Byetone is the solo performance pseudonym of Olaf Bender, one of the key faces behind the label Raster. His signature sound is minimalist and rhythm-based, with a rock attitude that can do without too much processing and decoration; an archaic, rebellious type of music full of energy.
Now a cult figure in Berlin IDM and minimal techno circles, Bender’s creative work began years ago, with the casual finding of 16mm film equipment during school time. From that moment on, he started experimenting with film as a medium and raw material. His involvement in the East German underground band AG Geige motivated him to get into musical aspects, eventually leading to the founding of rastermusic, which would later morph into Raster-Noton.
Bender’s early musical and visual explorations have laid the foundations for his extraordinary AV-shows, which he performs with the ultimate conviction and precision. Bridging the gap between the gallery and dancefloor, Byetone has become a returning familiar face at TodaysArt and countless other festivals around the world.
Photo by Bela Bender