Bertolt Meyer

Bertolt Meyer Wicked Artist
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Mind-controlling modular synth artist, DJ & producer
BERTOLT MEYER
Bertolt Meyer Wicked Artist

ABOUT BERTOLT MEYER

Bertolt Meyer is a DJ, producer, and avowed modular enthusiast, who was born without his lower left arm. Instead of allowing this to hinder his creative pursuits, he hacked a prosthetic to create something truly special.

Having found his original prosthetic hand impractical for controlling his modular setup, Meyer began researching the possibilities of improving his creative experience by essentially shortening the signal flow between mind and action. The result is what he refers to as his ‘Syn-limb’ – a hacked prosthetic built with the help of Christian Zollner at KOMA Elektronik and his husband Daniel Theiler, which allows Meyer to control some parameters of his modular setup with muscular signals sent directly from his mind.

Bertolt Meyer is also a professor at the Institute of Psychology at the Chemnitz University of Technology.

Bertolt Meyer mind cotrolled synth Wicked Artist

BERTOLT MEYER SHOWREEL

LIVE PERFORMANCES

Bertolt Meyer DJ

Bertolt Meyers prefers the controlled limitations of the modular over the overwhelmingly open-ended possibilities of a DAW for his creative expressions. What makes his relationship with his modular setup unique is that Meyers is not only controlling it – he is an essential part of it.

DJ & MODULAR LIVE SETS

Through his live performances and creative output, Bertolt Meyers highlights the possibilities of creating and controlling music using the mind as a direct source of input. He is an artist who embodies the limitless potential at the intersection of technology and human creativity. He makes dynamic, emotive house and techno with dancefloors in mind. His debut release ‘Walk The Night’ on DESSERT (out on September 3rd) encapsulates his truly unique approach in the form of two club-ready productions, with a remix courtesy of Hannes Bieger. His second EP entitled ‘Focal Drift’ is already scheduled to follow shortly after.

Bertolt Meyer plays 1-2h DJ sets, typically in a club or similar venue, which include melodic techno and tech-house, and indie dance between 115 and 135 bpm. He feels most at home at around 126 bpm but can also do down-tempo-ish background music for non-dance events. He DOES NOT do wedding-DJ-type stuff where people can request their favorite pop song and he typically does not take audience requests. No use of the synlimb arm prosthesis adapter for DJing.

He also performs live on synthesizers and drum computers, in combination with or without the DJ sets (see above), in which he extensively uses the synlimb arm prosthesis. In those shows, he doesn’t just play records, but mixes records with playing live on synthesizers and drum computers. 120-132bpm, best overall described as melodic techno and house.

TALKS & WORKSHOPS

DISABILITY AS POTENTIAL

Bertolt Meyer is a tenured full professor in Psychology and an experienced public speaker with a background in science, teaching, and award-winning TV science documentaries. He has given talks and keynotes (English or German) in front of large audiences at TEDx Cambridge University as well as at leading companies, including Google, SAP, BMW, Deutsche Bahn, and many others.

Bertolt Meyer speaks about:

– Disabled or Cyborg: How technology changes the meaning of disability.

– Human Enhancement: Transhumanism from disability studies and psychological perspectives.

– Well-being at Work: The rise of burnout, and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for psychological well-being at workplaces.

– (Managing) Diversity at the workplace: Risks and benefits.

Bertolt Meyer Keynote Professor

BERTOLT MEYER IN ACTION

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