The music of FM Einheit is also a visual form of communication. The techno-music pioneer has used sheets of metal, rocks and historical speech recordings as some of his instruments.
"My father was an architect," Einheit said during a phone call from his home in Germany. "And I guess he inspired me to make my art something people could hear and see."Einheit is one of the artists in the "How Low You Can Go" tour that will stop in Salt Lake City Saturday, March 14, at Bricks, 579 W. 200 South. Doors open at 7 p.m. Other artists to perform are Pigface, Scorn Bagman and Not Breathing.
Enheit (born Frank Martin Strauss) said one of the perks of touring with a lineup like this is meeting the other musicians.
"You meet a lot of interesting people," Einheit said. "The type you wouldn't normally meet. And those are the types of people that inspire me to take risks, and lead me to create more provocative music."
Einheit said his music isn't about having an agenda or political point of view that needs to be announced. It's more about getting in touch with the audience on an intimate level."I might think differently than others," Einheit said. "But my concern is finding that someone who can understand what I'm doing. If I can inspire just one person, then I've done what I set out to do."
Einheit refined his creative mind as part of a band called Einstuerzende Neubautenin. The band was part of the underground music of Berlin, known as the Die Geniale Dilletanten, a dadaistic movement aimed to level all musical conventions.
Metal plates, electric drills, metal cutters and circular saws were part of the instruments used.
"We were in an altered state and basically looked at regular objects and thought, `How can we make mu-sic from these,' " Einheit said with a laugh. "That's how that rumor began.
"I've always been the type of person who tries to make the best out of a situation - to take advantage of it. But I got sick of it."
Einheit left Einstuerzende eight years ago to pursue his own muse.
"I had done some commissioned work (he produced albums for KMFDM, Die Krupps and PIG) but felt constrained," he said. "So I started looking for a new band."