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DIN A TESTBILD is a German band that rose inside the underground scenes of West Berlin, but met a degree of popularity in due time. Our main interest is in the late 70s-early 80s period, despite the connections with the punk/rock art being stronger than, supposedly, those with the electronic side, nevertheless during which the first albums, of main importance (from the huge "Programm" concept), were released.

The punk tangency isn't strange once we realize that DIN A TESTBILD is a merge of bands: TESTBILD, as a regular punk band, united with DIN A, a more obscure collective, around 1977-78. A lead musician in the first, Mark EINS was the one to invest most in the new hybrid punk-electro band, becoming in a matter of three-four years the sole mastermind behind DIN A TESTBILD (think of Edgar FROESE in TANGERINE DREAM, after 1985, or Michel HYUGEN in NEURONIUM). The TESTBILD ensemble (Eins, Nutty Norman, Genee Romee) stayed together only during a couple of early singles, along Gudrun GUT, Ian Wright, Frank Von Der Beek and Zimmerman (later Graaf musician), but essentially Gut was the only one to remain in DIN A TESTBILD, as equal founder and performer, until 1982 or so (it is known that he redirected towards other groups, notably Einstürzende Neubaten, starting with the year 1980). Eventual collaborations with Norman or Zimmerman resurfaced, but more into the 90s or 00s.

Mark Eins became, in a matter of years, more than a musician - extending to musical academic studies, art exhibitions and even acting, he turned into a cultural personality. The same can somehow be said about DIN A TESTBILD, its history being more complex and various than just the seven-eight main works.

During the first year, DIN A TESTBILD works on electronic primary type-based experiments. Singles such as Abfall/Garbage (1979) are released, followed immediately by tours - the artistic performances were, though, already numerous, ranging from clubs & festivals (S.O.36, "Festival Of The Berlin Wall") to lurking underground reunions. One of the next projects is a soundtrack for the film Rote Liebe, in which Mark Eins gets the lead role.

Most importantly, DIN A TESTBILD ends a contract, in 1980, with the Innovative Communication label, newly-founded by Klaus SCHULZE. The full debut Programm 1 is immediately recorded. The band's (or Mark Eins') relation with Schulze, on the album, extended actually to mixing, producing and (quirkily) performing, as...
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2.75 | 4 ratings
Programm 1
3.92 | 3 ratings
Programm 2
3.00 | 1 ratings
Programm 3
3.00 | 1 ratings
Leipzig & Coca-Cola
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sex 'n' Chaos
0.00 | 0 ratings
Programm 5 Sample Attack

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 Programm 2 by DIN A TESTBILD album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.92 | 3 ratings

Programm 2
Din A Testbild Progressive Electronic

Review by gr8dane

4 stars Way back in the early 80s my very good friend Jorgen worked and still does for the national Danish Radio Broadcasting.He had access to the library and had this incredible knack of picking some amazing music to borrow by looking at the covers.On top of my head Group 87 was the best one,but this one is an amazing runner up.

Don't know much about Mark Eins the 'singer/lyricist,but this album,though not mentioned here,I am pretty sure Klaus Schulze did the the music and the sounds.It certainly sounds incredibly like him.

Now.when my buddy played this for me it sounded different when he played compared to when I played it at my home.Confusingly this looked liked a regular LP,but it was actually an LP looking album ,but it was like a maxi played at 45 RPMs.Now I did not know that and played it on 33 RPMs,and it sounded amaazingly trippy compared to the sped up version.So if you like trippy Bauman,Schulze and Tangerine Dream with a trippy wacked out singer(talker),this is a coup.And especially if you like albums you can play on as dual speeds,this one is one of a kind.

Now for the rating. 45 RPMs as it was supposed to be-3***

33 RPMs by fault,this is an amazing 4 ****.

For albums you can play on 2 speeds and still sound good on either.5*****

Thanks to Ricochet for the artist addition.

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