Hands Productions

Hands Productions

Profile:
Hands Productions, commonly referred to as just HANDS (with all capitalized letters!) is a pioneering label for contemporary electronic music, presenting artists from all over the world. The covered genres extend beyond the core business of Rhythm Noise into the areas of IDM, Drum & Bass and Breakcore, Minimal Techno, Ambient, Electronica and Sound Art.

HANDS has a backcatalogue of well over 200 releases under its belt, mostly fullength artist albums on CD or vinyl. Around 35 artists are currently active.

Also it has a history of two decades to look back at:

Udo Wiessmann founded HANDS in 1990 as an independent platform for his own musical projects Atrum, Severance and Winterkälte that would grant him complete artistic freedom. At this stage, the label operated from Fürth (Franconia/Southern Germany) and released limited edition cassette tapes of above mentioned artists as well as Industrial compilations.

In the mid-1990s, focus shifted towards the promotion and development of Winterkälte, and their debut album was the first HANDS release on vinyl. Their distinct style of Drum’n’Noise quickly put them at the cutting edge of the rising Rhythm Noise scene. Their subsequent three CD/vinyl albums and the unique live presentation have since secured them an exceptional status within the scene.

In the late 1990s HANDS moved operations to Dortmund (Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area of Germany) and started to regularly release artist albums in the CD format: The first ones were the debut albums by Orphx, Ah-Cama Sotz and Needle Sharing, soon followed by then newcomers Mono No Aware, S.I.N.A., Xabec and 5F_55 (later 5F-x). Ever since it has been the label’s main intention to establish long-term relationships with artists and to continually promote their work; in some cases, HANDS artists have resurfaced after a quite long time of seeming inactivity.
Over the years HANDS has introduced and established many popular acts, among others S.K.E.T., Nullvektor, Edgey, Angina P., Shorai and Empusae, rediscovered seasoned producers like Geistform and Wieloryb and rereleased the classic backcatalogue of The Klinik.

From 1997 on HANDS maintained the Power Electronics and Noise sublabel 220N, which was vinyl-only and put out beautiful specially packaged records. Unfortunately, the unavailability of 220g vinyl pressings rendered the concept obsolete around 2004.

The HANDS artists are regularly presented by means of two long-running compilation series:
The first one was started at the turn of the millennium as 2000 HANDS (2CD/5LP), a massive collection of three tracks each by 10 artists. View this either as a deep and detailed insight into the label’s activities or simply as a bargain bundle of 10 EPs - this series has gone into six editions so far.
The second series is the annual FORMS OF HANDS festival compilation – an exclusive track each by every one of the label acts to appear on stage at the label showcase taking place every spring since 2001. The 11 editions of the FORMS OF HANDS compilation perfectly reflect the development, growth and diversity of HANDS.

The desire for individuality and quality is represented through the outer appearance of the >HANDS Paper Pack< - a special CD packaging made of paper and carton only without using plastic. Most layouts are designed by Nicola Bork, giving every release a distinct visual identity.

In addition to the annual FORMS OF HANDS festival, the label’s artist regularly play festivals like Maschinenfest, Mutek, Kinetik, WGT, Schlagstrom, Elektroanschlag or Infest as well as performing numerous club shows all over the world, including full tours of America and Asia. Sound artists like Incite/, Schachtanlage Gegenort or Saverio Evangelista are also active within the art scene, doing sound installations and audio visual performances.
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Contact Info:
Hands
P.O. Box 101921
44019 Dortmund
Germany

