On the train we started to do a word game where we started by saying; Was ist das? - and then we answered with any german worlds that popped up in our heads. Very silly, but also very funny when you are über tired and in a good mood.
Once we got back to our studio we were a bit lost to what our next step should be. Before our gig in Berlin we had released the EP Tanz Anarchie, and were really trying to be more EBM, but also a bit less serious then we had been on the album Testosterone. But we didn't know where to go from there and we weren't sure at all about our musical direction.
Then we started to add a bunch of noises and rythms using anything we could find on the premises. We made a snare by hitting a aluminum tray, we made maracas out of a jar filled with rice and we made alot of noises on a big, blue steel barrel. We also recorded some noises by tweaking our Korg MS-10.
We even used a toy in form of an alien mask wich had a microphone that made a couple of alien sound effects. We used that on the voice to get it a bit distorted in the break.
The song sounded very old school, very analogue and minimal. We loved it but was it Batch ID? What was it? Was ist das?
The lyrics kind of wrote them self from that point and we had found a new way to create and record songs. Today we often combine programming with some instruments or sounds recorded live.
Listen to Was ist das? at our SoundCloud page.