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Thies Mynther (*1968), is a german composer, lyricist and producer. He is living and working predominantly in Hamburg and Berlin.

Since 1989 he contributed to over hundred album releases. As member of bands like Phantom/Ghost, Stella or Das Bierbeben, collaborator of Miss Kittin, Chicks On Speed and Dillon he has played over 1000 concerts in very diverse contexts.

 

Over the years he developed a growing interest in music set apart from the classical european tradition of harmonic functionality, in electronic club music and other musical languages. 

This fascination lead him to occasional sound design and score compositions for movies in the early years of the new millenium.

 

It was only a small step to the theatrical realm from there: Driven by a deep personal obsession with american musical theater he decided to dedicate himself to working with music in dramatic stage contexts in 2010.

He worked as composer, musician and musical director with a broad range of directors from Nicolas Stemann, Sebastian Baumgarten, Bastian Kraft, Brit Bartkowiak, Ulrich Matthes, but also with performative groups like Showcase Beat Le Mot and inititiated collaborations with artists like Cosima von Bonin (as Phantom Ghost) or israeli entrepreneur/actor/director Jason Danino Holt.

 

Among other places he has worked at the Schauspielhaus and Kampnagel in Hamburg, at Deutsches Theater, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Akademie der Künste and HAU in Berlin and at the National theater SND in Bratislava .

 

In 2014, as part of Retrospectres, a joint show of works by Phantom Ghost and Cosima von Bonin at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele/Kampnagel HH/Mumok Wien, a song book with 22 selected compositions by the group was published by Galerie Buchholz.

 

In 2016 he developed and produced the piece I Know It When I See It, a theatrical examination of pornography based on the biography of Georgina Spelvin, as part of the International Summer Festival at Kampnagel. 

 

In 2017 he worked with Mia Constantine and Josua Rösing, intensified his collaboration with Showcase Beat Le Mot and founded the production company Fairy Bot with Sandra Trostel, which is dedicated to cross-medial, transgressive narrative forms. He also won a prize at a Wave Field Synthesis Composition Contest organised by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

 

In 2018 he will contribute the soundtrack to All Creatures Welcome, a documentary about the communities around the Chaos Computer Club, an album/a musical performance with the artist Tellavision and a cybernetic piano recital with Veit Sprenger at HAU Berlin. 

 

Inspired by these works he will also dedicate himself to playful, form-setting hybrids of digital media and performative means in the context of conceiving contemporary, art-related forms of musical theatre.

 

 

CV

 

1990 

First record release, beginning of a career in pop culture as composer and lyricist and member of bands like Phantom Ghost, Stella, Superpunk.         

 

since 1995

Getting into music production. Works with Glove, Chicks On Speed, Miss Kittin, Dillon.

 

since  2004 

Composition and sound design for several movies.

 

seit 2009

Focus on the work with music and text in theatrical contexts.

 

 

PLAYS

 

2018

 

This Machine Kills

with Veit Sprenger and Anja Quickert

HAU Berlin - Premiere Oct. 2018

Composition, development and performance

 

Der Tod ist kein Geschäft

Staged reading for Heiner Mueller with Hermann Beyer, Corinna Harfouch, Markus Kunze, Jürgen Kuttner, Agnes Julia Mann, Bernd Moss, Veit Sprenger, Thies Mynther

Deutsches Theater Berlin
Arrangements and performance

 

2017

 

Showcase Beat Le Mot zeigen Gefuehle

by Showcase Beat Le Mot

Kampnagel Hamburg/FFT Düsseldorf

Composition and performance

 

Lehman Brothers
by Stefano Massini
Theater Regensburg

Direction: Josua Rösing

Composition and lyrics

 

Die Winterreise

by Elfriede Jelinek

Direction: Mia Constantine
Theater Regensburg
Arrangements and composition

 

2016

 

Das Feuerschiff                                     

by Siegfried Lenz

Deutsches Theater Berlin

Direction: Josua Rösing

Composition and arrangements

 

I Know it When I see It                   

by Jason Danino Holt/Thies Mynther/Ensemble

Direction: Jason Danino Holt

International Summer Festival Kampnagel Hamburg

Idea, coproduction, composition, performance

 

 

Gefühle II          

by Showcase Beat Le Mot           

Direction/Production: Showcase Beat Le Mot

HAU Berlin

Composition and performance

 

2015

 

Whore/Raful und das Meer       

by Jason Danino Holt, Jonathan Levy

Staged reading, Direction: Josua Rösing

Akademie der Künste Berlin

Arrangements and performance

 

Gefühle, nothing but

by Showcase Beat Le Mot            

Direction/Production: Showcase Beat Le Mot

HAU Berlin

Composition and performance

 

 

2014

 

