exhibition "The Happy Show" touring the US and Canada.
I'm talking about Stefan Sagmeister.
For ten years he's been researching the subject happiness. At the BEYOND TELLERRAND BERLIN he told us with his lovely Austrian accent everything about his findings and conclusions. It comes as no surprise that I had to make a song out of it.
His reaction to the tune "Hahahahahahah! This is hilarious! Thank you! Wonderful!" My guess: on a scale from zero to ten this is a perfect ten.
Into the wild
New stuff coming your way. I've just released two new instrumentals into the wilderness of the www. Let Me Explain, it's the Twilight Traveller.
Electric current, a trigger in the head
The location is set, the welcome speech rehearsed, the lights go down and the people come in: yes, everybody, it's time for a new theme song. An artificial children's choir and a philosophical robot are having a get-together with the architects of time. Check it out.
Exciting days in Berlin
What a show. BEYOND TELLERRAND again. This time, for the fist time in Berlin at the marvelous Admiralspalast in the heart of the city. Sold out - this seems to be the new default with the BYConf these days.
I had a wonderful spot on the stage where I could share my songs and spirit with everybody perfectly. And boy, did the music get me. It was awesome, I had such a great time, singing, dancing, shouting and getting busy with my midi controllers - speaking of which: my very own custom made controller, build by a genius kid from my neighborhood made it's stage debut.
My performance was rewarded by an overwhelming positive feedback from the audience. Thank you guys. You really are a fantastic community. And thanks to all the write up writers for mentioning me, I'm honored. Let me give you some examples:
Lisa Larson-Kelly, Eden Spiekermann, Denkwerk, Susanne Studt, Martin Kohlhaas
We're nightly build
Isn't that a wonderful name for a conference: nightly build. OK, I know it's a term in the programming business. But in my case it gets my poetic imagination going. I had the honor of being a part of this brand new conference in Cologne.
This is where the fun starts
As promised here is the first song of the wonderful BEYOND TELLERRAND 2014 conference. This time I didn't plan on remixing the talks into music. But master doodler Jon Burgerman personally asked me for a take on his talk promising me to "sanction it". I was only familiar with that term in connection with South Africa in the 80's. "No, no, he said, I mean I will promote it." I didn't have much of a choice after that. So there you go:
The Only Way To Test A Theory
The Boy is back in town
It's been a while. A year to be exact. Again I had the honor to be a part of the excellent BEYOND TELLERRAND conference. It was a sold out show, woo hoo. Due to his busy schedule my partner Fred applied for a leave of absence which I graciously granted. Yes, I'm such a nice guy. This means this time I did it all by myself.
Thank you for all the great compliments during the two days. Jon Burgerman kept asking: who is that strange guy with the computer and headphones by the side of the stage. Someone finally resolved the confusion: he is sampling the speakers and turns it into a live mix. So Jon walked up to me and kindly asked for a remix of his talk, promising to spread the word via his various world wide accounts and thus guaranteeing fame and fortune. How could I resist.
So that's what I'm working on right now. And to quote Mr Burgerman himself :
the only way to test a theory, is to do it!
2 songs / 7 days
Excitement! We've just finished our album BEYOND TELLERRAND. Now we are ready to launch. Over the course of a week we'll be putting two songs per day on the web via soundcloud. After that we'll make the whole album available as a download.
2 songs / 7 days -> Let's go!
baldower on soundcloud
Almost Ready To Roll
We are working feverishly on our first album. We had the pleasure of being a part of the BEYOND TELLERRAND conference, sampling the speakers and coming up with ad hoc compositions. It's these tracks that we are finetuning right now. We are very excited.
While the lyrical starting points are subjects like web, design and coding, the songs have turned into far more. Now we are talking about life, the universe and our dreams. It's interesting how words have their own way when they are mixed with music.
To wet your appetite we give you the recap video with a brandnew song of ours:
Please stay tuned for more to come.
Having done the music for the titles of BEYOND TELLERRAND 2012 it made sense to round up the experience by providing the music to the recap video. Here it is.
Sounds and Music
Marc Thiele, organizer of the wonderful BEYOND TELLERRAND conference called me up and asked: would you do the music for the titles of the upcoming November conference? Who can resist Marc, who is one of the nicest guys on the planet. Besides coming up with the music I also turned myself into a foley artist. So much fun I can tell you.
Yes, I play conferences, sampling the speakers and so forth. Find out more
All right now, let's play some music
Conversion Summit 2015
Theme Song of the CONVERSION SUMMIT 2015 conference in Frankfurt a. M.
Theme Song of the BEYOND TELLERRAND 2015 conference in Düsseldorf
Theme Song of the NIGHTLY BUILD 2015 conference in Cologne
Blank Page - Makin' It Super Fancy
featuring Rachel Nabors
How Happy Are You
featuring Stefan Sagmeister
The Only Way To Test A Theory
featuring Jon Burgerman
Let Me Explain
The Full Monty
All available BALDOWER Remixes on Soundcloud
What People Say
"Love it - very funny to hear myself in this way."
"When you're a speaker and you get recorded by him and five weeks later you get the song, you're like: this is awesome!"
"I love that he is sampling bits of the talk, remixing them and blasting the results. Better than the new Daft Punk Album."
"Hahahahahahah! This is hilarious! Thank you! Wonderful!"
"Its truly a unique and amazing creation!"
"Hey Tobi! You were a vital part of making the conference awesome and memorable."
"It was cool & freaky"
"We were greeted by a DJ, Tobi Lessnow (...)
I don’t know where he got the energy — or those moves — that early in the morning, but it was fantastic."
"Eine Konferenz braucht kein WLAN. Ein DJ für die Pausen ist aber definitv eine gute Idee. Tobi Lessnow hat einen riesen Job gemacht!"
Attendee via twitter
"...nebst genialem DJ Tobi Lessnow..."
"Hinter den Turntables stand Tobi Lessnow. Er generierte während der Vorträge aus live mitgeschnittenen Sound-Samples der Sprecher und Loops jeweils einen Soundtrack, den er im Anschluss live performte, sehr toll!"
Markus Breuer/Kathrin Schiebler
"The DJ Tobi Lessnow records snippets of every talk and remixes them into individual songs that play during the breaks. Also, he created the theme song; a terrific ear worm that will be stuck in your head forever once you hear it."