From the German lands
this quite unusual project comes, mixing
several elements from styles such
acoustic Neo-Folk, Darkwave and Electro
an interesting musical hybrid completely
intriguing and vibrating. “Sterbender
Satyr” was my first experience with this
band and I must admit, the band blows my
head of since the first listening, I
know this is not the kind of music we
include at our pages everyday, but as we
say at our main page this site is
dedicated to any kind of dark musical
expression… and believe me, Orplid
completely deserves to be here…
taken from Orplid Official Site
BB: First I would like to
thank you for giving us this interview; it’s an honour to have you at
BurningBlack… It’s really hard to me interviewing you, because I have never
interviewed a band like yours… I understand you are pretty well known in the
(Post) Industrial, (Neo) Folk and Electro/Ambient circles, but Orplid isn’t
much known in the most extreme side of underground… Can you tell us about
Orplid started in 1996 as a duo consisting of Uwe Nolte,
who writes the majority of the lyrics, and me, Frank Machau, who is mainly
responsible for the music. Now, ten years later, there is still only the two
of us, but we have worked with a handful of other contributors. In the
beginning, our music was more acoustically based, that has changed a bit
because electronics have become increasingly prominent. We have
recorded 3 albums so far and a few EPs.
How you define your music? And especially how
you define the sound of “Sterbender Satyr”?
I am not able to define our music but I am pretty aware
that it does not fit in any particular genre. Probably our trademark is a
kind of atmospheric sound... I guess the sound is very important, more than
the melodies. The music we play is definitely sound-based.
Can you tell us about your previous
discography? How do you think your
music, between “Orplid” and “Sterbender
Satyr”, has evolved?
All our three albums have as much in common as they have
obvious differences. Certain elements are present on all our recordings.
With the years we have learned to use these elements more effectively. The
music has become more complex and at the same time much simpler where
simplicity seemed fitting for a song.
BB: I was very impressed
when I get this Cd from Auerbach Tonträger/Prophecy Productions, it’s not
the kind of release I receive everyday… Why are you interested in the
Thank you. Generally, we are interested in all kinds of
audiences, we are trying to reach as many listeners as possible.
I think our music is to a certain degree extreme
as are some of the lyrics. So there are some similarities with (extreme)Heavy
Metal. Uwe has a strong Metal background. Before Orplid, we used to play in
a Heavy Metal band called “Rückgrat”. I lost my interest some years ago, but
there have been times I used to be very enthusiastic about certain Black
Metal releases ( I am convinced there are still some interesting bands
within that genre but I have somehow become a bit ignorant – blame it on my
BB: I understand
“Sterbender Satyr” means “Dying Satyr”, am I right? What can you tell us
about this name?
You are right. The
song which gave the album its name is about a
satyr on his deathbed who looks back upon his life, a life full of ecstatic
passion and innocent sensuality as well, and finally dies peacefully,
reconciled with his fate...
BB: Your music appears to
be very spiritual and mystical… What are your sources of inspiration?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. Life itself is
certainly the richest source, then all kinds of art; music, literature,
painting... Dreams are also important. Simply anything that surrounds us.
BB: I read you have
included settings of classical poetry in this work… what classic poet have
most influenced your work?
That is really a hard question. I am afraid I am not able
to give a satisfactory answer here...
BB: Can you tell us about
the “Sterbender Satyr” lyrics? I read you don’t follow particular concepts,
but the whole music sounds (at least to me) as a theatrical piece… I can
imagine this work as a random collection of songs…
Some of the lyrics deal with mythological and historical
themes, some are just reflections on nature. There is really no concept, the
album presents songs of the last 4 years, admittedly with often related
topics. There is certainly a theatrical aspect
to the music which I guess is due to the fact that the words always come
first and the song is “built” around the lyrics.
BB: One of best tracks (to
me) is “Die Seherin”… Can you tell us more about this particular song?
The song is based on a poem by Oda Schaefer which was
written at the beginning of the last century (If I remember correctly).
Sandra Fink, who is a great artist in her own right, is rather reciting than
singing it, which creates a very special kind of suspense. This is probably
the darkest song on the album and one of the most warmly received. There
still seems to be some great interest in the irrational and supernatural (
or is our enlightened audience just thrilled by it?).
BB: If the music of Orplid
was purely poetry (without music)… what kind of poetry would it be?
In some respect romantic poetry, but I feel a bit
uncomfortable with this term because these days “romantic” is often taken as
a synonym for “worldly innocent” or, worse, regarded as a mood which is
necessary to prepare women for sexual intercourse.
BB: Can you tell us about
Sandra Fink? Did she deliver all female voices at “Sterbender Satyr”? I
immediately fell in love with her powerful and beautiful voice… Is she a
collaborator or is part of Orplid? Will you continue working with her?
Sandra only sang on “Die Seherin”, for which song her
voice is perfect. She is not part of Orplid but she has sort of become part
of our... I would like to call it “family”. Therefore, I believe she will be
heard again on our future recordings.
BB: Your music reflex a
wide range of influences…What kinds of music have influenced the sound of
All kinds of music and, even more important, noises and
BB: What kind of music are
you listening nowadays?
I have just bought the new album by Scott Walker and it
is one of the most original and in fact most extreme pieces of music I have
ever heard. At the moment, everything else sounds like nursery rhymes in
BB: What are your future
plans with Orplid?
We have just started playing live, probably we will
intensify this in the future. And I would like to release a new album next
BB: Thanks again for your
time and words… Is there anything else you want to say to our readers?
Many thanks for your interest. If any of your readers
wants some further information on us, please have a look at