Apparat (Sascha Ring)



For nearly two decades, Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, has been one of the defining protagonists of electronic music in Germany. With tireless curiosity, he explores the possibilities of combining programmed sounds with analog instruments; he moves back and forth between avantgarde, club music, and big anthemic pop moments; he composes music for listening and dancing, but also for movies and the theatre.

Starting with his debut album, Multifunktionsebene from 2001, up to his Grammy-nominated LP5 from 2019, he has continuously expanded his musical palette and connected himself with all kinds of artists and arts, all the while creating electro pop in the trio Moderat that he founded with Berlin techno producers Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary aka Modeselektor. In contrast 
to the larger-than-life-aesthetics he has perfected with Moderat, under the moniker Apparat he searches for the musical sublime in tiny details and moments. He combines electronicinstruments with trombone, saxophone, harp and double bass, and sometimes even with furiously improvised drums.

As early as 2008, Sascha Ring has composed soundtracks for movies and television series. The Italian director Mario Martone commissioned him with the music for his film Il giovane favoloso about the poet  Giacomo Leopardi; they collaborated again for Martone ’s most recent movie Capri-Revolution, released in 
December 2018 (where Ring also makes an appearance as a long-haired proto-hippie in an early drop-out commune set in 1914). Apparat has been recognized in his industry with a series of nominations and awards in the last few years. Besides Ring‘s Grammy nomination in 2019, he won a David Di Donatello (Italian Academy Award), two Soundtrack Stars Awards and a Pierro Piccioni Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2014, 2015 
and 2018. He also won the Impala Award, VIA Award, Preis für Popkultur, and Quartz Award for his work with Apparat and Moderat. 

In 2020 Apparat released a series of work he did for theatre and film as Soundtracks 1–4 on his own imprint It’s Complicated, digital only.


Filmography (as composer)

Mitte 30 / TV Drama / 88 min / Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), TeamWorx Television & Film / Germany 2008

Traumland / Drama / 98 min / Zodiac Pictures International / SRF+ARTE / Switzerland 2013

Il giovane gavoloso / Drama / 120 min / Palomar Film / Rai Cinema / Italy 2013 (winner Premio Piccioni for best score Venice Film Festival 2014)

Equals / Drama / 100 min / Scott Free Productions / Route One Films / USA 2015 (winner Soundtrack Stars Award Venice Film Festival 2015)

Capri Batterie / Drama / 120 min / Indigo Film / Pathe / Italy 2018 (winner Soundtrack Stars Award Venice Film Festival 2018)

Stillstehen / Drama / 95 min / Cala Film / Germany 2018

Music for theatre (as composer)

Krieg und Frieden (nach Leo Tolstoi) / Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen 2012 / director: Sebastian Hartmann

Dämonen (nach Fjodor Dostojewski) / Schauspiel Frankfurt 2015 / director: Sebastian Hartmann