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Alexander Hacke - BORSIGWERKE - The Complete Recordings of Alexander von Borsig

Alexander von Borsig is from Berlin-Neukölln. From an early age he was fascinated by science fiction and horror films and whose sounds he tried to imitate with a microphone and a cassette recorder. It was only later that he fell in love with, preferably very strange, electronic music and upon intensive begging was given a semi-modular Korg MS-20 analogue synthesizer for Christmas in 1978 and a Roland CR-78 rhythm machine for his fourteenth birthday in October of the following year.

Inspired by groups like Throbbing Gristle, Suicide or Chrome, he not only began to produce his own music with these instruments, but also to invent the myth of his persona. Since his father worked as a mechanical engineer for the renowned Borsig company and provided him with advertising stickers, which Alexander used to decorate the walls of the relevant Berlin nightclubs, his pseudonym quickly established itself, which he embellished with the story of a noble child prodigy stemming from the long-lost von Borsig family.

Borsig joined the newly founded group Einstürzende Neubauten for a few concerts in 1980. He fell in love with Christiane F., after a performance at the Hamburger Markthalle with whom he moved to Sankt Pauli the following year. Alexander provided the opening act for Einstürzende Neubauten and eventually advanced to the status of stage musician. After three years he separated from Christiane, who had relapsed and started taking heroin again, and from then on and to this day appears in countless projects and collaborations under his real name: Alexander Hacke.

The complete recordings were released May 10th via Mauerstadtmusik