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One of the first artists to explore the style of "laptop techno" eventually tagged as glitch, producer Peter Rehberg joined the Mego collective in late 1994, shortly after Ramon Bauer, Peter Meininger, and Andreas Pieper started the Vienna-based label, and eventually ran it. Employing the moniker Pita, Rehberg collaborated with General Magic (Bauer and Pieper) for the first release in Mego's catalog, the Fridge Trax 12", released in early 1995. Rehberg's first solo release as Pita, the Seven Tons for Free full-length (Mego), came in 1996. Shortly thereafter, a live album, Live & Final Fridge, found Rehberg again collaborating with General Magic, this time at the Interference Festival in Berlin in July 1995. However, it was Rehberg's Seven Tons for Free album that impressed many and established an esteemed reputation for the producer, who then collaborated with Bauer throughout 1996, resulting in the Faßt full-length for Touch Records (the first release in a trilogy that also includes ballt [1999] and passt [2001]). In 1999, Seven Tons for Free was remastered and re-released; it won the Distinction Prize for Digital Musics at Ars Electronica that year, garnering yet more acclaim for Rehberg. He capitalized on the renewed interest in his work as Pita by releasing a follow-up album later in 1999, Get Out (Mego). In subsequent years, Rehberg continued producing, though primarily under his own name or in collaborative settings with the likes of Christian Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke (beginning with The Magic Sound of Fenno'berg [Mego, 1999]) rather than as Pita. Rehberg periodically activated Pita for recordings such as Get Down (Mego, 2002), Get Off (Häpna, 2004), Z'ev collaboration Colchester (Editions Mego, 2008), and Get In (Editions Mego, 2016). ~ Jason Birchmeier

London, England
Jun 29, 1968

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