photo: Staublau-gallery, Oldenburg, Northgermany, May 2019 / solo-exhibition 'Modulierte Materialität'


In 1981 the earliest musical experiments involved reel-to-reel recordings of short-waves and acoustic noises that were arranged in the stereo-field to complete compositions of musique-concrète. After various activities within the worldwide tape-scene from 1985-1993 Siegmar Fricke concentrated on his solo-works and also on collaborations with important figures of the experimental scene who are specialized in idiosyncratic sound-architecture, decomposition and innovation: CONRAD SCHNITZLER, MAURIZIO BIANCHI from Milano, GIANCARLO TONIUTTI from Udine, EBERHARD KRANEMANN (ex-Pissoff) from Germany, BRENT GUTZEIT from USA. PHARMAKUSTIK is related to medical subjects because the working-methods on sound have similarities to surgical procedures: cutting acoustic particles, decomposing, involving granular-synthesis and complex parameters for complete dissection and re-implantation of electronic fragments. Beside many CDs and net-releases worldwide there are various vinyl-records by PHARMAKUSTIK so far: "Neurochemie" (2010 on www.rotorelief.com), the limited private transparent vinyl-edition of the "Cryosection"-EP (2013) plus collaboration LPs with Conrad Schnitzler and Le Syndicat. Since 2014 Pharmakustik regularly releases material on 'NO', the innovative label run by ATOM™ and MATERIAL OBJECT. 

In 2020 the Spanish label VERLAGSYSTEM published a vinyl-LP-edition of BESTATTUNGSINSTITUT (pre-Pharmakustik 1988-1993) entitled 'Glandular Formations'.

Vinyl-releases in 2021: 1. CONRAD SCHNITZLER + PHARMAKUSTIK 'Schubkraft' (www.rotorelief.com, France). 2. KRANEMANN + PHARMAKUSTIK (www.rotorelief.com)

Beside all musical activities Siegmar Fricke has been working on mixed-media collages and paintings since 1984; his current decomposed mixed-media-collages involve fleece-material, combined with colours, paper, cardboard, filling compound etc. to form complex organic textures. 41 mixed-media-collages were shown during his solo-exhibition 'Modulierte Materialität' at Staublau-gallery Germany between May and June 2019.  Siegmar Fricke recently started a series of collages with 'high-dosed political impact', consisting of overpainted / chemically treated  newspapers which are later re-scanned for a blown-up digital print on canvas.