Bernhard Wöstheinrich / The Redundant Rocker

Bernhard Wöstheinrich elicits meaning from abstraction in electronic music and painting. He has studied graphic design and has created an eclectic body of work in both graphics and music.

Among others he has worked with electronic musicians Ian Boddy, Erik Wøllo and Conrad Schnitzler and filmmaker Telemach Wiesinger. Bernhard has created numerous album artworks for the DiN, Unsung Records and Ozella labels and has been exhibiting his evocative paintings in his native Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, for the last 20 years. The Redundant Rocker’s latest album “Heart” has been released in 2009.

 

 

About the Redundant Rocker

drawing_christineThe alter ego The Redundant Rocker was created around 2002, and it finally established itself with the release of “Collider“. Since then, the monicker somehow co-existed with and influenced Bernhard’s other diverse projects; the realm of The Redundant Rocker and all the rest (which actually don’t have dedicated names) just mutually enhanced each other, there is no cusp between his projects, and you may find Redundant Rocker music under the names “Bernhard” and “Bernhard Wöstheinrich” as well, and the other way around.

The name The Redundant Rocker ironically alludes to a certain kind of replaceability in modern art and music: with today’s technology, anyone could easily be replaced with a drum (or coffee) machine.

The person behind The Redundant Rocker, Bernhard Wöstheinrich, is a composer, painter, graphic designer, performer, small town bohemian, failed control freak, and, finally, even a record label owner in Germany. His projects and albums have been released on a variety of labels and span different fields of electronic and ambient music.

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click on the image to see a gallery of Bernhard’s paintings

A Quantum History

Bernhard started in about 1987 to intensely experiment with his own sounds and tunes after he found out that drawing and painting simply weren’t enough to adequately express himself. He went about to find something that might had a more “performing” approach. Inspired by the likes of Einstürzende Neubauten and other informal and experimental music, he finally began to work in a very personal way to compose and record some early tapes. The rest, as they say, is history.