wertstahl>> |back catalogue |demoscene |Pouet |csdb |roof |GIT |YT

wertstahl is a kunstwort built from the words wert and stahl. it was coined in november 1998, with the sole intent of being prominent. it previously was just the name of my techno-industrial band, and now is my universal nickname, too. my real name is sebastian ivo hartmann. i am a producer and audio-engineer (but i do many other things professionally, too).

this page, which focuses on all the past and current musical works of wertstahl, is not a blog. it is more like a codex .

291-2017. This is not an exercise.

"Level 42"

After long years of thorough observation, i have come to the following conclusion.

If your experience differs from this, you might suffer from living in a filter bubble.

This is not a joke, actually i am very thoroughly serious about this. Again.

266-2017. Preaching to the perverted.

"Attention please!"

No matter what you think and since i'm not asking for opinions, let it be known:

This is by far one of the most entertaining and best albums of all time. It is a real, super-complex, vivid and meaningful album. I kid you not! Knort and i have spent countless hours of lawnmower tuning and Commodore hacking, in the dawn of the 1990s, whilst listening to it.

Unless you knowingly nodd and agree, go the fuck over to your record store or amazon and buy the remastered double-cd (and rip it to flac) right now!

This is not a joke, actually i am very thoroughly serious about this. Big chance i am listening to it right now, for the 1337th time!

260-2017. Cancer du Monde.

"Computer, add armageddon to my shopping list."

Since futurism has become yet another marketing lube, i am happy to finally having found my funeral party.

Dear media- and -designer-cowhores, thank you for prying Cthulhu's gate wide open. Thank you for your blatant humanism and naivety. As a philosopher of misantrophy, i feel like Nero, watching Rome burn. On a global scale. You're doing Satan's work better than i could ever have wished for. Pass the poison. Let us dance.

247-2017. Breaking news.

Why so saur, Dino?

C=Rex Offline @ Datastorm Summer 2017

In march of 2017, Hedning commanded me to port this game to the commodore C=64, of whose assembly language i happen to be a native speaker.
As it turned out to be more of a challenge than i thought (took longer than the estimated 2 weekends, haha), i was lucky to be able to present it at Datastorm Summer 2017 demoparty, where, which i found out after arriving, also sweet people like Chris Huelsbeck, for instance, would happen to participate.
Thus, i had a intensely awesome weekend in Sweden, after a menacing time of living-up-to-expectations-coding and serious Lebenszweifel.
But for the latter, an easy cure is actually beer.
The rest is just getting your ass up and crunch through the tidal wave.

Some words in this text have links in them and you can click on them.

The game was released here (CsDB), here (Pouet), here (40 numbered copies on floppy disk) and here (GitHub).

Have a nice day.

TL,DR: visited the city of Gothenburg in Sweden to release a Commodore C=64 conversion of the game t-rex offline aka dino runner and it was awesome.

246-2017. Music, at last.


I was offered to have one of my tunes be used as a soundtrack to a graphics card comparison video. The song itself actually is from my PSAUX record, but since the original version contains pornography-related samples of Heather 'Deepthroat' Brooke, i had to make a SFW version of the tune, for which i then used my Wertstahl monicker as remixer credit. Clever, right? By the way, making the song sound like a late 90s Cabaret Voltaire song, was actually done on purpose.

Thank you, King Citro, for making it happen!

198-2017. "Gut feeling. 5.56."

"Wertstahl - Cobra/Delta/Black[ß]"

10-Tracks Instrumental drum&bass / jungle + electro.
Note: the bandcamp info says it has 13 tracks. That is a bug && not true.

136-2017. Guessing into the future. Constantly.

"Automation will eventually eliminate the need for human labor."

Today, again, i was just fooling around with that brain organ, which i am carrying around with me, at all times, inside that skull, which is attached to my body's skeleton, when i suddenly felt like interneting this extensive read.

Be warned, it is text, not a video, so, there might be some actual labor involved.

How boring, right?

Here is some plain, scientific speculation on that topic.
101-2017. Experiment, Test, Tweak, Export. Plus i really fell in love with the Spessart.



From Proto-Italic wideo,
from proto-indo-European weyd ("to know; see").

Cognates include Ancient Greek eído, Mycenaean Greek wi-de, Sanskrit vétti, Russian vídet,
Old English witan (English wit), German wissen, Macedonian vidi, Swedish veta..

Composer link: Inipi - Raining Acid

83-2017. RLS, ZIP, STOR, DEL

Endlich bist du weg.

lycht aus

Ein letzter Abschiedskuss und dann ist schluss.

58-2017. Reality lurks nearby

Disco Afterparty.

