Peter Rehberg is the head of the label Editions Mego, the essential label in the development of sound art and experimental music in Europe over the last 20 years.
Mego was founded in Vienna in 1994 by several members of the city’s fledgling techno scene, in order to provide an outlet for ideas other than those created for the dancefloor and 4 x 4 rhythms. Twenty years on, it continues to open up new paths, discovering new artists and releasing innovative and daring material beyond the bounds of the most travelled areas of electronica. Rehberg, aka Pita, has been involved with the label since 1995, and took the reins in 2005, giving a new boost to the platform by adding Editions to the original name, creating new avenues for publication (the offshoot labels Spectrum Spools, Ideologic Organ and Sensate Focus) and expanding the extraordinary roster of musicians in its catalogue.
Twenty years ago, composing and performing music on a laptop was very rare, and Pita is one of the pioneers of what was then known as “laptop music.”
Rehberg will be reviewing the label’s history and his own in a conversation with Anne Hilde, journalist, writer and art curator, presenter of the programme Late Junction on BBC Radio 3, a contributor to Wire magazine and the artistic director of the Oslo-based music organization nyMusikk.
Sónar will also hold a showcase featuring Editions Mego artists like KTL, Klara Lewis, Russell Haswell, Voices From The Lake and LCC.