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At the still point of the turning world,
neither flesh nor fleshless;
neither from nor towards;
at the still point,
there the dance is,
but neither arrest nor movement.
And do not call it
fixity,
where past and future are gathered.
Neither movement from nor towards,
neither ascend nor decline. Except for the point,
the still point,
there would be no dance - and there is only
the dance.

T. S. Eliot in "Burnt Norton"     



the_empath, a.k.a. mike erkau, has been part of electronic music since 1993 and he started releasing his own work on cdrs in 1999.

shortly after he began to do remixes for other artists and won the 2004 congress of media award in the audio category. the award was for his remix of 'no protection' (originally by utr).

four years later (2008) he turned the tables by releasing the 'second earth remix project' which included remixes of his work by ab ovo, def, fractional, heimstatt yipotash, sunao inami and others (more info...).

at the same time working as a media engineer and tutor, mike was able to acquire advanced technical skills in video technology too. his live shows are always combined with a video performance which is strictly balanced to the audio tracks (good examples are consider:noize and elektroanschlag or maschinenfest). under the brand name 'subroom medialab' he is bookable as VJ (he did many video shows for xabec, heimstatt yipotash, kiew, 13th monkey, morbus m., underwater pilots, tzolk'in...)


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latest release:

GROWING UNREST - digital release


meanwhile

release date: 25.03.2014

released on
hymen records

with this digital release the_empath presents both an appetizer to his forthcoming full length album and an updated view of this project's current emotional and musical status. 'growing unrest' is a sonic allegory for the interplay between outer and inner forms of unrest, where the 'outer' stands for global conflicts of the individual and society with their environment and 'inner' signifies personal conflicts and helplessness in our private everyday life. at the same time, this release states a striving for balance, harmony and serenity and therefore an overcoming of unrest.

musically, 'growing unrest' offers a vast array of beats and ambiences, ranging from dubstep and drum'n'bass to abstract electronica and chilling ambient, presented in the_empaths very own unique style. three remixes by dirk geiger, to travel without any certain destination and sendform & sniplab complete this release with unique interpretations of mike erkau's tracks. 'growing unrest' is an intriguing and inviting release which should not be missed by any open minded listener.




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latest remixes appear on:

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latest compilation tracks:


trackology (special derivative) on
emerging organisms 5 (tympanik audio)


quietude on snowflakes IV (raumklang music)

Meanwhile (short mix) on sealt S10

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follow me: facebook | videos: youtube | vimeo 
buy @ ant-zen mailorder | bandcamp | discogs

listen: soundcloud | lastfm | µspace | µremixes