Yog-SothothDear friends of electronic music, this is Michael Wilkes aka Yog-Sothoth. I was born in Cologne / Germany in 1969. I got interessted in electronic music in the seventies, when I listened to records like "Magic Fly" by Space, "Oxygene" and "Equinoxe" by Jean Michel Jarre or "Die Mensch-Maschine / The Man-Machine" by Kraftwerk. But especially I love a kind of EM called "Berliner Schule (Berlin school)", that got popular with German artists like Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream or Harald Grosskopf. In the eighties, I loved listening to a German radio show called "Schwingungen" that was hosted by Winfrid Trenkler. This was my personal reason, to try making own electronic music.

Also I have always been fascinated by synthesizers, therefore on the 26th of May 1991, me and a friend of mine (André Willms) began making our own music. We called ourselves "Mystical Light" and our first and only album was titled "Beyond the Horizon", but it never got released. However, we had a really cool slogan on our album, that read: "Deep in the Night, there´s a Mystical Light... beyond the Horizon, it´s shining bright..." With the technique of these days (I used Commodore C64 and Amiga computers with Soundtracker, TFMX, Keyboard Controlled Sequencer KCS and Music-X) I got disappointed by my own music, and therefore I dropped the idea of making music for many years...

In 2009 I got in contact with popular electronic musician Axel Stupplich (aka Axess of Pyramid Peak) out of Leverkusen and we became friends, cause we share partly the same hobbies, like astronomy and EM. Axel inspired me to "reload" my musical career and his influence and help is represented in my actual setup (both, hardware and software)... Just a few weeks later, my first song was finished and I dedicated it to Axel: "Tribute to Axess"... I also re-adapted my old songs and truely hope, they sound much better than they did in 1991. I offer my original 1991 song versions for download, but be prepared, they sound awful!

(Many thanks to Axel Gronostay for the photo and Corinna Koth for the Yog-Sothoth logo.)
And now about my nickname: "Yog-Sothoth" is a horror character of H.P. Lovecrafts Cthulhu mythology... My deep gratitude goes to Axel and H.P for their inspiration! Since 2010 I am also a member of German "Schallwende e.V.", friends and supporters of electronic music.

On the 10th of March 2012, I received the Schallwelle award for best newcomer 2011 at the Planetarium Bochum. My deepest gratitude to the jury for this honour! My friend André Willms (aka Astral Cookies) is also back in music again, therefore we resurrected our project "Mystical Light". Let´s have a look, what will result out of this cooperation (You will find links to Mystical Light and Astral Cookies on the linksite).

(Photo: Axel "Axess" Stupplich and Andreas Morsch (both Pyramid Peak) and Harald Grosskopf (Ashra).)

(Lower photo: Science journalist Daniel Fischer)
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Daniel Fischer          Schallwelle award
Here a short listing of electronic musicians and bands I like to listen to and also a manufacturers list of gear that I use:
Akasha Project, Alan Parsons Project, Alien Nature, Ambient Circle, Andreas Vollenweider, Axess & Maxxess, BatteryDead, Bernd Kistenmacher, Brian Eno, Broekhuis Keller & Schönwälder, Chilltopia, Chris Hülsbeck, David Parsons, Der Laborant, F.D. Project, Geodesium, Glenn Main Henriksen, Harald Grosskopf, Holle Mangler, Jean Michel Jarre, Jens Zygar, Johan Tronestam, John Carpenter, John Dyson, Jonn Serrie, Karl Bartos, Kevin Braheny, Kitaro, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Mark Dwane, Martin Galway, Matzumi, Megabyte, Michael Stearns, Mike Oldfield, Moonbooter, Nisus, Paul Hardcastle, Picture Palace Music, Pyramid Peak, Rainbow Serpent, Rob Hubbard, Ron Boots, Rüdiger Lorenz, Schiller, Software, Space, Star Sounds Orchestra, Stefan Erbe, Synth.NL, Tangerine Dream, The Voyager Project, TMA & Friends, Uwe Reckzeh, Vangelis, Wavestar, Yanni.

Arturia, Behringer, Best Service, Casio, Clavia, DigiTech, Doepfer, Electro-Harmonix, Fame, Fender (Squier), Heet Sound, Korg, M-Audio, Miditech, Moog, Music Store, Musikhaus Thomann, Novation, Ploytec, Roland, RØDE, Spectrasonics, Steinberg, TerraTec, Waldorf, Yamaha, Zoom.