Task Horizon – is an internationally acclaimed drum & bass act hailing from Switzerland. Despite having released seminal material on some of the finest labels over the years, they set up Evolution Chamber Recordings, which provides an independent platform for their music.

"Mad scientist producer/DJ meets (equally mad) music professor. Add two sound technicians and a renowned artist and label manager ...and the rest is history."

This would be the most accurate way to describe (in a nutshell) one of the most successful drum & bass acts ever to come out of rugged and rustic little Switzerland. Ever since striking out a decade ago on a rebellious path defined by uncompromising quality, artistic integrity and stylistic freedom, their covert sonic guerilla tactics orchestrated from within the remote alpine heartland have consistently placed them on the favourites lists of key players throughout the scene.

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  • 20. Sep 2019

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Past
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Interlinked EP (EATBRAIN073)

Task Horizon return to Eatbrain with the four track Interlinked EP, furthering their hi-tech drum & bass sound following the release of the Overclocking Reality EP on the label in February of 2018. The titular Interlinked leaps almost immediately into overdrive, surging forth from the gate with razor sharp basses and speeding percussion. Featured next is the Immortality Protocol VIP, a reworking of their previous collaboration with Magnetude that maintains the original’s cinematic atmosphere whilst warping its bassline into a sinister & swarming sonic texture. Tacerface’s shocking syncopated rhythms impact with unparalleled power through their expression via devastatingly weaponised percussive elements. Closing the EP is Technosh!t, which moves with steady pace as shimmering melodics float atop its motive beat. With Interlinked, Task Horizon once more display the unique synthesis of skill borne of their four-part collaborative effort, displaying their tech-fuelled sound with continued devotion.

Evolution Chamber Release (EVOC007)

Their latest offering, Nostromo & Hyperion, further forges their path towards technically flawless, evocative drum & bass. A-side Nostromo highlights the groups' prolific sound design, delving deep into the sci-fi world of neuro and writing a story all their own. High energy and high octane, the atmosphere is simultaneously eerie and breathtaking, and the production even more so. The track evolves over time, with new elements constantly being added without ever losing the overarching story. A true testament to their combined skills as producers. The other side of the single is Hyperion, delivering a much more ominous intro, with haunting melodies that whisper over a much starker drumbeat. The track has a subtle 80s flair coming from some of the samples used, and carries a unique groove that can be hard to find in neuro. A style Task Horizon have truly mastered.

Overclocking Reality EP (EATBRAIN052)

Task Horizon’s hiatus was a mystery felt throughout the world of drum & bass secluded within the mountains of Switzerland, their scrupulously engineered cuts once littered the sets artists across the genre’s spectrum. And for the New Year, they’ve delivered a five track EP of standalone tracks and collaborations for Eatbrain, a label who’ve taken dominion over the underground’s most vital corners.

The foursome are about to unleash their technically orchestrated Overclocking Reality package onto the masses. Its title-track rolls out with a deceptive intro, one which begins to swell amongst rolling drums pads and ethereal synths. Up next comes a collaboration with German stalwarts Neonlight, delivering a melting pot of stellar musical aptitudes. Enigma Machine is fast paced, unforgiving and oozes with menace, whilst featuring orchestral undertones that nod to the expert musicality of both production groups. Magnetude also jump on board for Immortality Protocol, another sci-fi inspired record pumping with extra terrestrial samples and metallic percussion. Next up, M-920 Cain crashes forward with hollowed kicks and robotic vocal snippets, a dancefloor-lead anthem which is chaotic in its detonation. And finally, your aural synapses are snared by finishing track Flight Simulator. Each electronically keyed note and rattling hi-hat leaves you mercilessly submerged, before the record breaks down into growling bass riddims and fluctuating distortion. Task Horizon has resurfaced and with the platform of a formidable imprint. Beside Eatbrain, they’re marked to once again inject their vision into the DNA of drum & bass.

Evolution Chamber Release (EVOC006)

It’s the welcome return of Task Horizon, long hailed for their ability to drop deadly tech-driven thrillers on the dancefloor worldwide. Like renegade rebels on a distant moon who have been sharpening their skills and preparing their plan of attack, Task Horizon come roaring out of the shadows not only with fresh tunes and a reinvigorated energy but with a relaunch of their Evolution Chamber imprint. Having transformed from a Swiss duo into a quartet, the heavyweight sound of Task Horizon seems to have taken an anabolic boost as well.

Take the sci-fi driven Rogue Transmission that blazes its way through the outer reaches of the universe, expertly piloting the listener through the jagged edges of an ever-evolving soundscape. Still, it’s the bit we’re premiering below, Forbidden Planet, that showcases all that the crew is bringing to the table. An epic cinematic intro paves the way for a brain-rattling drop that serves as a kind of primal call to arms. The filthy wall of synth-bass brings on the alien shivers before a stepping beat extends the breakdown to the point of no return. Just when you think the tension can’t hold, Task Horizon hit the switch and let the beat proper comes crushing in.

