Andi Otto performs electronic music with the cello. He has released five albums, various singles, collaborations, and remixes on international labels. Together with the Indian vocalist MD Pallavi, he creates decelerated electronic dance music with a „mystically futuristic sound design“, as the Igloomag puts it. His latest LP is „Bow Wave“, released on the Multi Culti Label in May 2018.
On stage, he plays a unique sensor-extended cello bow which he has developed in collaboration with STEIM in Amsterdam.
This instrumental system which he calls „Fello“ allows for the gestural performance of the electronically processed sounds of the amplified cello. Andi Otto regularly composes for theatre and dance performances in which he also appears as a performer. He closely collaborates with musicians such as F.S. Blumm or Perera Elsewhere. His work has taken him around the world, most recently to India, Brazil, and Japan.
Andi Otto is also one of the founders of the Pingipung label and as a DJ he hosts a regular night at Hamburg’s Golden Pudel Club. He is a member of the Flinnworks theatre collective from Berlin, creates music theatre performances with Leo Hofmann, and regularly works with choreographers.
He has written his Ph.D. thesis about the STEIM SensorLab, a pioneering device for physical interfaces in electronic music from the 1980s. He teaches media theories and hands-on workshops about musical interfaces at HKB in Bern and Humboldt Universität Berlin.