Die Ballade vom fliegenden Holländer     

by Sebastian Baumgarten and Jörg Bochow

Direction: Sebastian Baumgarten

Schauspielhaus Hamburg

Arrangements and stage music (with Hauschka), musical conduction

 

Der Besuch der alten Dame       

by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Direction: Bastian Kraft

Deutsches Theater Berlin

Arrangements, stage music und musical direction 

 

Phantom Ghost-Retrospectres

by Phantom Ghost, Cosima von Bonin und Eike Wittrock       

Co-Direction:Johannes Müller/Philine Rinnert

Haus der Berliner Festspiele/Kampnagel Hamburg/Mumok Wien

Composition and performance

 

Das Land der ersten Dinge/Bludičky       

by Nino Haratischwili

Direction: Brit Bartkowiak

Deutsches Theater Berlin/National Theater SND Bratislava

Composition and arrangements

 

Lilli/Heiner                

by Lucie Depaux

Direction: Brit Bartkowiak

Staatstheater Mainz

Composition and arrangements

 

Parzival                    

by Lukas Baerfuss

Direction: Brit Bartkowiak

Deutsches Theater Göttingen

Composition and arrangements

 

2013

 

Wastwater                

by Simon Stephens

Direction: Ulrich Matthes

Deutsches Theater Berlin

Composition and arrangements

 

Yellow Line               

by Juli Zeh und Charlotte Roos

Direction: Brit Bartkowiak

Deutsches Theater Berlin

Music and sound design

 

Deportation Cast            

by Björn Bicker

Direction: Brit Bartkowiak

Oldenburgisches Staatstheater/Staatstheater Mainz

Composition and sound design

 

2012 

 

Muttersprache Mameloschn        

by Marianna Salzmann

Direction: Brit Bartkowiak

Deutsches Theater Berlin

Arrangements, sound design, musical production

 

2010

 

1534                    

Direction/Production: Showcase Beat Le Mot

by Showcase Beat Le Mot

Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin

Composition, arrangements, musical production

 

2009

 

Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe       

by Bertolt Brecht

Direction: Nicolas Stemann   

Deutsches Theater Berlin

Composition and musical direction

 

SCORES

 

"All Creatures Welcome" (Sandra Trostel, Fairy Bot, 2018)

“Another Fucking –––––” (Katharina Schubert, 2012)

"Die Anruferin" (Felix Randau, Wüstefilm, 2007)

"Lauf der Dinge" (Rolf Wolkenstein, Intervista, 2006)

"Mädchen Mädchen- Opening Song" (Denis Gansel, 2001)

 

SOURCE MUSIC

 

Herr Lehmann - "Phantoms and Ghosts"/Phantom/Ghost

Lammbock - "Hyperventilation Weeks"/Stella

Kurz und Schmerzlos- "Nunca Dire/Cocomoon"/Ninos Con Bombas

 

SOUND DESIGN

 

"LUK" ( Regie: Adnan Softic, Lomafilm, 2005)

"Wie ich ein freier Reisebegleiter wurde" (Regie: Jan Peters, Abbildungszentrum 2006)

„Die Braut“ (Regie: Roman Schaible, Wüste Film 2007)

„Altyapi“ (Regie: Fatih Akin, Corazón 2007)

„Fatih Akin- Tagebuch eines Filmreisenden“ (Regie: Monique Akin, Corazón 2007)

"Die Anruferin" (Regie Felix Randau, Wüstefilm, 2007)

„Utopia Ltd.“ (Regie: Sandra Trostel, Tiny Terror Productions 2010/2011)

“Everybody’s Cage” (Regie Sandra Trostel, 2015)

 

 

 

DISCOGRAPHY (Excerpts)

 

as musician/author/producer

 

Tellavison:

"Add Land" (to be released in late summer 2018)

 

Thies Mynther And Fee Kuerten:

"Let’s Become Pornography“ (Digital Release/Bloody Hands 2017) 

 

Dillon:

"The Unknown"  (CD/12Inches-BPitch Recordings 2014)

"This Silence Kills" (CD/12Inches-BPitch Recordings 2011)

 

Chicks on Speed:

"Will save us all" (LP/CD,Chicks On Speed Records, 2000)

"99 Cents" (LP/CD, Chicks On Speed Records/Labels, 2003)

 

Miss Kittin:

„i.com" (CD+2x12"+6x7", Labels, 2004) 

"Professional Distortion" (12inch, Labels, 2004) 

"Requiem for a hit" (12inch, Labels, 2004)

 

Phantom/Ghost:

"Phantoms and Ghosts" on Ladomat 100 (DoLP/CD, Ladomat Compilation, 2000)

"Phantom/Ghost" (CD, Ladomat, 2000)

"Electronic Alcatraz" (12inch, Ladomat, 2000)

"Perfect Lovers p.t 1+2" (2 12 inches, Ladomat, 2002)

