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Gordon Raphael “Substitute Music” video premieres at Noisey

SOMEWHERE IN GERMANY – Gordon Raphael is pleased to announce that his video for “Substitute Music” has premiered at Noisey. Dive in via:


Gordon Raphael is a musician and record producer born in New York, best known for his work on The Strokes Is This It and Room On Fire, and Regina Spektor’s astonishing debut Soviet Kitsch.

After spending his rebellious teenage years in Seattle playing rock-n-roll keyboards in bands, Raphael taught himself how to use tape recorders and analog synthesizers as a method of writing obscure, weird outer-space songs. These compositions featured heavy use of ring modulator, Echoplex, phase shifters, mad distortion and poetry released under the names Mental Mannequin, Colour Twigs, Sky Cries Mary and Absinthee.

In 1998 Raphael made an honorable pilgrimage back to New York, where he planned to dazzle the music world with his Pacific Northwest brilliance. In fact, performing songs in nightclubs was rather slow going, but Transporterraum NYC, the studio he founded with cutting edge Berlin producer Moses Schneider (Beatsteaks, Tocotronic), was earning a reputation for great recordings done at a cheap price. By 2005 time Raphael had recorded over one hundred bands, including The Strokes, Skin, The Libertines, Damon Albarn, Ian Brown, Satellites (Mallorca) and Kill Kenada.

As a producer, songwriter and music fan Raphael prefers music that is unique and powerful, always choosing to work with bands and artists that have the magic spark of creativity- not worrying about trends, commercialism, radio or TV. As of 2016, he’s preparing to release an album his own songs recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina.