a retrospect of the “line of time” album

We are looking at the first album that was released as the first collaboration between Claudio and Tobias at the end of April in 2011, we are looking at “line of time”. This album is like the quiet introverted brother of “no one”. Think of a bar full of people when suddenly “line of time” enters this bar only a few people take notice that someone new has entered, “line of time” is greeting politely and is searching a seat somewhere in the background. Now imagine that same scene but now “no one” is entering the bar. The door swings open very loudly and “no one” screams a yelling “hello!” into the round of people. Nearly everyone takes notice that someone new has entered the room, and of course “no one” stands in the middle of the attention for most of the evening.

Time to take a look a bit more closely to “line of time”…


For the first time since the inception of ex machina this album features true, almost traditional songwriting complete with lyrics and vocals.

“line of time” starts with “head up (in the sky)” and for the first time you can hear lead vocals on an ex machina track. Claudio had a shot at the lead vocals but thought his voice was not really fitting, so Tobias took over this part and he did it really great.

“head up (in the sky)” is a song about that sweet feeling when you were too indulgent on some certain substances. The stomping but a bit lingering beat is underlining this feeling very good. You are almost at the brink of falling asleep but you are going forward nevertheless and you can hardly control all your movements. Your body is down but your “head is up in the sky”.

Also for the first time on an ex machina track distortion is used quite frankly which sets this track apart from earlier ex machina productions which were much clearer and cleaner sounding. All in all the production of “line of time” makes this album a connector between the older ex machina albums and the more radical “no one” in the future. It seems like that Tobias and Claudio were finding and defining their collective language with this album.

To be continued…


Listen to “line of time” for yourself:

“line of time” album at Spotify

available at: Amazon / iTunes and other online stores

“line of time” full length album preview by ex_machina

download the accompanying booklet of this album for free right here:

download at Google Drive (external link to Google Drive)

FLASHBACK: the time when Claudio contributed a track to an art project

in 2008 Claudio contributed the track “drifting (disintegrating)” to the first season of the art project “Music from Masses” by Matthias Fritsch. the idea was that Matthias Fritsch was providing a video and contributors could add music and sound to it.
upon seeing the video Claudio remembered he had a very experimental track lying around which was originally done for another art project that never really happened. so Claudio was experimenting a bit with the track and the video and refined the music a bit. the result is a very hypnotic experience. the track fits the video very well and together they almost invoke a meditation like state in the viewer.

have a look at the video for yourself:

the website of the artist Matthias Fritsch: http://www.technoviking.tv/subrealic.net/

you can also download the track “drifting (disintegrating)” fro free over at SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/ex_machina/drifting

studio time

a small update on our activities…

well, we are working on new stuff in the studio at the moment. sometimes private interruptions keep us away from working, but we always come back.

there is no finalized plan on when we will release the new material. we will do it when we feel it is ready to be released.

until then… have fun and let us all make this world a little less crazy and insane.

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