" We Americans are slow(*) to anger. We always seek peaceful avenues before resorting to the use of force - - and we did. We tried quiet diplomacy, public condemnation, economic sanctions, and demonstrations of military force. "

Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, April 14, 1986

(*) The United States of America conducted retaliation airstrikes on Libya 9 days after the disco club "La Belle" in Berlin was targeted by a terrorist bomb attack, allegedly orchestrated by the Libyan secret service. As of current state of knowledge, the U.S. government allegiations were refuted, so being stated in a report by german ZDF TV FRONTAL Magazine on August 25th, 1998.

46-2017. (D) is for Dystopic

Praepostfaktischer Neoklassizismus der deutschen Realitaetsverzerrung.

aka "Journalismus"


So afraid of the future are many, that the twisting of reality shall be our business.
Make it scary. Make it unsafe.


A great thunder. A screen of dust and smoke. An urgent message.

.ws - cdb - d&&d

L O A D I N G . . .

© 2017 wertstahl | wertstahl is a battlecommand.org product || mp3

02-2017. Death to the Blackhats.

Ego, fein Feind.

Back in the days when we turned our backs on the gothic circus kindergarden.

Even more legacy.

Remember when you did something for the first time? Well, i do. Ofcourse, from a professional view, there is always a little pain involved in the first time, but the initial thought just counts. Like a seed.

So here it is. The very first recording of the Wertstahl prototype, called CombatLinkK, created in 1991. When First Words was recorded directly to tape, in 1993 we had no idea of how we could achieve professionality, so brace yourselves. This is the rough shit.


Get the 2016 revised edition plus bonus versions right here:

CombatLinkK - First Words RV (1993) {R}2016

All tracks created with Oktalyzer on Commodore Amiga 500. And oh yes, i was around 16+ years of age.

Don't ever let anyone stop you.

We decided to give you the original version of what then became Wertstahl's KONTROL.

wert stahl

It has some surprising versions and additional graphics. Enjoy this official demo release!

Newly released legacy version [+ graphics and video]:

Wertstahl - Industrial Mining (2008 Kontrol Demo Vocals by GaU)

Official Retail version:
Wertstahl - Kontrol (2009) [iTunes]

Wertstahl - Kontrol (2009) [Bandcamp]

I helped a bit alot to make this become reality:

It took quite some time to mix and master. I hope you enjoy it as much as i do.

We made this:


It is so beautiful.

The peeps in Hacknet appreciated the quality of my sounds by using one in their game.

Tweet tweet.

Keep up the great work!

For your ultimate chilled layedbackness, i stirred together these fine tunes:

Park your Panzer in the bush and sip a beer!

Industry is futile. The corrosion of subculture will fuck everything up. Ev. ery. thin. g!

vapor is the new new.

these stairs, they lead DOWN

Awakening of the Weird Species


A generous 3x MP3 download offering - super fresh stuff!

From below the melting permafrost Awakening of the Weird Species comes to you as a gift from the nice folks in Sethnefer, Fleischdolls and Wertstahl. It is a little appetizer for your ears and minds of what to expect in 2016. These are not just ordinary remixes, but the result of long time spiritual connectedness.
mnt.mn, producer of Fleischdolls was so nice to hack together some few lines of code, so i can show you how the excellent guitars* of Sethnefer, the freshness of Fleischdolls-Sound and the weirdness of Wertstahls' intense moments of highest concentration work together elegantly.
Click on the red picture above or here to go to the player, directly.

*("Organe Und Gewebe" by Fleischdolls also contains guitars by Sethnefer!)