info@handsproductions.com
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
¥701 Various Teknoir(2xCD, Comp) Hymen Records ¥701 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
ACKTION006 Various Super MAO Land: Musik Für Eingeweide (Compilation #2)(CDr, Comp, Ltd, Num) Empty Room Exploration ACKTION006 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
B002 Various Different Forms(2xCass, Comp + Box, Ltd) Hands Productions B002 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
B003 Various Different Forms II(2xCass, Comp + Box, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B003 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
B004 Ah Cama-Sotz Épithaphe & Fear(CD, Album + 7" + Box, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B004 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
B005 Various 2/3(LP + LP, S/Sided + Comp, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B005 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
B006 Winterkälte Structures Of Destruction (Album) B006 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
B007 Winterkälte Structures Of Destruction(CD, Album + Box, Ltd) Hands Productions B007 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
B008 Ah Cama-Sotz Murder Themes & Terra Infernalis(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B008 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
B009 Winterkälte Drum 'N' Noise(CD, Album + Box, Ltd) Hands Productions B009 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
B010 Winterkälte Drum 'N' Noise(LP + 2xLP + Album, Ltd) Hands Productions B010 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
B011 Various 2000 Hands(5x12" + Box, Comp, Ltd) Hands Productions B011 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
B012 Various 2000 Hands(2xCD, Comp) Hands Productions, Hands Productions, Hands Productions B012 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
B013 Proyecto Mirage Two Tons Of Rumble(CD + 7" + Box, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B013 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
B014 Orphx The Living Tissue(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B014 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
B015 Various 2001 Hands(2xCD, Comp) Hands Productions B015 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
B016 Various 2001 Hands(5x12" + Box, Ltd) Hands Productions B016 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
B017 Mimetic On The Other Side(3x12" + Box, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B017 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
B018 Ah Cama-Sotz La Procesión De La Sangre(CD, Album + CD, EP, Ltd + Box, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B018 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
B019 Various 2003 Hands(5x12", Ltd, Comp) Hands Productions B019 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
B020 Various 2003 Hands(2xCD, Comp) Hands Productions B020 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
B021 Sonar Volt Revisited(2x10", Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B021 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
B022 Synth-Etik Dimensional Construct(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Hands Productions B022 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
B023 Klinik Akhet(2xCD, Album) Hands Productions B023 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
B024 Ah Cama-Sotz 10 Years Bat Vibez(2xCD, Album) Hands Productions, Hands Productions, Hands Productions B024 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
B025 Klinik Box(2xCD, RE) Hands Productions B025 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
B026 Winterkälte Disturbance(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Hands Productions B026 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
B027 Kom-Intern Ukusa / Echelon(2xCD, Enh + Box, Ltd) Hands Productions B027 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
B028 Mimetic Dancing* The Changing Room / Electric Fur(CD, Album + CD, Maxi + Box, Ltd) Hands Productions B028 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
B029 Various 2005 Hands(2xCD, Comp) Hands Productions, Hands Productions, Hands Productions B029 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
B030 Various 2005 Hands(5x12", Comp, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B030 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
B031 Klinik Nineties(2xCD, Comp) Hands Productions B031 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
B032 Klinik Projects(2xCD, Comp) Hands Productions B032 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
B033 Orphx Teletai - Rarities And Remixes(2xCD, Comp) Hands Productions B033 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
B034 Various 2009 Hands(2xCD, Comp) Hands Productions B034 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
B035 Empusae Mortusae(2xCD, Comp) Hands Productions B035 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
B036 Greyhound Tactical Evolution(2xCD, Album) Hands Productions B036 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
B037 Various 2010 Hands(2xCD, Comp) Hands Productions, Hands Productions, Hands Productions B037 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
B038 Heimstatt Yipotash H.Y. Breed(2xCD, Album) Hands Productions B038 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
B039 Mono No Aware Tatemae Honne(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B039 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
B040 Ah Cama-Sotz Murder Themes II(LP, Pic + CD + Album, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions, Hands Productions, Hands Productions B040 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
B041 Winterkälte Maschinenfest Tracks 1999 - 2014 B041 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
B042 Syntech (2) Only Ruins Remain / Decade(2xCD, Album + Ltd, Num) Hands Productions B042 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
B043 Various 25 Years Of Hands(4xCD, Comp, Ltd) Hands Productions B043 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
C004 Winterkälte Winterkälte(Cass, Ltd) Hands Productions C004 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
C009 Various Forms Of Industrial(Cass, Comp) Hands Productions C009 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
C010 Atrum Fanum(Cass, Ltd) Hands Productions C010 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
D001 Various 1654 The Cave I (Comp) D001 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
D002 Severance Naturecide(CD, Maxi) Hands Productions D002 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
D 003 Cicuta Virosa Media Murder E.P.(CD, EP) Hands Productions D 003 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
D004 Various 2/3(CD, Comp, Ltd) Hands Productions D004 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
