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
003-2018. Fuck you, 2017 i'm with 2018 now.
"Bladerunner 2049 ... why u so boring, man?"
Actually did i wait for the digital release to have an unspoiled, intimate experience with the new movie and then...
Bladerunner 2049 is by far the most boring, 1-dimensional, uninspired, heartless and useless movie since i can't remember.
Yes it looks perfect. And there is a one-digit percentage of niceness in the movie - thats true. But... Uch!
Mad Max 4 could do it, Alien: Prometheus could do it, Star Wars practically blew the legacy versions away, Star Trek finally turned around,... but this?
It just feels like a second brew of an already not-soo-good tea, then watered down even more, leaving so many exciting
opportunities just ... untouched and ignored ... at the side, so many doors unopened, such a... as if you walk right through paradise,
down the main hallway just to get to the McDonalds. And it is the same empty, meaningless blur that Sony already dragged the
James Bond franchise into. Go home, Sony, you are uninspired! Please! Just a hint: skip opiates and valium, dear Sony
suits, and try weed or DMT for a change. I feel so numb after watching this, i'm afraid you're having serious visionary problems. Boring vibes, dudes!
So, if you are a hard core bladerunner and 80's industrial style fan: do yourself a favor and skip the 2049 thing. It ruins everything.
291-2017. This is not an exercise.
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.
266-2017. Preaching to the perverted.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
"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.
" 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. "
(*) 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.
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.
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:
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.
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!)