"Nothing is written" ( 12inch/CDM, Ladomat/Mute, 2003

"To Damascus" (CD/LP, Ladomat/Mute, 2003)

"Born with a nervous Breakdown" (12inch, Ladomat/Mute, 2004)

"Three" (CD/LP, Lado/Dial, 2006)

"Thrown out of drama school“ (Dial 2009)

“ Pardon My English” (Dial 2012)

 

Superpunk:

"A bisserl was geht immer"  ( LP/CD L'Age d'Or/Fidel Bastro, 1999)

"Wasser Marsch" ( LP/CD L'Age d'Or, 2001)

"Neue Zähne für meinen Bruder und mich (Wigan Garage Mix)" (CDM, L'Age d'Or, 2001)

"Right back where we started from"(, 7 inch, L'Age d'Or, 2002)

"Ich bin kein Ignorant, ich bin kein Idiot" (CDM, L'Age d'Or, 2002)

"Einmal Superpunk, bitte!" (LP/CD, L'Age d'Or, 2004)

"Ich weigere mich, aufzugeben" (7inch/CDM L'Age d'Or, 2004)

 "Bitte verlass mich EP" (CDM, L'Age d'Or, 2005)

 "Können Sie das groß machen, bitte?!" (DVD+Live-CD, L'Age d'Or, 2006)

„Why not?“ (LP, Tapete Records 2007)

„ Die Seele des Menschen unter Superpunk“ (CD/LP Tapete Records, 2009)

 

Stella:

"Stella EP" (12inch, L´age d´Or, 1996)

"Ok tomorrow I´ll Be perfect" (7inch, L´age d´Or, 1997)

"Ok tomorrow I´ll Be perfect" (CD,L´age d´Or, 1997)

"Lower Saxony" (CDM, L´age d´Or, 1998)

"Extralife" (CD/LP, L´age d´Or, 1998)

"Extralife+Remixes" (CdM/12inch, L´age d´Or, 1998)

"Ok tomorrow I´ll Be perfect" (CdM/12inch, L´age d´Or, 1998)

"Hyperventilation Weeks" ((CdM/7inch, L´age d´Or, 2000)

"Finger on the trigger for the years to come" ((CD/LP, L´age d´Or, 2000)

"Finger on the trigger for the years to come remixes"  (CD/12inch, L´age d´Or, 2000)"

"Bad news Entertainment" (CD/12inch, L´age d´Or, 2001)

"Better Days Sounds Great" (CD/LP,L´age d´Or, 2004)

"FUKUI" (CD/LP, Clouds Hill Recordings 2010)

 

 

Das Bierbeben:

"Wir sind" (12", Shitkatapult 2002)

"Mach Deinen Fernseher kaputt"(12", Shitkatapult 2003)

"No Future No Past" (Do-LP/CD,  Shitkatapult, 2004)

"Reproduktion/Staub" (12",  Shitkatapult, 2004)

"Im Kreis" (12", Shitkatapult, 2006)

"Alles Fällt" (Do-LP/CD, Shitkatapult, 2006)

"Alles Fällt" (12", Shitkatapult, 2006)

 

Glove:

"Wunderbar" (12inch, Playhouse, 2003)

"Drogenkontrolle" (12inch+Sampler, Cocoon Records, 2001)

The Y2ks:

"Sydney Harbour Bridge" ( 12"/CD on L'Age d'Or-Compilation 1999,also on 12"/CD, Monza-Compilation, 2001)

 

Die Regierung:

"So Drauf" (CD/LP, Láge D´Or, 1992)

"Unten" (CD/LP, Láge D´Or, 1994)

"Komm zusammen" (7inch, 1992)

 

Huah:

"Scheißkapitalismus" (CD/LP, 1992)

 

Die Sterne:

"Wichtig" (CD/LP, 1993)

"Wo ist hier" (CD/LP, 1999)

 

Platinum Flaviour:

"Brenner"-"Various Artists - Y01" (12inch, L´age d´Or, 2000)

"Wintergospel"- "Operation Pudel 2001" (CD/12inch, L'Age D'Or,2001)

 

Die 5 Freunde:

"Aggro" (CD/LP, East  West, 1994)

 

Ninos con Bombas:

"El Nino" (CD, WEA, 1998)

 

"Camp Imperial" (CD/LP, Láge D´Or, 1996)

 

 

Remixes:

"Sonnendeck"-Peter Licht 

"Cést ma vie"- Phonoboy

"Kaltes Klares Wasser"- Chicks On Speed (with DJ Koze)

"Dance like it is ok"- Martini Brös (with DJ Koze)

"Rippin Kittin"- Golden Boy with Miss Kittin (with Glove)

"Playgirl"- Ladytron (with Glove)

"Here comes the night"- Ego Express  (with Glove) 

"Build A Fire "- KLF  (with Glove), 2003

"Das bißchen besser"- Die Sterne (with Glove), 1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

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