Link & Podcasts

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About Task Horizon

Since the beginning, Aaron von Schroeder, Jean-Michel Thomet, Florian Sutter and Tim Kleinert have been heavily influenced by the primordial, pounding sonics of drum & bass. Born in Switzerland, and known by their stage name Task Horizon, they drew on the long, dark winter months to help craft their music in sonic solitude. Against this backdrop, they’ve seen their reputation steadily grow, moving, with each technologically unsurpassed record they’ve released, from strength to strength.

The four artists’ individual journeys began at a young age. Aaron was introduced to the early electronic music of the legendary figureheads Klaus Schulze and Jean-Michel Jarre. Aaron’s passion for electronic music was nurtured throughout his teenage years, when he was introduced to the 174bpm genre. Hooked instantly by its energy and mood, this newly found art-form became the pivotal point of his entire life. He’d go on to buy a pair of turntables at age 20, becoming a regular buyer of records, always scouring through collections to find the most contemporary sounds and was enlisted at the School of Audio Engineering in Zurich. Aaron set up his own recording studio in the bohemian setting of an abandoned and dilapidated factory plant nestled in the outskirts of Zurich. He then found companionship in Tim, a jazz piano player and music teacher at Zurich’s University of the Arts, who was also working out of the same setting. Tim could play his first chord at the tender age of 4, and it was from then on that he began his obsession with music. The factory is where Tim stationed his personal practice room and during his breaks, he’d comb through Aaron’s most recent productions. From here, their relationship blossomed. The unique encounters of a ‘mad scientist’ producer, an (equally mad) synthesizer virtuoso resulted in a merging of talents giving rise to a hard-hitting musical concoction and Task Horizon was born. Their unrivalled imagination and the combination of their forward-thinking production saw them sign a debut release on ‘Sudden Def’ in 2004. ‘Monkey Mash’ and ‘Guardian’ was their first single, piquing curiosity around the duo and showcasing their enviable production standards. This then lead them to a collaboration with Pedro Rodrigues, creating dancefloor anthem ‘Kill the Pain’. Released on the infamous C4C imprint, a pillar for underground drum & bass, their distinctive sound attracted many of the scene’s biggest players.

Florian began his career with drum & bass in 2014, after mastering the djembe (African drum) in his early years and spending his time poring over a vast range of musical instruments. Having worked as a light technician in some of Zurich’s most revered venues, as well as touring extensively with a punk rock band as a sound engineer, he’d always been deeply entrenched within the live circuit. Florian joined Aaron and Tim soon after and the duo became a trio.

Finally, Jean-Michel, who also works as a certified audio technician, both, on professional film sets and teaching location sound at the School of Audio Engineering in Zurich, joined Task Horizon in 2015. His wide musical taste, ranging from Audio Machine to the hard-hitting sound of Kill The Noise, is reflected in his music, and works its way directly into Task Horizon’s output. Together, their formidable team have been proved to be unshakeable.

Also releasing on DCSI4, Forbidden Society, Dissected Culture, Mainframe and Fokuz Recordings, Task Horizon have become a heavyweight part of the drum & bass back catalogue. Being on rotation across the radio airwaves, Task Horizon were quickly solidified as a force to be reckoned with. As well as their ‘Body Tetris’ release on Blackout Music in 2016, they’ve also released on their own imprint Evolution Chamber. Formed as a creative outlet without restrictions, they dropped a string of critically acclaimed records. 2017 saw the relaunch of Evolution Chamber, after the label took a brief hiatus which allowed the group to tour extensively. Performing globally, including DJ sets across the Atlantic on their North and South American tours, they’ve taken their music to the world’s every corner. Alongside a host of overwhelming A-list DJ support from the likes of Andy C, Friction, Noisia, Audio, and more, they pioneer a musical ability seldom seen. Their ascent looks to climb even higher for 2018... Already being held in such high esteem, this year Task Horizon are looking to hit legendary status.

Administrative Contact

TaskHorizon
Jean-Michel Thomet
Riedstrasse 3
6330 Cham, Switzerland
Mobile: + 41 79 956 80 20
Email: mail@taskhorizon.audio

Programming and Hosting

Devicenull Development
Oliver Cermann
Fon: +49 581 3891610
Fax: +49 581 3891612
Email: oliver.cermann@devicenull.de

Graphic Design

Gregor Szabo
Mobile: + 41 79 777 74 60
Email: gregors@ggaweb.ch

Photographers

David Oesch
Mobile: +41 79 725 77 71
Email: threehillsfilms@gmail.com

Michael Shepherd
Mobile: +41 76 342 50 77
Email: info@michael-shepherd.ch

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