!!* has been writing, recording and contributing to internet-based compilations since the mid 1990s. Resistant to genre ghettos, !!* started by making intuitive compositions (following where the chosen sounds led) interspersed with covers made with a mashup of styles. Later, !!* discovered the joys of working to imposed sets of constraints, such as using layers of sounds made by only one synthesiser.
Based in Sydney, !!* is the musical alter ego of Bernie Maier, who also develops software including the highly constrained Fifth Degree MIDI Sequencer app. In the Unix world, the ‘!’ is often called “bang” and the ‘*’ character is sometimes called splat.
RELEASES ON CLAN ANALOGUE RECORDINGS:
CA046: Analogue Redux: Hardware Explorations | Various Artists