Real Name:
Martin Steinebach
M. Steinebach:

Monoid is a term from the area of mathematics: A monoid is a closed half group with a neutral element . I found this word fitting for my project because it is an abstract term and it is quite rhythmic when you pronounce it like we do in Germany. Most people will have no idea what a monoid is, but it sounds familiar in a certain way. So Monoid can create its own mental image in the listener.

Monoid started as an alternative to my ritual project „Conscientia Peccati": For CP I used natural sounds, ethnic and classical samples and so on. But I wanted to do something different with my synthesizers, I wanted harder rhythms and distortions and this did not fit in the sound of CP. I always look for a certain consistency in the sound of a project. So I made some industrial-like songs, some friends liked it, gave me the address of A&T records and they released two tapes in 1996, "Open Closure" (spring 1996) and "Chaos Constrain" (fall 1996). The next step were two CD-ROM-Releases on White Head Records, an A&T sublabel: "ManKind" (1997) was a set of new songs with a bit less distortions any some mid-tempo tracks. "Live Environment" (1998) was a document of the live activities during the first years of Monoid. We played at a few locations during the first years. The live sound of Monoid is much harder and more organic than on the tape and CDR releases. In 1999 (the date in the booklet is wrong, as the release was delayed) the first „true" CD was released: „Totalausfall" has more different styles then before and the sound is better thanks to new instruments and recording tools.

After A&T records went out of business, the next release "Schnittstellen" was released by Fuison Audio Recordings in 2000.

Monoid Discography Tracks


ACT 15 Monoid - Open Closure album art Monoid Open Closure(Cass, C45) A & T Records ACT 15 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
ACT 18 Monoid - Chaos Constrain album art Monoid Chaos Constrain(Cass) A & T Records ACT 18 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
whsign 1003 Monoid - Mankind album art Monoid Mankind(CDr, Album, Ltd, Num) White Head Records whsign 1003 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
whsign 1012 Monoid - Totalausfall album art Monoid Totalausfall(CD, Album, Ltd) White Head Records whsign 1012 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
whsign 1017 Monoid Live Environment(CDr) White Head Records whsign 1017 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
fus013 Monoid - Schnittstellen album art Monoid Schnittstellen(CDr) Fusion Audio Recordings fus013 US 2000 Sell This Version
fus016 Monoid - Heimat album art Conscientia Peccati / Monoid / StillStand Conscientia Peccati / Monoid / StillStand - Heimat(4xCDr) Fusion Audio Recordings fus016 US 2001 Sell This Version
DTA008 Monoid - Virtual Violence album art Monoid Virtual Violence(CD, Album) DTA Records DTA008 US 2002 Sell This Version
error03 Monoid - Pain Addiction album art Monoid Pain Addiction(CD, Album) Error315 Records error03 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
Monoid - 3 Way CD album art Monoid / Sadistic Lingam Cult / Inhalant Monoid / Sadistic Lingam Cult / Inhalant - 3 Way CD Lofi Or Die Records UK 2006 Sell This Version
SYMBCD18 Monoid - Hirn Milch / Into Nowhere album art Flutwacht / Monoid vs. StillStand Flutwacht / Monoid vs. StillStand - Hirn Milch / Into Nowhere(CDr, Ltd) Symbolic Prod SYMBCD18 France 2006 Sell This Version
INV035 Monoid - Crowd Control album art Monoid Crowd Control(CDr, Album) Invasion Wreck Chords INV035 Belarus 2006 Sell This Version
TOSOM 026 Monoid - Open Closure album art Monoid Open Closure(CDr, Album, Ltd) Tosom TOSOM 026 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
TOSOM 027 Monoid - Chaos Constrain album art Monoid Chaos Constrain(CDr, Album, Ltd) Tosom TOSOM 027 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
023 Monoid - Crisis Culture album art Monoid Crisis Culture(Cass, Album, Ltd) Luce Sia 023 Switzerland 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TIBCD042 Monoid - Pattern Hiding album art Monoid Pattern Hiding(CDr, Mini) TIBProd. TIBCD042 Norway 2004 Sell This Version
XS-008 Monoid - Forced Evolution album art Monoid Forced Evolution(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Tosom XS-008 Germany 2008 Sell This Version


MP3-Single 59 Monoid Single 59(File, MP3) TIBProd. MP3-Single 59 Norway 2005
PUSSYCAT.#007 Monoid - Music For Catgirl Lovers 07 album art Monoid / Catgirl Monoid / Catgirl - Music For Catgirl Lovers 07(CDr, Ltd) Catgirl Records PUSSYCAT.#007 Germany 2013 Sell This Version