built from the words wert and stahl. it was coined in november 1998,
with the sole intent of being prominent.
it previously was just the name of my techno-industrial band, and now is my universal nickname, too.
my real name is sebastian ivo hartmann. i am a producer and audio-engineer (but i do many other things professionally, too).
this page, which focuses on all the past and current musical works of wertstahl, is not a blog. it is more like a
101-2017. Experiment, Test, Tweak, Export. Plus i really fell in love with the Spessart.
From Proto-Italic wideo,
from proto-indo-European weyd ("to know; see").
Cognates include Ancient Greek eído, Mycenaean Greek wi-de,
Sanskrit vétti, Russian vídet,
Old English witan (English wit), German wissen,
Macedonian vidi, Swedish veta..
" We Americans are slow(*) to anger. We always seek peaceful avenues before resorting to the use of force -
- and we did. We tried quiet diplomacy, public condemnation, economic sanctions,
and demonstrations of military force. "
(*) The United States of America conducted retaliation airstrikes on Libya 9 days after the disco club "La Belle"
in Berlin was targeted by a terrorist bomb attack, allegedly orchestrated by the Libyan secret service. As of current state of knowledge, the U.S. government allegiations were refuted,
so being stated in a report by german ZDF TV FRONTAL Magazine on August 25th, 1998.
46-2017. (D) is for Dystopic
Praepostfaktischer Neoklassizismus der deutschen Realitaetsverzerrung.
So afraid of the future are many, that the twisting of reality shall be our business.
Make it scary. Make it unsafe.
A great thunder. A screen of dust and smoke. An urgent message.
Back in the days when we turned our backs on the gothic circus kindergarden.
Even more legacy.
Remember when you did something for the first time? Well, i do. Ofcourse, from a professional view, there is
always a little pain involved in the first time, but the initial thought just counts. Like a seed.
So here it is. The very first recording of the Wertstahl prototype, called CombatLinkK, created in 1991. When First Words
was recorded directly to tape, in 1993 we had no idea of how we could achieve professionality, so brace yourselves. This is
the rough shit.
Get the 2016 revised edition plus bonus versions right here:
It took quite some time to mix and master. I hope you enjoy it as much as i do.
We made this:
It is so beautiful.
The peeps in Hacknet appreciated the quality of my sounds by using one in their game.
Keep up the great work!
For your ultimate chilled layedbackness, i stirred together these fine tunes:
Park your Panzer in the bush and sip a beer!
Industry is futile. The corrosion of subculture will fuck everything up. Ev. ery. thin. g!
vapor is the new new.
these stairs, they lead DOWN
Awakening of the Weird Species
A generous 3x MP3 download offering - super fresh stuff!
From below the melting permafrost Awakening of the Weird Species comes to you as a gift from the nice folks in Sethnefer,
Fleischdolls and Wertstahl. It is a little appetizer for your ears and minds of what to expect in 2016. These are not just ordinary remixes,
but the result of long time spiritual connectedness.
mnt.mn, producer of Fleischdolls was so nice to hack together some few lines of code,
so i can show you how the excellent guitars* of Sethnefer,
the freshness of Fleischdolls-Sound and the weirdness of Wertstahls' intense moments of highest concentration
work together elegantly.
Click on the red picture above or
here to go to the player, directly.
*("Organe Und Gewebe" by Fleischdolls also contains guitars by Sethnefer!)