Founded in 2003, Herrmutt Lobby is a collective of musicians and programmers.
The primary objective of Herrmutt Lobby is to develop both hardware and software aimed at live performance. Their devices, patches, and apps are intended for direct interpretation in order to produce movement-driven music in real time. To do more with less, to allow people to perform electronic music live with feeling. Their know-how and experience in that matter has been acclaimed by the musical community, from peers to the media. Their "Beatfader" software was recommended by the Ableton Sound Designer Team as well as by the Japanese magazine Sound & Recording.
In 2013, Herrmutt Lobby released a MIDI controller builder for iPad called Beatsurfing, a unique app that re-imagined the potentials of touch control for live performance. Beatsurfing was featured on the Apple store and received positive reviews from music and tech publications including TheNextWeb, XLR8R, VICE / Motherboard, and FASTCO.
Most recently, Herrmutt Lobby have been working on a new iOS app called Playground that allows music lovers to interpret the productions of musicians from the global electronic music underground through an evolving and playful interactive multi touch interface. Playground is intended as a platform, as much as an app, where new songs can be purchased regularly and where users can share in the pleasures of real-time musical expression.
Beyond the machines, Herrmutt Lobby also make music. In 2007, they released the Pastorale Electronics EP on Thin Consolation, five tracks of carefully crafted electronic manipulations that included 'Hazebola Bassline', a favourite of Low End Theory founder Daddy Kev in the early days of the club. Two years later, they released a debut album, Hunter, alongside Los Angeles rapper Non from Shadowhuntaz. A perfect combination of angular beats and sharp rhymes, Hunter is a lost gem from the so-called beat scene released via Japanese label Catune. In 2014, the group returned to Thin Consolation with a second album, Midi + Demi. The focus this time was on jazz, with the group defining it as "what music should sound like in an alternate dimension where monkeys are black-belt jazz musicians."
In 2016, Herrmutt Lobby released with Woof, a short album for the Detroit Underground label alongside UK rapper Lord Rao and long-time collaborator Cupp Cave that pays a raw homage to hip-hop and continues the work started on Hunter. In 2017, they will once again delve into jazz explorations, this time alongside Stéphane Mercier for Lost In The Middle, another round of live madness on Thin Consolation. Throughout it all, the music and the technology, Herrmutt Lobby remain dedicated to exploring the inherent tension between rhythms and melodies and between man and machine.