The novelty of split releases with two bands covering each other’s songs never seems to get old, but the trick unfolds better when the bands in question aren’t such polar opposites. Case in point, the new Null Device/The Dark Clan split EP, Fading Belief. Although The Dark Clan’s electronically reinforced guitar-vamping charges a lot harder [...]
by Rich Albertoni 9. Null Device: Suspending Belief. Electronic music can be a frenetic experience. On this release, Null Device forges an alternative: a down-tempo, trancy, world-influenced sound. A deep sense of mystery envelops “Blades of Grass.” The song features Raya Wolfsun singing in Arabic, set to swirling synth drones and tribal beats. Eric Oehler is the [...]
by Joel Shanahan July 1, 2010 When listening to Madison electro-poppers Null Device’s latest, Suspending Belief, it’s easy to tell that these were the folks that attended the midnight sales for both Depeche Mode’s Songs Of Faith And Devotion and New Order’s Republic in 1993. In other words, when synth-pop tumbled out of the modern [...]
By Erika J. Bock The first time I heard Null Device was in March of 2009. My friend and local DJ/promoter Gary (known to frequenters of Club ? as DJ Garz ) had suffered the misfortune of a house fire. So, like any strong community, we – DJs, promoters, bands, friends – banded together to throw a [...]
Rich Albertoni on Thursday 05/13/2010 Since forming in 1997, Null Device has bridged production and live instrumentation to show there’s more to electronic music than beats per minute. The fourth album by this Madison act is mostly a collection of down-tempo house and trance that’s perfect for chilling out. Led by Eric Oehler, he of [...]
(Katjusa Cisar) Primarily masterminded by Eric Oehler, local synth-pop duo Null Device casts a spinning mix of ancient folk instrumentation, heavy computer beats and Eric Goedken’s vulnerable lyrics. Oehler is classically trained but a total omnivore when it comes to music, and even though Null Device is drunk on a variety of world influences, it [...]
On the new odds-ends-remixes compilation Recursions, the band persists in exploring its fascination with the melody and instrumentation of the Far East, which pairs surprisingly well with its dark-yet-slick electronic pop foundation.
Kat Kosiec on 10/28/2009 2:50pm Remix albums can sometimes be a drag, especially when you are waiting for new music from an artist and get a remix album instead. In the commercial sector of music, remix albums can seem like a thinly veiled excuse to try and squeeze as much additional money out of an [...]
by Sean Bunny As is a common practice in the electronic music genre, Null Device has followed up their 2007 CD, Excursions, with an offering of remixes, revisions, and unreleased demos they have aptly named Recursions.
An interview at dane101.com by Kat Kosiec
Rich Albertoni … Null Device Eric Oehler's electronic project stands out for its emotion and strong vocals. Tribal beats and world-music influences abound. …
Madison's Null Device has grown more and more eclectic in methodical steps: Last year's Excursions not only pulled together electronica, Middle Eastern and Indian music, industrial and pop, but also made sense out of the crossbreeds (for the most part). Just like most things within a mile of industrial music, it gets a bit maudlin [...]
It does seem like an excursion… To India, at least. The opening track “Triangular” draws a lot – and literally – from Indian Music, and mixes it with modern electronic, almost ambient music. That can indeed make a strong first impression, and if it was the original idea, it was a good one and did work. However, “Excursions” is much more than its first track, and you should be prepared for a very broad experience.
We're playing a game at George Vitennes Mini Golf in our hometown of Madison, WI. We just had sushi down the block, too. Why are we doing this? As I said to Eric: “Hey, I can actually do an interview in person for once, so let's actually do something interview-ey so I don't have to ask the same old questions.”
Things seem to move for the pop group of Madison (USA), after 10 years of relentless work and experiments, the group has just opened for De/Vision and released this new album. The influences of this band are as vast as their number of members! The base is definitely electronic pop with sometimes oriental accents “Triangular”, [...]
This unique band from the US synthpop scene continues to perfect their blend of traditional electronic pop with a smooth, hypnotic blend of ethnic instrumental additions. The first track is a wonderful song that focuses on the middle-eastern drum rhythms and ethnic instrument loops, while the next song jumps right onto the dance floor with [...]
Top 10 Albums of 2007 … null device – excursions man. 2007 was an awesome year for music. in addition to the three albums from major labels that i've talked about previously, it also saw eric oehler and eric goedken of madison's null device putting out their best album yet. perfectly merging synthpop with influences [...]
Jesse Russell, Dane101 Staff1. So…2007…how was it?: Fantastic, albiet a little bittersweet in parts. We finished and released our new album, “Excursions” this year and it's doing well. I think we've finally settled on where to go next with the band too. We had the plus of getting to collaborate with some exceptionally talented musicians [...]
Rich Albertoni… 3. Null Device — Excursions The third album by Eric Oehler and friends is intensely emotional synth pop punctuated by smooth vocals, breakbeats and Middle Eastern instrumentation. It's also the best Madison electronic album of 2007. …
Ilker YucelContinuing to mix synthpop modes with elements of world music, Null Device's third album is an appealing mix that will surely appeal to a wider audience.Null Device has been an intriguing entity in synthpop with their incorporation of world music and various international modes. This may not sound new in and of itself, but [...]
Rev. Daryl Litts Continuing where their previous album A Million Different Moments left off, this offering brings heavier elements of eclectic world music to Null Device's dance/techno/synth portfolio. I know what you’re thinking—snooze—it's been done. It has, but the cool, distant flavor of Null's music seems to suit it uniquely; at best it's reminiscent of [...]
Tom Laskin MadTracks — 'Snow and Joy' by Null Device Tom Laskin on Friday 10/05/2007 1:41 pm Excursions by Null Device A mix of Middle Eastern rhythms and anxious Spanish guitar rouse “Snow and Joy,” a roiling global groove by Null Device that reminds you just how accomplished these local synth jockeys are. Eric Oehler's [...]
I remember when this band first graced my CD player with their album Sublimation and their cover of The Smith's track “There is Light”. Many of us were introduced then to their style of electro-pop with hints of pop and other styles with breakbeats and melodic vocals. Years have past and they've graced us with [...]
TekNoirNull Device is a synthpop duo from Wisconsin in the USA whose name i already knew for some time but of whom i actually had never before heard an album. Null Device have managed to completely convince me with their third album Excursions. The band plays synthetic electropop that doesn’t sound all that synthetic with [...]