Next year it will be 10 years since I stated DRL so as things are a bit slow with new Drexciya/Mueller news right now I thought it might be a good idea to begin an occasional series where I refer to some of the previous subjects I covered in those early years. First on my list is easily Black Replica who new readers might not even be aware of. This was the first MySpace based collaborative project of Heinrich Mueller which due to its incredible music and that nothing was ever really resolved about it (there were never any physical releases or new information about them other than what they gave us) it has remained very pure and mysterious and, I believe, remains very compelling for many others too. All of these MySpace projects were perfect for me to cover and publicize with DRL at the time and a lot of fun and exciting to try and figure out at the time.
page was first launched on MySpace in October 2006 with three incredible songs and was fronted by a still anonymous female. She did appear to go under the name Black Replica though and did do one interview which actually dated from an embryonic period of the group before their songs were even fully completed. This interview can be read at this archival DRL link and the quote above comes from it. About the same time they launched a YouTube account called Paradox Twin to host videos for 'Mathematical Eyes' and 'Twilight Pupil' and later would add one more new song to the player. One of the most surprising things they did was play live with a string of five dates in small clubs in Europe during the first half of 2007. Without Mueller anywhere in sight she appeared solo on stage with a very theatrical show. As she wasn't playing any instruments but had a backing tape it was more like a PA with costume changes and video projections which made me wonder if she was a performance artist of some kind. One of my readers sent me a review of their Swedish date (which was also the very first Dopplereffekt live show which also bizarrely didn't feature Mueller either). We now know that this was also probably the last thing they did until without warning in December 2009 an additional three new songs were added to their player. While again they were very good tracks they may have been leftovers and since then there has been nothing.
Thankfully all seven of their tracks can still be heard on their player and they are all well worth hearing. I don't know what happened with MySpace since then, it did go through some big changes and became old news pretty fast once Facebook came on the scene. The old accounts which survive are pretty plain looking today and obnoxious MySpace promoting videos tend to pop up on them but please don't let this put you off from checking out Black Replica. Alternately you can use the player to record the songs as MP3s and add them to your iPod or computer as I have. Today after almost 10 years the music has very much endured and I'm quite comfortable to never know what it was all about and would be very surprised indeed if they were ever to reform at this stage. While hard to discover they are not a group easily forgotten, let the mystery continue.
I wrote quite a long piece about them in late 2008 which is a good place to read more details and speculation about the project or if you simply use the search box for Black Replica you will find whatever I wrote about them and more. That all important MySpace player can be accessed at this link. There is a live video with a new track not on the player from Madrid and also a two part video from a show in Gent (here is part 2) and one more from another show which shows a clip from one of the videos as a projection. There are also again plenty of fan videos for tracks from the player if you search YouTube.