Valley Exit


Mountain View




Sͭͦ̽͑ͨỏ̗͕̲̟͔͖̉ͣ̚m̫̝̭͙̯͇̀ͥ̓̇ě̘͎̼̟̟̭̈́̓ͮͣ̽ͭͅṭ̠̮̗̝i̢̥͖̗̜̹̒̍ͧ̓m̳ͦ̾̋͑͐̈ͥ͢e̮̠̘̗̯̟ŝ̴̲̍͒́ ͚ ͧ̋͗̅̽ͨi̪̊̐̓̆̇̇̃ͅ ͪ̏̔̅ͦ̈́ͧ͏͎s̲̥͓̳̘̳̎ͧ̀t̩̭̟̒ͤͤͨ͌̅i̻̪͎̤̾̓̾͝ll͚̩ͯ̌̇̋͛͊̈͠ ͏̱̗̙̻̺͕ͅh̽̆̂̓̋̋ ̴̱̙̠̙̫͎̒ͅa̗̭̻̓̇̀ṿ̥͙͉e͉̘͙̦̋̾̎̔ ̮̻̱͂̕t̵͙͉̼̼̅ͤ̓̉͒ͅẽ̟̞̱̿rͤͥ̉̂ͪ̒͜ȓ̸̲͔͂̋̌i̳̻b̫͕̂̏̓͌̓ͭ̂̕l͗ ̘̘̹̀͊͛͌̚͞ḙ̵͖̠̪̜̞̈͌̽͊̃̔ ̦̠̈́̑̏͠ͅd̵͎̗͕͇͋r̪̦̝̽ͥͧ̎e̯͍̯ͤ͂̀ͯ̏ả̙ͣ͒̇ͧ̎͑m͈̼̲̠̩͙̞̈́s͉̠̙̓ ͖͋ͧ͂͘ ̝̼̩̹̝ȏ̡̤̪̺̳͂ͣ̏̚f̶͚̲̺̘̓͋͒͛̄ ̧͙͔͇̌͐̍̽ͩy͎̩̺̣͎̺͖̿͂̎ͯͥͤͫ͟o̹̥ͣ͝ͅu͓͇̯̬͑̿̊̎ͫ̓̆̕.̴̼̻ͩ̈͐ͫ ͈͍̹̳͐ͣ
͈̻̌ͦ̓ͥ͝A̷̤̯̻̩̪̹͔̎̄͑ͫ͑̏n̻̤̞͉͉ͯ̓d̫̻͕̪͕̣̯̎̂̈͟ ͗ͧͥ͘i̟̠̤̰͂̐ͩ̂ ̘̣̳̱͌ͣ́aͧ͊ͩm̪͖̱̗̖ͬ́ ̼̙͎͚ͧ̌̆̀ ͎l̲̝͐ū̶͖̩̘̞̻̘͆͒ͥ͌̏̏c̼ḵ̥̙̘̮̺̠ͧͪ͐ỵ̘͓̻͙ͣ́͑͐ͫ ̞͉̝̀ͅi̱̤̮ͣ ̂̃͆̋d͍͉̟͔̙͌͗ͦ̓ô̡̳̖̩̺͚̂ͧn̊̇̚҉ͅ'͋ ̞͙t̹̫̻̦̆͗̂̀ ̳̘̗͠w̳͕̥ͯa͍̮̬̟͚̩ͦͫ͐ͧ̄ͨͤͅs̫ͩ͑͊̉ͤͩͮt̝͖͎̞̹ē̶̱͓͎͛͑ ̗̖̪̰͑̇m̦̮ͤͬ͛̇̀y͂ͮ͐ͨ͐̓ͧ ̫͈̔͝ ͈̱̤̲̫t̝̤͔͍̜̦͑́i͚ͮ͢m̮̘̗̖͍̦ͨ͟e͟
̶̦̮̩̱̓́̈ͫ͊w̟̟͂͂ͧ͌́i̼̜t̞̙͖̒̂̓͊́ͅh̖͕̑͒͆ͬ ̯̠͕̹ͩͬ̈́ͮͦͮa̢̳͚͈̟̰ ͕̫̣̬͚̻̪͂̋̏ͥ̈ͨ͊h̤̜̱̒̍̏o͇̞̣̻ͫrͤ ̯̪̜͛̂ͣͬ̌̒r̯͍̰̤ͫ̾ͥ͛ͮi̳̠͖̪͓b̧͓̳̼̤̃̆̑͐̆ͦl̻͈͉͎͋͟ê̲̼̣̱̫̽ͅ ͮ̚p̬̻̹̳̬̰̞ͯ̔ͭ̏ͩ̆e͗̒̇͒҉͈̣r̹̥̉ͤ̽̊ ͚̪̘s̞̰̱̥̦͟o̶̓ͨ̂͆̈́ͪ̈n͎ͅ ̹̣̘͇͚ͮ̃͝ḽ͙̥̮̮̰̦͗͗͗͐̓́i͉̪̠̺̩̜̩͆̏̆k̶̫̲ͣͬͩ̀̎e͕̻͚̼͖͂͢ ̪͎͈̤ͣ̓ͧͯ̿ͥẙ ̢͎͔͍̳͚̞̾̽̂͂̏ŏ̧̰̭͓̩̗͎̌̄ͅu̬͔͑͠ ͫ͑̅҉̤͎̰̫͚a͂̎̐ͩ́̿n̞̯̮̒͡ͅy͎̙̪̾͐̚͡ṃ̷o̷̙̺͈͎͈̙̳͑̂ͦ̌ͮ̋r̨̿̆̍̚ ̣͇̹̤̭̙e̲̫ͤ̿͘ͅ.̜̜̳͎̺̗̉̇̽ͩ̑̀

©1998, 2016 wertstahl | wertstahl is a battlecommand.org product | all rights reserved
administrative contact || e-mail: wertstahl[at]gmx.de
sebastian i. hartmann, wuerzburger str. 1, d-63791 karlstein am main, bavaria