Dragan ESPENSCHIED

(DE)

Artist, designer, programmer, musician and lecturer. In 1995 he founded, together with Bernhard Kirsch, the home computer band Bodenständig 2000. He studied Communication Design at Merz Akademie Stüttgart, finishing in 2001 with the project insert_coin, developed jointly with Alvar Freude. Since 2000 he is a lecturer at Merz Akademie in the New Media pathway, teaching about art and design online, digital culture and folklore, programming.

Deluxe Mjuzakk Zerbastel Kit, 1993-2000
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Computer software

The Deluxe Mjuzakk Zerbastel Kit for the Atari Falcon 030 computer is the software behind many Bodenständig 2000 smash hits like Orko kann nicht mehr zaubern or Party ganze nacht. It features CD quality 16-bit sound! However, as there is seldom more than four megabytes of RAM in such a computer and almost 700 kilobytes are already eaten up by the operating system and the software itself, Bodenständig 2000 was often forced into using very short samples and repetitive lyrics.
As the first “sound tracker” of its kind, Deluxe Mjuzakk Zerbastel Kit allowed what is today called a “bounce”: rendering a WAVE file of the composition to disk. This was a major step for bringing tracker music to “real” sound carriers of that time (audio CDs), without the need for more equipment than the computer itself. This inspired and enabled the creation of Maxi German Rave Blast Hits 3, the world’s first home computer folk album released by Rephlex Records in 1999.

Software authors: Frank Marvin Weigel, Bernhard Kirsch and Dragan Espenschied (Bodenständig 2000)

Battle of the Lofi Digicams, 1998-2008
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13 different objects and sites captured with 3 different digital cameras

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”
– Arthur C. Clarke, Profi les of the Future, 1961

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Hupel Pupel-Magazine, 2005
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Comic magazine

The Hupel Pupel Magazine contains comics created using a Game Boy camera with the built-in paint/stamp tools and a Palm running TealPaint 4.4.

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