Telekaster is the moniker used by Matthias Grübel for ambient/instrumental/experimental releases, like The Silent Anagram, Into Fields, At How Many Beats Per Life (2009-2011). Making use of guitars, effects, software and fieldrecordings Matthias creates floating instrumental music between textures and melody. After a solid decade in other projects and mainly working as a composer for theatre and dance, a new Telekaster LP is in the making and will be available in 2023. Telekaster was also an audiovisual live collaboration by Matthias Grübel and video-artist Stefan Bünnig between 2009 and 2013. Together they created a universe of abstract narration and associative beauty consisting of Matthias’ shimmering noisy soundscapes and Stefan’s minimal real-film sequences.

“A truly shining example of what being an ambient album should mean: similarity, not sameness. Reusing feelings, not ideas. In this sense, The Silent Anagram is entirely successful.When given the proper conditions, Telekaster has crafted music to bring you there, to whatever hazy, reverb-laden place that is; just grab a decent pair of headphones, turn down the lights, and take the trip.” (The Silent Ballet)

“The Silent Anagram (Panic Arrest/Rough Trade), das Debüt von Telekaster: Kreiselnde Loopgebilde, die eine Richtung finden und ein leicht metallisches Flirren erzeugen. Melodien und Akkorde kommen und gehen, es ist einfach schön.” (Groove)

“The Silent Anagram ist ein Gebilde aus Klangräumen, das beruhigender in seiner Unruhe kaum sein könnte. ‚All is sound’. Und so verliert sich auch die Stille im Klang und lässt das, was zwischen Kopf und Herz ist, im Gleichklang aus dem Takt schlagen.” (*lichter)

“Mit The Silent Anagram hat Matthias Grübels Projekt Telekaster eines der Überraschungsalben des Jahres gelandet. Tief und wie ein unwirkliches, stummes Theaterstück entfaltet sich die Platte.” (Beat Magazin)

“Immediately this record strikes me as kind of a middle ground between the minimal Minus Pilots album and the more varied, layered sound of the Cut Iowa Network LP (minus the drums), it definitely fits right in with the feel of the Panic Arrest label thus far so if you enjoyed those previous releases you’ll be in safe hands here. To add a little more comparative colour I’ll add that there are shades of Constellation-style post-rock, early Colleen, the twinklier moments of bands like Fridge and many an organic-sounding bedroom ambient electronica project from the past few years. All done to a super classy standard!” (Norman Records)

“The Silent Anagram features broken piano chords, swirling ambience and warm guitars. A hug made of music. Quiet, contemplative and somewhat impressionistic.” (Indiophile)

“Post rock is perhaps a term to fit this, but its all without drums and its definitely not static. This music is in constant flux, always on the move. A great record actually. Very melodic, without becoming a pop record. More modern classical, I’d say. A very pleasant and varied album. Highlight of the week.” (Vital Weekly)

live photography

01 sep 2012 sprengelpark, berlin (the headphone concert)
02 jun 2012 akademie der künste, berlin (matthias solo)
25 may 2012 soulkitchen, hamburg
29 mar 2012 ringlokschuppen, mülheim a.d ruhr
18 jan 2012 griessmühle, berlin
19 nov 2011 pop sur la ville festival, limoges
10 sep 2011 astra stube, hamburg
18 aug 2011 begehungen festival, chemnitz
06 aug 2011 jenseits von millionen festival, burg friedland
25 jun 2011 localize festival, potsdam
12 jan 2011 exerzierhalle/staatstheater, oldenburg
06 aug 2010 jenseits von millionen festival, burg friedland
16 jun 2010 unithea festival, frankfurt/oder
29 may 2010 festival visioni dal futuro, turin
30 apr 2010 sudhaus/alte kindl-brauerei, berlin
17 apr 2010 weltecho, chemnitz
10 apr 2010 paris syndrom/gfzk, leipzig [w/ petula]
09 apr 2010 die schöne stadt, halle
04 feb 2010 tonart festival für zeitaktuelle musik, esslingen
28 jan 2010 nbi, berlin [w/ stafraenn hakon]
23 nov 2009 westgermany, berlin
01 nov 2009 nbi, berlin [w/ trespassers william]
14 oct 2009 pop sur la ville festival, limoges [w/ sporto kantes]
13 oct 2009 international, paris [w/ stalk]
30 may 2009 schaubühne am lehniner platz, berlin
25 oct 2008 electronic church, berlin [w/ pillowdiver & the sight below]