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originally released on manikin records in late 1998, "nodular" became ramp's first major exposure to the world of electronic music.

billed as "germany's response to britain's invasion of sequencer-based and mellotron-heavy retro electronica from redshift, radio massacre international, and node", ramp quickly became more than just a word-of-mouth recommendation among listeners of the genre. in fact, "nodular" turned out to be one of the label's best-selling albums of the year, being a close second to ashra's "private tapes".

in the course of the years "nodular" has become a bit of a classic album release in the style commonly known as "berlin school", and no-one less than brian lustmord once complimented ramp on the release. now, if that's not a recommendation i don't know what is.

ultimately, the limited-edition release of 444 copies (hence the subtitle "444 oscillators") sold more than 800 copies before it became unavailable in around 2004/05. every now and then, original copies change hands at outrageous prices on the internet so it's about time to make the album available in its original form as a digital download and celebrate ramp's 21st birthday this way.


released December 1, 1998

all music conceived, improvised, and performed by ['ramp].

track 1 was recorded at essen university on 31st march 1996.
tracks 2 to 4 were recorded live in concert at inselsaal marl on 29th august 1997.
track 5 was recorded live in concert at kontakt erfttal neuss on 15th november 1997.
track 6 was recorded at studio offener kanal bürgerfunk in marl on 27th august 1996.

original mix-down by cosmic hoffmann.

prepared for digital download by stephen parsick.


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Originally founded in the spring of 1996. The name refers to the Dutch word "de ramp" which means "disaster" or "catastrophe".

Between 1997 and 2003, ['ramp] released a string of albums and played a couple of concerts in the Netherlands, the UK, and Germany before Parsick went entirely solo in 2009.

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