D005 Ah Cama-Sotz Épithaphe(CD, Album) Hands Productions D005 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
D006 Winterkälte Structures Of Destruction(CD, Album) Hands Productions D006 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
D007 Various 1654 The Cave II (Comp) D007 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
D008 Orphx Vita Mediativa (Album) D008 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
D010 Ah Cama-Sotz Terra Infernalis(CD, Album) Hands Productions D010 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
D011 MS Gentur First Chapter(CD, Album) Hands Productions D011 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
D012 NKVD Prolog(CD, Album, Sma) Hands Productions D012 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
D013 Winterkälte Drum 'N' Noise(CD, Album) Hands Productions D013 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
D014 Proyecto Mirage Proyecto Mirage(CD, Album) Hands Productions D014 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
D017 Mono No Aware Kitanai Yatsu(CD, Album) Hands Productions D017 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
D018 S.I.N.A Snapshot(CD, Album) Hands Productions D018 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D019 Proyecto Mirage Two Tons Of Rubble(CD, Album, Sma) Hands Productions D019 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D020 Parsec(CD, Album) Hands Productions D020 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D022 Needle Sharing My Kind Came First(CD, Album) Hands Productions D022 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D023 Xabec Seelenschiff (Album) D023 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D024 5F_55 I(CD, Album) Hands Productions D024 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
D025 Winterkälte Greenwar(CD, Maxi) Hands Productions D025 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D026 Ah Cama-Sotz Mantra(CD, EP) Hands Productions D026 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D027 Synth-Etik Synth-Etik(CD, Album) Hands Productions D027 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D028 Various Forms Of Hands(CD, Comp, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions D028 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D029 Orphx The Living Tissue(CD, Album) Hands Productions D029 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D030 Typhoid Destinazione Magnetica(CD, Album) Hands Productions D030 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
D033 Klinik Sonic Surgery(CD, Album) Hands Productions D033 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
D034 Ah Cama-Sotz La Procesión De La Sangre(CD, Album) Hands Productions D034 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
D036 The Bitter End(CD, Album) Hands Productions D036 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
D037 Various Forms Of Hands 02(CD, Comp, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions D037 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
D038 Mono No Aware Kika No Sekai(CD, Album) Hands Productions D038 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
D039 Placid Skull Ov A Pussy(CD, Album) Hands Productions D039 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
D040 5F_55 II(CD, Album) Hands Productions D040 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
D041 S.I.N.A Back In Stereo(CD, EP, Enh) Hands Productions D041 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
D044 Synth-Etik Dimensional Construct(CD, Album) Hands Productions D044 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
D046 Shorai Sounds Without Souls(CD, Album) Hands Productions D046 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
D047 Various Forms Of Hands 03(CD, Comp, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions D047 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
D048 Orphx And The Infant Cycle Orphx And The Infant Cycle - Interference(CD, Maxi) Hands Productions D048 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
D049 Adjacency Pair Adjacency Pair(CD, Album) Hands Productions D049 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
D054 Punch Inc. Rush Hour (Album) D054 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
D055 5F-X 5F_55 Is Reflected To 5F-X(CD, Album) Hands Productions D055 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
D056 Proyecto Mirage Gas Alarm!!!(CD, Album) Hands Productions D056 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
D057 Needle Sharing Switching To Channel Inferno (Album) D057 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
D058 Norm Was Der Mensch Braucht(CD, Album) Hands Productions D058 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
D059 Various Forms Of Hands 04(CD, Comp, Ltd, Num) Hands Productions D059 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
D060 Klinik Dark Surgery(CD, Album) Hands Productions D060 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
D063 ¥π¥ [wai pi wai] (Album) D063 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
D064 The Klinik* Live At Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2004 (Album) D064 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
D065 Greyhound Electroiz(CD, Album) Hands Productions D065 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
D066 S.K.E.T. Aktivist(CD, Album, Sma) Hands Productions D066 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
D067 Kom-Intern Ukusa(CD, Album, Sma) Hands Productions D067 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
D069 Winterkälte Disturbance(CD, Album, Sma) Hands Productions D069 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
D070 The Klinik* Melting Close + Sabotage(CD, Comp, RE, Sma) Hands Productions D070 Germany 2005 Sell This Version

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June 14, 2009
HANDS goes into it's 15th year of existence in 2009, and it has proven to continually develop - maybe not as quickly as you might expect, but well... who would have ever guessed they would come up with a homepage that actually provides conetnt and a mailorder section, plus a myspace page?
Also, the label's artist rooster has increased, as well as some long lost bands resurfacing, like SYNTH-ETIK or TYPHOID. 2008 saw the debut of MASCHINENKRIEGER and LAST DAYS..., more primitivist noise, not so much my cup of tea, but 2009 has provided a wonderful harvest with the irresistably charming Drum&Bass of ANGINA P, the slightly intellectual quirkiness of INCITE/ and the fresh takes an Rhythm Noise by British act PCP PRINCIPLE and the tribal-styled GREYHOUND-offshoot SYNTECH - all those are to be well watched!
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Carstor

April 27, 2003
I don't like everything from that label, especially some newer bands like S.I.N.A or Mono No Aware are too boring sometimes. But there are still many good artists on that label, have a listen to Orphx, Xabec, Ah Cama-Sotz, Squaremeter or Needle Sharing ...